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Beyond the Walls - Your Stories

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us-veteransMetro – we just completed another successful Beyond the Walls outreach Sabbath!  The stories and reports are great!  We’ve had some members write for us on their experiences.  We hope you enjoy them.  I’ve listed an excerpt from each blog below – click on the title to read the entire article.

If you’d like to share your Beyond the Walls experience with the church family, email your article to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Not sure you can write?  Neither were many of the authors below and they did a fantastic job!  We’ll help get you “print-ready”.

Many pictures from our outreach activities are posted on our social media outlets.  We may post some of them here, but in the meantime, visit our Facebook page, and search on Instagram and Twitter for the hastag #metrosda.




Claudette Smith – Do I Need that New Dress? (Ridgecrest)

 I encouraged her to take another dress.  She said, "No thank you!"  And off she went.  A few moments later, I saw her looking at the shoes that were available.  I watched as she found herself some shoes.  She put them in her bag and ran to her mother excited.  I approached her and asked her if she found everything she needed, and she replied "Yes and thank you."  After giving me a hug, she left with her family.  I watched her walk away as happy as can be for she accomplished what she set out to do, get herself a dress.

Omari Battles – Experiencing God through Trash

 Fortunately, we were able to find the ranger.  Apparently, the whole time we were looking for her, she’d been sitting under a pavilion not far from where we were parked. We didn't notice her initially because I guess we were looking from someone in "park ranger" clothes.  Lol.  

Clem Hackett – Our Sick and Shut-In Blessed Us!

As soon as we got to her room, the member at the assisted living residence immediately invited others to the worship session, and soon the voices of residents and ours resounded in joyous songs of praise to our Savior.  It was truly inspirational.  A lady who was visiting her mom at the facility heard us worshipping and asked to join us; she was touched by the service she witnessed. 

Juliana Williams – Preparing to Feed 200 was a Joy

We (the cooks) were not able to mingle much, as close attention needed to be paid to ensure quick and orderly distribution.  However, the audio system in place allowed us to hear the worship service and also the powerful testimony of our own Brother Jones.  It was also heartening to answer questions from the clients regarding which church we were from.

Evenn Gill – We Stayed and Prayed

 Sabbath April 5 was a memorable day of good deeds, songs, prayer and praise, as we gathered with a special sense of purpose. While most of Metro's members went out to serve the community as part of our special project called "Beyond the Walls”, a small group of worshipers remained at the church in fasting and prayer. The songs "Bringing in the Sheaves" and "Seeking the Lost" took on an extra special meaning.

Danielle LaTouche – MetroKidz Go Beyond the Walls!

The most memorable moment happened when we knocked on the door of a beautiful older woman named Ms. Virginia.  Not only did Ms. Virginia open her door, but she invited us in!  By the end of the visit, there were over 12 children and adults in Ms. Virginia's tiny room.

Vanessa Lester – Feeding the Homeless in Franklin Square Park

…When we arrived, we began setting up tables to organize the pots of hot food, water, serving dishes, and spiritual books. Even during setup, the park guests were anxious to begin being served. One woman, who was enjoying a bag of chips, walked up to the table asking if soup would be served. She was very happy to find out that it would.

Michelle Harrison – Sack Lunches at Ronald McDonald House

The service project overall was a great success. The House Manager expressed his gratitude for Metro’s service. Although we did not interact with the parents, one of the Metro members in attendance shared her own experience with a Ronald McDonald House when her goddaughter was hospitalized. She explained what a blessing it had been to her and her goddaughter’s parents, and shared with the group how much the families really appreciate being able to come back from a long day at the hospital, walk into the kitchen, and know food is there waiting for them.

Antoinette Cato – No Money Necessary

There was this particular man who accepted the granola bar and water I offered him; he said thank you, but he keep looking around in his car. I told him the water and bar were free.  He said, "Free?  But I want to give you something [money]."  I had to convince him that he did not have to give me any money.  He said "God bless you; God bless you."

Trevonna Gibbons – Food and Friends

It was exciting to be a part of this experience in sharing God's love and doing the will of our father in feeding the hungry. Some of our group members decided they would continue to volunteer their services with Food and Friends and be God's hands and feet. In the words of Matthew West's song, "If not us then who? If not me and you, right now.  It's time for us to do something. If not now, then when will we see an end to all this pain.  It's not enough to do nothing. It's time for us to do something." Metro, Let's GO!!! 

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