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Restoration Praise’s Commitment Shines Bright

Story by Debra Anderson

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s crucial to create spaces where children can grow, learn and find a sense of belonging. The Restoration Praise Center (RPC) in Bowie, Md., has taken up this cause by extending a warm embrace to young hearts in the community where the church is located.

RPC recently participated in a Children’s Passport Program, showcasing the culture, music, food and people of Haiti. In partnership with the city of Bowie, church members gathered at the Old Bowie Celebrates festival to create a safe place for learning and play for more than 400 community children.

Lola Moore-Johnston, lead pastor at RPC, emphasized that community outreach and children are fundamental aspects of the church’s mission. “Through this event, we aimed to unite people from diverse backgrounds and ensure that every child felt valued while learning about a new culture, in this case, Haiti,” she says. “The focus was not only on religious knowledge but also on instilling core values like kindness, empathy and respect for others.”

Larry Green, associate pastor at RPC, was pivotal in coordinating the event with the city. He believes the RPC outreach to children in the community is a testament to its unwavering commitment to nurture the next generation. Leaders say that through a wholistic approach that encompasses education and support for families, RPC members are sowing seeds of compassion, understanding and faith that will bear fruit for years to come.

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