Each month we highlight some of our key volunteers and give you the opportunity to meet some of the folks make up the Urban Purpose team. We have people of all ages, from children to senior adults, involved in the ministry on a weekly basis. As you’ll see, no matter what phase of life you’re in and what you’ve got going on, there are ways for you to plug in and show the love of Christ to the needy in your city.
This week we want you to meet Loren Roth and Claire Cummings. Loren and Claire have been involved in the ministry since the spring and are a key part of what we do each week downtown.
Where do y’all go to school and what grade are you in?
We’re both seniors at Vestavia.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Loren: I Figure skate, I’m on Rebelettes, and I teach hip hop to 4th/5th graders. I go to The Lovelady Center on Tuesdays and I’m president of NHS.
Claire: Rockettes and dance classes
Do you know where you want to go to college and what you want to study?
Loren: I want to go to Duke in the fall (hopefully I’ll be accepted!), and I want to study physical therapy or global health
Claire: It’s between Auburn and Alabama. I plan to study either child development or education.
Who is your favorite musician/band?
Loren: Ben Rector or Steve Moakler
Claire: Hmmm… I like a lot of music! I really like Ben Rector and James Morrison at the moment.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
Loren: Baha Burger
Claire: Johnny Rockets.
When did y’all start going downtown with Urban Purpose?
I think we started going in February or March of our junior year.
Talk a little bit about having the opportunity to serve alongside your close friend(s)?
Loren: Claire and I have been friends for a long time, but I have learned the most about her and her relationship with Christ through conversations we have had together with the people downtown. Also, I really like having someone there to keep me accountable to come back week after week and to pray for the needs of the people we meet each week.
Claire: It’s neat to watch my friends grow spiritually by being the hands and feet of Jesus on a consistent basis. The impact it has on their lives is so evident. Loren and I have become even closer friends by meeting and serving these people together.
What has God taught you through serving with Urban Purpose?
Loren: God has taught me the importance of prayer. Whether it may be seeing the negative affects of a lack of prayer in someone’s life or seeing how my consistent prayers really do bring about change in my life and in others, God has reassured me that our prayers are heard and our prayers are powerful.
Claire: There is an abundance of needs all around us, and God is teaching me so much about what it means to do what I can with a servant’s heart. It might mean serving a meal, hugging a homeless woman before she goes on her way, handing out hygiene kits, or just exchanging jokes and laughing with a homeless man. The smiles on their faces and the fact that they come back most every week shows me that what I can contribute truly does affect the Kingdom.