By Joanna Henry Signal Special
Youth Core Ministries hosted their annual Kiowa County Supper on December 19, 2021 and are pleased to report it was a resounding success. Many young people from the region will be able to attend the next winter camp for young people thanks to donations and funds raised during the event.
The supper, held at the Youth Core Ministries Teen Center at 211 E. Garfield in Greensburg, followed the annual Greensburg Christmas Parade and brought together more than 100 people from Haviland, Greensburg and Mullinville of Kiowa County.
Susan Rose, a community worker for Kiowa County, estimated that there were at least 150 people involved with volunteers and workers among them. Additional tables and chairs were set up to accommodate the people who flocked to the gate as the event reached its full capacity. Door prizes were handed out in the middle of the dinner and added to the fun of the evening. Community businesses that donated prizes included Kook’s Meats, Twilight Theater, Crazy Mule, and Subway.
“Youth Core Ministries is extremely grateful to those who have come forward to support the youth of Core Life during this fundraiser,” said Rose. “The free will donations received that evening will be used to offset the costs of the youth attending the upcoming Youth Winter Camp February 25-27, 2022 at Pleasant Valley Christian Camp near Ark City. Most of the youth who will attend the camp worked on the soup supper that evening.
Core Life of Kiowa County is an outreach program for church-less youth in Kiowa County and meets Wednesday evenings during the school year at the Teen Center. Core Life is primarily run by Joe Catlett who has been assisted by Taylor for 2021, and now assisted by Jacob for 2022. A motto of Youth Core Ministries is “South Central Kansas will be the toughest place in the nation for our children to be. grow up and do not know Jesus. The leaders of Core Life are working hard to make this happen.
“I want to thank everyone who helped organize the supper and also helped out at work that evening, as well as those who donated soups of all kinds and chili peppers, cakes and cookies,” said Pink. “This event was a huge success for the Lord because so many people attended and helped bring it together. We couldn’t have done it without any of you! It just shows that when God’s people work together, anything can and will happen.
Youth Core Ministries started as Youth For Christ in 1995, led by Tony and Deborah Factor. In 2017, the ministry parted ways with Youth For Christ, so they could continue to minister with their mentoring program in the school system known as MATCH (Mentoring a Teen Creates Hope) and community ministry. base which takes place on Monday evenings. MATCH mentors children from kindergarten to high school using community youth and adults as mentors. Core Community started in 2015 as Circles. Core Community looks after families in the community who wish to emerge from poverty with friends walking alongside them and helping them along the way. Graduates of the program have gone on to own or manage successful businesses in the community. Many churches in Kiowa County donate time and money to this successful ministry and Youth Core as a whole.
In recent years, Youth Core Ministries has expanded to 14 counties in Kansas and 1 county in Illinois under the continued leadership of Deborah, Tony Factor and Joel Williamson. They have 23 ministry programs in place with 300 to 400 volunteers caring for over 800 people per week. There has been a lot of growth in Youth Core Ministries as a result of so many people who have dedicated their lives for the Lord to young people and families. All the participants come from various backgrounds and enjoy living together in the unity of Jesus Christ.
For more information on basic youth ministries, call 620-723-2727.S