|1/29/2007 | 11:19:01 AM
One Student...Making a Difference
Senior year can be pretty busy for most high school students. Not only do you have to make time to study (with high hopes of graduating), you also need countless hours to check the mailbox for those college acceptance letters or to search for that ever-elusive "job." Jerod Wanner knows the drill. But, Jerod finds time in his stressful schedule to work at his church as well. Jerod is the first-ever student intern at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw, IL.
While he has been involved in church activities from AWANA all the way through high school youth group, he is now serving and leading his peers. Jerod works with Phil Shields and Josh Gates, the high school and junior high pastors at New Castle, learning and gaining experience as a junior high leader. Amanda McLaughlin, a high school youth leader, has watched Jerod grow and mature over the years. She said, "he is an extremely influential leader in his class, and always seems to challenge even me with how much he loves God."
Over the years, Jerod has participated in several Sonlife events. Last year, he journeyed with his youth group to Chicago to attend Sonlife's new high school experience called Merge. Jerod talked about what he was expecting from Merge…"I was expecting a spiritual high which wasn't what I needed, but that's what I wanted." Instead, he found something quite different. He explains, "Merge built
a foundation that I am still building off of today. Merge changed everything about how I went about reading God's Word. It made me branch out and see his Word as a story that's completely relevant in my life. I began to see all the characters in his story and relate to them." © 2007 Sonlife Ministries • All Rights Reserved
© 2007 Sonlife Ministries • All Rights Reserved
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