Last year I met Davy Nance through the college ministry, Overflow as he served on the Host team. Davy could always be caught with a smile stretching from ear to ear while welcoming students. He is currently finishing up his Masters in Divinity through Liberty University and is concentrating in pastoral ministries. Even though many unknowns lie ahead of his journey, I have enjoyed seeing him actively following Jesus through his day-to-day work.
Over this year, I’ve witnessed the perspective he has gained while volunteering on the cafe and greeter teams at the PC3 Wilmington campus, serving as a Cafe Captain for Overflow, and learning as an intern under Don Brown at the PC3 Leland campus. Davy shared that these different opportunities, “…open up doors for me to create relationships, serve others, and possibly be the first bit of joy and encouragement they have.”
During his internship with Don Brown, Davy has been able to learn about what it looks like to lead a church campus as well as help other staff members with their work. Davy mentions, “God has been showing me that ministry comes in so many different ways. My initial call to ministry made me have tunnel vision to what being a pastor is. Over the years, and especially diving into this year with Don has allowed my tunnel vision to be destroyed in a great way.”
God continued to open up Davy’s vision as he was hired at the Brigade Boy’s and Girl’s Club where there are more than 2,200 youth being served. As the Preventive Program Instructor, Davy helps teach engaging programs that will proactively prepare the children for challenges they will face in the world. The programs focus on healthy lifestyles including body care, handling peer pressure, and preventive measures against drugs, gangs, and harmful activity.
Davy shares, “In my role at Brigade, God has been showing me how important it is to mirror His patience. The kids are great at doing things that get them into trouble. They get so caught up in what they are feeling, or what they are doing, that they do not consider that what they are doing is wrong.”
What I am inspired most from Davy’s experiences is the heart-centered focus towards the youth. He continues, “They get so caught up in what they are doing, and before they know it they have messed up. I am working towards recognizing that while punishment is effective in teaching the kids I oversee, them seeing I care is going to be the most effective form of teaching and correcting.”
Davy explained that caring for them involves having one-on-one conversations that allows him to enter into the depths of their hearts and discover the root of what’s really causing their behavior. By having conversations with the children in his care, Davy is able to develop a level of trust as they see his efforts to pursue the good in them.
Thank you Davy for sharing your experiences and leaving this encouragement, “God has challenged me throughout the years by helping me recognize that there is no such thing as an insignificant role in God’s Kingdom. From the world’s view, we are good at putting certain roles on scales that tend to make some seem more significant and others insignificant. But the reality of God’s Kingdom is that every role is important and necessary.”
What I learned from learning about Davy’s story is that no matter what role of our job is, the people we are surrounded by, or the hardships we encounter, we can always find joy in knowing that it can all serve to mold ourselves and advance the gospel. (Philippians 1:12)
Story Written By: Casey Pham
PC3 has a special heart for students. With the Wilmington campus located right around the corner from UNCW, a lot of students have become regular attenders. I first began attending PC3 my freshman year of college at UNCW and now here I am, on staff at the church that took me in and made me a part of the family during the course of my college years.
In Grow Zone Wilmington, PC3’s birth through Pre-K ministry, you will find plenty of students serving each Sunday. What a cool opportunity to get plugged into the local church while in college – by pouring into His littlest ones as they take their first steps in learning the basic truths about God’s character. There are four volunteers in GZ who have such a cool story that I want to share. Emily Bailey, Tyler Dangerfield, Madison Lindsey and Becca Workman first became a part of the Grow Zone family the fall of their sophomore years at UNCW. These four girls are college roommates and Overflow attenders who truly love Jesus.
They started out serving with the Overflow crew at Fuse Camp a few summers ago to take the next step of plugging into the community of PC3. Becca said, “I love my roommates so much. We all love the Lord and wanted to get involved. It started with helping at FUSE, the youth camp, two years ago and we just knew we wanted to get involved more. I have a deeper relationship with these three girls because of the passion we all have to serve.”
These girls understand the concept of authentic relationships and pursue intentional friendships with one another based on the picture of unconditional love that Jesus shows us. Tyler said, “After going to PC3 for about a year, us four girls decided we wanted to serve and give back to the church that has been so great to us. We all love kids. With three of us being nursing students, and the other going into pediatric recreational therapy, we thought what better place to serve than Grow Zone!” So they took their next steps to get involved serving more frequently.
The people that Madison met at PC3 had such an impact on her that she wanted to be able to have that impact on someone else. “After being apart of a church that is so invested in volunteering and helping people, I felt the calling to be more involved in the church and went to What’s Next. When shadowing for Grow Zone, it felt like a small family that wanted to get to know me,” Madison said.
