Teenagers face many problems in today’s world -- isolation, low self esteem, peer pressure and substance abuse. This realization has led one woman to work as an instrument of hope for God.
The Truth Revealed Project, a community crusade to share the love of God with all teenagers, will be held at Heritage High School on Tuesday, April 19.
Kelly White said her concern for teenagers developed while taking her daughter to school last fall. Many of the teens she saw looked so sad and lost. “God began to burden my heart about it,” White said. Around the same time, she was taking a class at church called, “Experiencing God - Seven Steps of Knowing and Doing the Will of God.”
While studying under a tree in her yard one evening, she said God gave her the inspiration for the event and directed her thoughts to people who might be able to help with the project. One connection led to another as it was being organized, showing her God’s hand at work, she added.
“He wants these kids. He knows they’re hurting,” she said. “I just know God loves them, and he wants to set them free.”
The hope of the crusade is that teenagers will see what God can do in their lives and help them in dealing with their problems. Although White put the ball in motion, she is quick to give the credit to God and said that she is obeying his will.
Many churches, denominations and people have been involved in making this project come to fruition, said White. White’s church, Calvary Baptist Church in Alcoa, is the sponsor.
“God has brought all these different people together for the glory of God and to bring these kids to him,” said White, who has two teenagers in high school.
Working through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ organizations at area high schools, volunteers will visit schools early Tuesday morning before school to invite students to come Tuesday night to the crusade. They will hand out a few prizes and share information about the Truth Revealed Project.
“It’s kind of going to be like a truth pep rally,” she said. “We just want to get them excited to come back that night.”
The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is designed to be fun and inspirational for the teenagers. It kicks off with a hot dog supper and the chance to visit representatives of area organizations geared towards teens. The program will move into the gym for more fun with beach balls, games, a Christian Rapper and prizes. I-Tune cards, T-shirts, hats, CDs, bumper stickers and other items will be given away. The top prize is an I Pad Touch.
The project didn’t have a budget, but people and organizations kept filling the needs, White said. A commercial is even running on MTV.
“This is something where we stepped out in faith,” White said. “We didn’t have a dime. It’s been beautiful to see how God has provided. That’s just been such a blessing.”
The Brad Lowry Band, a praise band from the Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, will perform. The main speaker hails from Blount County and is a Heritage High School graduate. Mark McKeehan, the senior pastor at Chilhowee Hills, was onboard with the project from the first time she talked to him about it, White said.
White hopes that students will develop a personal relationship with God as a result of attending the event.
“God’s perfect love sets you free, and that’s what we want these kids to be is set free in Him,” she said. “My heart is that I just want the kids to know the Lord personally.”
More information is available at the event’s website: www.thetruthrevealedproject.com.