Student-led Teen Mission hosts voluntary Bible study
Now a sophomore at Anderson University, Mykal Moore said he still remembers how God was asking him to start a Bible study meeting at Aiken High School before classes would start.
He resisted at first, but by second semester, Moore was getting permission from the administration to establish Teen Mission, a voluntary program not affiliated with the school.
“I was fed up with my regular life and wanted more, to talk of Christ Jesus,” he said. “But I didn't start it. God started it.”
Moore began talking with some students about the new program, Logan Stringfield among them. Last Wednesday, Stringfield was coordinating a discussion about faith with about 15 other students.
“Leading my peers means a lot,” Springfield said. “When I walk through the school, I see students who are struggling, who have no one to walk with together. If this is helping people, it's worth it. We're forming bonds.”
Donna Wesby, a former Aiken County Board of Education member, said several group members wouldn't say a word at first.
“Now they're leading prayers and have found friends, talking with them about who God is,” she said. “They have become a family.”
Two other students, Kendrick Moody and Jared Starks, said Teen Mission has become an essential part of their day.
“Coming to Teen Mission for Bible study during school on Wednesday helps me get through Thursday, Friday and Saturday before getting back to church on Sunday,” Moody said. “It's good to see people we have in this gathering who believe in the same path.”
Math teacher Linda Edenfield also joins Teen Mission each Wednesday.
“I'm delighted to have this opportunity and see some of the same students I teach,” she said. “If they need something (at Teen Mission), they can talk to me as well.”
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001.