College is such an interesting season of life; living away from home for the first time, becoming independent, discovering what you truly believe about God, yourself and your future. The community you surround yourself with in college will have a lasting effect on who you are as a person. For these four roommates, they knew that they wanted to serve Jesus by volunteering at PC3. They decided to jump into serving weekly together in Grow Zone and have served every Sunday ever since. Tyler said, “We love doing things together and are already together 95% of our time, so why not make it another hour together, while serving!”
The girls have taken it a step further and are no longer just involved in one volunteer role. Becca is on the Worship Team in Treasure Island at the Wilmington Campus and is going on the Overflow mission trip to Guatemala in a few weeks; Tyler works one-on-one with a child with special needs through Grow Zone’s Buddy Program; Madison and Emily are involved with Overflow; all four of the girls spend much of their free time investing in PC3 families by babysitting for them and teaching the kids that Jesus loves them!
Since getting involved at PC3, Emily has “learned to invest in the lives of others as that is what builds true fellowship with other believers. Being intentional has been such a conviction and I love being able to see how the Lord works in everyone’s life.” Watching the way Emily interacts with not only her roommates but also the families she invests in through Grow Zone has been such a cool experience and example of how to love others well.
These four students started attending PC3 at the beginning of college because someone invited them. Becca’s sister attended PC3 while she was in school at UNCW and told her about it; Emily’s older friends from high school were already attending PC3 when she moved to Wilmington so they brought her; Becca and Emily invited Tyler and Madison to go to PC3 with them. Now here they are, in their third year at UNCW and their third year attending PC3; the impact of their commitment and service has touched more lives than they probably understand in just three short years.
Tyler said that, “PC3 is one of the biggest reasons my faith has grown so much. From friends, to the services, there is always so much encouragement and knowledge around me.” The story I know of these girls all started with ONE–someone invited these girls to PC3. Now their impact has multiplied greatly. It just takes one person to Be One and make a difference in someone else’s life. These girls are choosing to use their time in college to make an impact for God’s Kingdom through PC3. I am blessed to witness their story.
It seems to be so easy to isolate your struggles with faith and to believe you are the only one struggling. At Passion 2017, this loneliness was eliminated. During the opening to this powerful conference, attendees were asked to hold up their phone flashlights to answer questions that appeared on the screens. Questions flashed such as, “Do you struggle with anxiety?” or “Have you had to walk with someone through cancer?” The room was illuminated with the flicker of lights in these moments as God’s glory was shining through each person’s struggles.
Port City’s college ministry, Overflow, took 95 students to Passion 2017. Inside the packed Georgia Dome, over 50,000 young people raised their arms high and worshipped God together. The encouragement in that room was explosive. College students from 90 different countries who knew the name of Christ, who knew they were “a child of God,” gathered together to declare they were forgiven. At Passion, students were able to find community and encourage one another at whatever place they were in their walk with God.
“I am so thankful for the experience and the connections I made while I was there. I feel as though I walked away with at least 30 new friends and a refreshed spirit. It was also a good reminder as a college student that we are not alone as young followers of Jesus,” Coy Rigdon (UNCW sophomore) said.
At a time when Christianity is becoming increasingly discouraged, thousands of Christians gathered together in Atlanta, GA to celebrate the devastating beauty of the cross. Each speaker spoke about the hope the cross provides when you’re willing to place God before yourself. After receiving these messages, students formed small community groups where they were able to connect on a deeper level and process what they were learning.
“I really loved going to this conference because it showed me that I have to be willing to put work into my relationship with God today to expect results in the future. It’s definitely comforting to know that so many people feel so strongly or are looking for a relationship with Christ,” Emma Jackson (UNCW freshmen) said.
Discussing faith, personal trials and Scripture with complete strangers from different parts of the world showed how powerful God is and how we are not alone in our faith and struggles.
“Over the course of a few days the girls I roomed with and I grew closer as we talked and shared with each other what was happening in our lives and how Passion and the presence of God there was changing us,” Carley Wallace (UNCW junior) said.
During one of the sessions, attendees heard about the needs of Compassion International, a Christian humanitarian aid group. They were challenged to “Make History Together”. This was a call to action for every child to be sponsored in the country of El Salvador. Students responded in such numbers that not only every child was sponsored in El Salvador, but also Rwanda, Tanzania, Indonesia and half of Bolivia. In total, over 7,000 children in need were sponsored.
I stood in awe, thinking these were the same people who had held up their lights expressing their struggles just a few nights before. Despite these deep struggles, we were all able to join together and make a major global impact. Baillie Mustard, a UNCW freshmen, believes that Passion brought her closer together with her Overflow community as well as better established her role in her school community.
“Me and my friend are now sponsoring a child together and I can’t wait to see how much closer this will bring us. Community groups were another highlight of my trip. There is something so special about being able to open up and relate to other college students. Passion has left me renewed and ready to go back to back to school with a new mindset of reaching out to those in my community,” Ballie said.
Story written by Maggie Brown