By Gary Mitchell
The ploy is to have youth reach out to other youth via a visually dramatic presentation, say organizers of “The Light of the World.”
“The Light of the World is a multimedia presentation, complete with drama and testimonies by young people,” said Tammy Willard with the Communities for Christ Steering Committee, which is sponsoring the event. “It touches on issues that kids are dealing with today, such as divorce, loneliness, sickness, self-image and school violence.”
“The Light of the World” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall at Clovis High School.
“We want to expose more kids to the Gospel,” Willard said. “We want to give them good clean activities to attend as well as sharing the Gospel with them.”
“The Light of the World,” a blend of contemporary music, multimedia, drama, testimonies, worship and ministry, is presented by Youth in Ministry 2003, a group composed of 49 youth and nine adults, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“So many times, the hurts and pains and frustrations of our lives lie just below the surface,” said the Rev. Bud Miller, youth pastor at First United Methodist Church, Carrollton, Texas, director of the Youth in Ministry group. “We do our best to bury them. We’re not sure how to deal with them. We know intellectually that God is the great healer, but we struggle to know how to access his grace and his healing.”
That’s the purpose of the group’s ministry, Miller said.
“One of the primary goals of our presentation is to bring God’s grace to our emotions and to our spirit,” he said. “This whole presentation is going to be a worship service. It’s our heart’s desire to honor God and his amazing grace through this presentation.”
Erica Watson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Clovis High School, was impressed after watching a video of the group’s presentation.
“They’re trying to target the youth and to help them with the hard issues of life we sometimes face, such as divorce and self-esteem,” she said. “They use multimedia, music and drama — and they share their testimonies. It’s a great show.”