Jr. High Youth Rally
‘Be aware of what your gifts are’
Junior high school youth from across the diocese filled the auditorium at Dodge City Community College all in the name of getting to know Christ just a little better.
The theme for the annual Diocese of Dodge City Junior High Youth Rally, Oct. 6, was “Jesus is the Real Lifesaver.” One of the highlights of the rally came when artist Mike Debus of Overland Park painted a portrait of Jesus on a revolving canvas while Mikey Neddleman of Olathe sang and played a hauntingly beautiful song on the guitar.
As if to further illustrate the theme of the rally, Debus told the children that when he walked away from the work-a-day world to become an artist it was a leap of faith -- the same faith he would need to one day perform on stage for the first time. Even though he was “terrified”, he found the faith and courage to go on.
“It changed my life,” he said. “I learned a lesson from that. God is going to ask each and every one of us, at some point in our life, to go somewhere we don’t want to go -- to do something we may not feel comfortable doing. But, by taking those steps, by saying yes when maybe we’re afraid to, it’s going to change your life and it might change the lives of those around you.
“Be aware of what your gifts are. Be aware of how God wants to use them. He might want to use them in a different way than what you’re used to.”