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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

School of Hope sees first young parents ...

After about two years of prayer and planning, Green Meadow's transformational mission known as School of Hope has moved from a crawl to a walk.

It appears we will soon be trotting along and perhaps find ourselves in a headlong run as six young parents recently took educational assessment tests and one is currently beginning studies. In all, we expect to be serving six young mothers this year.

It occurs to us that a few more runners would be nice.

There is a great deal of energy and financial commitment expended by God's people on behalf of pro-life causes. As a father of two, I am a firm believer in the sanctity of life. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am also a believer in putting feet to the Gospel -- and I believe School of Hope does just that.

The mission of Green Meadow School of Hope is to share God’s love by equipping teenage parents, parents to be, and their children to meet the challenges of life through spiritual, parental, academic, and life skills education in a nurturing, nonjudgmental, loving environment.

We believe there are many young parents who are not prepared for the challenges that lay ahead -- in terms of education and life skills -- and yet, at a very young age, that is where they find themselves. Unfortunately, many leave the public education system before graduation -- sometimes out of necessity, sometimes due to the same misguided decisions that brought on early parenthood. Whatever the situation, they are in need of faith, hope and love ... and grace.

Too often the church plants a huge scarlet letter on these young people, at a time when they are in need of help from the Body of Christ. When you consider the missio dei -- the mission of God, which is love -- scarlet letters are anti-Kingdom.

Are you the kind of disciple who believes grace is open to all?

Are you willing to be part of God's transforming grace?

We believe the School of Hope is an opportunity to impact not just one generation, but future generations as well. Changing one young parent's life can break a cycle of poverty and oppression that endangers the next generation.

If you are interested in being a part of this mission of God's love, whether teaching or serving in some other capacity, or know of a young parent who would benefit from the school, e-mail Linda Daugherty.

Grace and peace ...

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