By Crystal J. Damron - Journal-Times
July 17, 2013 — After living a life of addiction and trials, and seeing other local teens face such tragic issues Josh Bond, youth pastor at Kingsway Ministers, began to have visions of how to help teens in the area.
In 2012, Bond and the congregation of Kingsway took off on a mission with a zero balance in their bank account and ended up with five thousand dollars by the first night of the event.
Bond had decided that if no one was saved at the event, he would not pursue another year. Surprisingly, Bond had the pleasure of baptizing his own cousin who had been a heroin needle user.
Plans for the 2013 STANDOUT youth rally are in progress. The event will begin Friday, July 26 and wrap up on Sunday, July 28.
STANDOUT Youth Rally will be three days of singing, speakers, and games with Sunday morning church service. Bond hopes a baptism service will be needed to close out the event.
The event music is not ordinary “Christian” music. Instead, teen- based Christian rap and contemporary music, as well as speakers who focus on youth will fill out the lineup.
Donations are currently being accepted to allow an absolutely no cost experience to the youth in attendance. The goal is to offer not only free entrance, but also free meals and free camping along with twenty four hour security for all who remain on site.
To make a donation, mail a check to Kingsway Church with STANDOUT in the memo to PO BOX 437, Olive Hill KY 41164. For more information contact Bond at 316-5805.