How did it start?
For years my wife and I have been involved with young people, we’ve talked and helped hundreds of them. Our work with the youth has taught us that they long for friendship, acceptance, and involvement. They are eager to make a difference in the world around them. Unfortunately, many times, they feel lost, and try different things to fulfil their lives and find their path.
There is no exact recipe when helping the youth. They are all unique, with different backgrounds, and each one of them carries a different experience in life, but there’s one thing that doesn’t change: all the youth, with no exception, have the desire to be involved in a cause bigger then themselves.
As a couple with two teenage daughters, we have always been involved with mission trips to different countries, and we have witnessed first-hand how a mission trip impacts and transforms the lives of young people and adults. Unfortunately, mission trips are expensive and not everybody can participate. Realizing the impact that service has in the lives of the young people we created My City My Passion.
My City My Passion is a project for the youth who want to serve in the cities close to where they live, without the need to spend thousands of dollars to experience a mission trip. The project consists of four parts: (1) leadership training (2) community service through acts of compassion, (3) friendship and recreational activities and (4) spiritual and character development activities.
Our first My City My Passion happened in 2014 with only 14 youth, two of whom were our daughters. Since then, My City My Passion has grown, and hundreds of young people have dedicated a week of their Summer vacation to serve their communities. Today, not only has the project grown, reaching and transforming the lives of young people, but it has also involved adults who wants to make a difference in the community.
We hope you join us to make a difference serving the community around you!
Dr. Paulo Macena
Lead Pastor of Ellicott City SDA Church in Maryland and Co-founder of MCMP Project
MCMP Project Co-founder & Program Coordinator