Saturday, August 14, 1999

Kids program hits grown-up issues




BY WALT SCHAEFER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — At least 200 youngsters will gather at a church here today to learn how to avoid pitfalls of growing up — from drug abuse to teen sex to physical and mental abuse.

        “Our mission is to provide hope for this generation growing up. They are a generation at risk and we want to enter their lives and educate them. We want to bring God into their lives ... help prepare them for their futures,” said Floyd Crenshaw, an elder at Word of Truth Ministries Church International on Weyer Avenue.

        “This program crosses all racial, social and economic borders,” Mr. Crenshaw said.

        When he moved his congregation here from College Hill in 1995, the Rev. Nestor V. Stroude said he had a reason: “We believe God has called us into this community to be a multiethnic church in a predominantly white community, and to basically bridge the gap be tween the races,” he said.

        Youth Minister Lavonne Warren said youths attending range in age from 3 to late teens. The youth conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and will continue to 10 p.m. The program is free. Lunch and dinner are provided.

        Besides workshops on family abuse, mental abuse, religious foundation and biblical history, sex education, drug and alcohol abuse and education, groups including Christ Emmanuel Church's Step Team and the Bucket Boys will perform.

       



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