Victor is an assistant manager at Magnolia Kitchen, and Alyssa works in Vendor Relations at the Dwyer Group. They have been married for three years, and have a one-and-a-half-year-old son. They are involved in a families Lifegroup, and have recently started volunteering with our Guest Ministries team on Sunday mornings. Victor serves with the Umbrella and Parking lot teams by driving the golf cart and picking up cones from the parking lot. Alyssa serves in the NEXT Room and cleans up the Volunteer Room during the second service.
WE RECENTLY GOT TIME WITH THEM TO HEAR WHY THEY DECIDED TO SERVE:
Why did you decide to volunteer with Guest Ministries?
Victor: When we joined Antioch, I really wanted to serve somewhere I could be useful. Guest Ministries seemed like a great way to get connected and serve behind the scenes, and it has been amazing!
Alyssa: I wanted to volunteer with Guest Ministries because I love the idea of the NEXT room. Antioch is such a large community of people, and I wanted to be able to help guests feel connected right away and not get missed in the shuffle. I like being able to let them know they matter and that we’re glad they visited our church. It’s also a great place to share what God has done in my life with others who need to hear a testimony of His goodness.
How have you personally grown through your experience serving?
Victor: I have not been with Guest Ministries long, but I am learning how to be a part of something big and be committed to service, while still finding time to rest and be with my family. It may seem strange, but it can be a hard lesson to learn.
Alyssa: My second Sunday in the NEXT Room we were asked to pray for our new leaders. I started listening to the people around me praying, and it was so encouraging because I could tell they all genuinely love Jesus. Before coming to Antioch and volunteering, it was easy for me to not be as intentional in my relationship with God. Being around my NEXT team members every Sunday challenges and encourages me to know God deeper and live more like Him.
Do you have a testimony to share from your time serving?
Alyssa: We recently prayed for a woman whose husband lost his job. I’m believing for God’s provision in her life. I asked her to come let us know when he gets a new job so we can celebrate with them!
Victor: I meet a lot of people while I’m driving the golf cart. In the brief time I get to speak with them, some have offered small parts of their testimonies to me. It’s incredible to be able to speak with such a diverse crowd of believers in one place. One of my favorite moments was watching two guys on the team pull their cart over to talk with a man who was sitting on the curb one morning. It was such a blessing to see these men do the work of the Kingdom while doing a task very few want to do.
Is there anything you want to share with people who are thinking about volunteering with Guest Ministries?
Victor: Guest Ministries is a great place for anyone who is just getting used to the idea of serving, or for anyone who serves and has a passion for bringing others in.
Alyssa: If you’re thinking about volunteering with Guest Ministries – especially in the NEXT room, we would love to have you! Being able to share hope and joy with people who are needing Jesus, or a place to call their church home is so rewarding.
If you are interested in volunteering with Guest Ministries this summer, or in another area of our church, fill out this form. We can’t wait for you to get connected!