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"[the word] Agape represents the love of God. It's the original love. It's the purest form of love," Pastor Drake said.

FAITH IN FOCUS: 'Agape' Church Strives to Show Namesake

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By giving purpose, they believe they're giving life, Pastor Burnett Drake of Agape Fellowship Church said. By giving purpose, they believe they're giving life, Pastor Burnett Drake of Agape Fellowship Church said.
"When it's not holidays were in fellowship down here and kind of talking to each other and helping out with the elders of the church and things like that," 8th grader Allaija Williams said. "When it's not holidays were in fellowship down here and kind of talking to each other and helping out with the elders of the church and things like that," 8th grader Allaija Williams said.
"We live in a world now where so many people are hurting. So many folks are distressed. But we try to offer the answers to those issues there," Pastor Drake said. "We live in a world now where so many people are hurting. So many folks are distressed. But we try to offer the answers to those issues there," Pastor Drake said.
"You get them early enough then you can change that child's life. Whether they're male, female - you can change that person's life because you got them early enough," Pastor Drake said. "You get them early enough then you can change that child's life. Whether they're male, female - you can change that person's life because you got them early enough," Pastor Drake said.
The youth rally typically happens annually at the start of the school year and involves former athletes and current musicians and artists from the Jackson area. The youth rally typically happens annually at the start of the school year and involves former athletes and current musicians and artists from the Jackson area.
If you're older, hopefully you have some wisdom. And if you're younger, energy and getting riled up shouldn't really be a problem.

These age groups, however, don't always meet eye-to-eye.

But Pastor Burnett Drake of Agape Fellowship Church said when the demographics meet, that's when real change in the community happens.

"[the word] Agape represents the love of God. It's the original love. It's the purest form of love," Pastor Drake said.

"Agape's a fitting name for how God feels about the world," Pastor Drake said.

So it's no coincidence that 'Agape' is also the name of this Jackson church which has a goal of giving hope through giving purpose. They're putting FAITH IN FOCUS.

Click here to watch last week's FAITH IN FOCUS: Discipleship and the Power to Curb Teen Suicide at Jackson First

The pancake breakfast: a fellowship event so common perhaps because it's so effective in getting kids involved.

"When it's not holidays were in fellowship down here and kind of talking to each other and helping out with the elders of the church and things like that," 8th grader Allaija Williams said.

And when the congregation heads upstairs a focus remains on children including events for them outside of the church, Pastor Drake said.

"One of the main things is we have a youth rally every year that gathers a lot of people to come. A lot of children come. A lot of churches, in fact, from all over come," Pastor Drake said.

"We live in a world now where so many people are hurting. So many folks are distressed. But we try to offer the answers to those issues there," Pastor Drake said.

This is especially true in the area surrounding the Metrocenter mall. Pastor Drake said the answers is getting people involved and giving people goals/responsibility.

By giving purpose, they believe they're giving life, Pastor Drake said.

"You get them early enough then you can change that child's life. Whether they're male, female - you can change that person's life because you got them early enough," Pastor Drake said.

Allaija Williams said she is already working on being a disciple with the younger children.

"I treat them like their my siblings, like my younger siblings, because I've know them for a little bit. And I want them to feel like they can come talk to me if they can't talk to their parents or pastor or anything because it's harder talking to adults than it is talking to us," Williams said.

The youth rally typically happens annually at the start of the school year and involves former athletes and current musicians and artists from the Jackson area.

And if you'd like to share your church community with the viewers of NEWS CHANNEL 12 contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.


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