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Young Life
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 6, 2013

Dear Mason Community,

Our second annual Young Life Fundraising Banquet was held on Saturday, October 26th. We would like to thank all who attended and our amazing table sponsors, who were very generous to invest in our kids. Young Life has been in Mason for about 18 months, and we continue to be overwhelmed with the support, both financial and in prayer, that the community has shown us.

The banquet this year was titled “In Their Shoes” because kids wear all kinds of shoes, and in Young Life we strive to meet kids exactly where they are, in their shoes! The evening began with Rob Hofmann opening in prayer to bless the evening and the meal. After dinner was served by our high school friends, we showed a nine minute video that highlights what Mason Young Life is, why we do what we do, and the impact God has made thus far in Mason. If you are interested in seeing the video or sharing it with others please contact J.W. Harle at 214-957-7913. The video was followed by testimonies from one of our volunteer leaders, Andrea Wilson, and a recent graduate of Mason, Kirby O’Connell.

Andrea became a believer through Young Life when she was in high school, and she has faithfully served as a volunteer leader here in Mason from the beginning. She sacrifices some of her time each and every week to hang out with our high school friends with the purpose of demonstrating God’s unconditional love for them. By doing this, she earns the right to share with them the story of Jesus, and how He can change their lives.

Kirby came to Young Life last year as a senior. He got involved with our weekly Bible studies, and then he went to camp with us last June. While at camp Kirby stepped into a relationship with Jesus on a Thursday night while gazing up at the mountains and stars in Jasper, Georgia. Kirby now attends Tarleton State University, where recently he and some of his freshmen friends have started pursuing the possibility of launching Young Life in Stephenville, TX.

After the testimonies, Scott Travis, a Young Life area director both in Navasota, TX (1978-91) and Lubbock, TX (1991-96), was our guest speaker for the evening. Scott has three children ages 20, 17, and 7, so he knows the positive impact Young Life can have on teenagers and believes in its mission. His message encouraged the community to get involved in this ministry.

Wade Powell, pastor of Hilda United Methodist Church, spoke after Scott. Wade shared his heart for the kids in Mason as he explained the need to support Young Life financially. Lester Kothmann offered some concluding remarks and a prayer to end the evening. The event was truly blessed, so once more, thank you to all our table hosts, table sponsors, and the many people in this community that support Mason Young Life.

A Special Thank You to our Banquet Sponsors!

9 Bar Land & Cattle Company

Santos Taqueria

Short Stop/Pizza Café & Nuway

Farm Bureau

Mason Bank

Erna Sand Plant

Fredonia Peanut Company

Texas Home-Land Realty

Mason Bottling Company

Country Home Health

First State Bank of Central Texas

Dipsticks Tire & Lube

Citizen’s Insurance

Dr. Glenn A. Ruthven, DDS

Watson Auto Parts

Lehmberg Realty

The Commercial Bank

First Mason Title Company

Clear Titles of Mason

Law Office of Shain Chapman

Square Plate

Law Creek Ranch

The Apple Cottage

George & KK Brannies

Rob & Shannon Hofmann

Matt & Sherry Schmidt

Ryan Jordan Real Estate

Market Square

Home Health Services of MKM

KNEL Radio

Willow Creek Café

Thanks,

J. W. Harle

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