9 teens go to Atlanta to share Gospel They will minister 5 days to athletes and residents

July 28, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Lauren Smith and Amanda Kraft are going to Atlanta today, but not for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

They and seven other teen-agers from the Chesapeake Christian Center on Tick Neck Road in Pasadena will spend five days preaching to the athletes and residents of the Georgia capital.

"It would be nice [to see the Games], but that's not the main focal point," said Lauren, 14.

"I'd rather be ministering," Amanda, 13, volunteered.

The nine youths and four adults will divide the 12-hour trip into two days before they arrive at a local church campground in Atlanta.

Rick Knight, the youth pastor who is going with the group, said they will spend most of the week handing out food and evangelizing to non-Christians through mimes and street dramas.

The group also will pick up trash and repaint homes in the inner city, he said.

Knight said the Olympic Games in Atlanta was a convenient choice for the church's summer ministry.

"A lot of times, youth ministries tend to send their kids overseas to evangelize," he said. "This time, we have all of the countries of the world coming to us."

Most of the teen-agers did odd jobs for church members to raise the $135 it will cost for each of them to go on the trip. But Amanda said the inconvenience of baby sitting and selling pizzas would be worth it if one person took up the Christian faith.

"If one person is saved, then it's a great success," she said.

Lauren agreed. "I just love to do stuff for people," she said. "This is just a great time to do it."

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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