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March 2, 2009
LEAP ministries guide youth to Christ
John Paul II alumni take their retreat style ministry on highways, byways
BY CHRIS MILLER
The founders quit their day jobs in September 2008, and formed a full-time, four-member road team. With an increasing demand, LEAP now has a nine-member board of directors and plans for forming a second road team.
Akin to the seed planted on rocky ground that bears no fruit, when a youth ministry comes to town, the seed is planted, but when the ministry leaves, the seed goes unnourished. What sets LEAP Ministries apart, according to Fester, is that it returns for follow-ups, building on what it has started, and helping the seed to bear fruit.
“When we go to a place, we want youth to walk away from there saying they really experienced Christ in a real way,” said Fester, “We want them to say, ‘I found Christ, I encountered Christ.’”
LEAP Ministries is based out of Radway, home to John Paul II Bible School. While all of the current members of the group are college alumni, they graduated in different years and the group has no direct affiliation with the college, said Fester.
LEAP Ministries has a second office in Lloydminster where Trevor Papp, another founding member, coordinates their bookings, which includes recent trips to the rural communities such as Hobbema and Spirit River, as well as larger centres such as Prince Albert, Sask., and Yellowknife.
“So many people don’t know who Jesus Christ is. To make a new evangelization real, we need to bring Jesus Christ to the hurting world. It’s important to share the love that God has given us,” said Papp.
Purity is another major focus for LEAP Ministries. A Bible passage on purity, Matthew 5.8, is quoted on their website (www.leapministries.ca). Lectures on the subject are also in the works.
“All of us have struggles with purity. What we see in the media is sex portrayed as an exciting thing,” said Papp, a devoted family man who urges abstinence, so teens are open to God’s eventual calling for marriage or to the religious life.
A first for LEAP is their performance of Passion of the Christ, two Sundays before Easter. Anne Gauthier, pastoral assistant at Spruce Grove’s Holy Trinity, wrote the script.
Fifteen young actors from Thorhild and Radway have been rehearsing about three times a week in preparation. The play will be performed March 29, 3 p.m., at the Radway Agricentre.
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