Archive for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hope serves as cornerstone for new ministry in area

November 17, 2005

Teen years are tough, scary and unpredictable. During these years, teenagers are shaping who they are and who they will be, and they are making difficult decisions that will affect the course of their lives.

This January, a new local ministry -- Young Life -- will begin working with teens in Basehor and Bonner Springs. The purpose of Young Life, a national organization that's worked with youths since 1941, is to teach students that people believe in them and to help them find purpose in their lives.

The program is offered in 45 countries, in all 50 states as well as other regions in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

"Young Life is about giving kids hope, said Heather Myer, who will leave her current job as communications director of the Basehor-Linwood School District next month to begin work as a Young Life intern. "We go into the world of teen-agers, build relationships with them and provide them a safe place to have fun."

Three years ago, Edwin Weaver, pastor of Bonner Springs Nazarene Church, began talking about bringing Young Life to this area. In the last six months, support for the new program has gained momentum.

"Young Life changed my life as a teen-ager, and I can't wait to see the impact it has on our community," he said.

Next semester, Young Life ministry will begin working with middle-school age teens in Basehor and Bonner Springs. The organization hopes to establish itself locally and then branch out to other areas.

"The ultimate goal is that Young Life would be present in all high school and middle school communities in the Kaw Valley," she said.

Young Life is a privately funded organization. It has no official affiliation with the Basehor-Linwood or Bonner Springs school districts and receives no funding from the school districts.

For more information about Young Life, contact Myer at (913) 620-5554 or visit the Web site, www.younglife.org.

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