High School Students Participate in “The Challenge” at UMO
MOUNT OLIVE- Several high school students recently had the chance to worship and dig deeper into their faith during The Challenge, a weeklong experience at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).
Created to give teens the opportunity to discover God’s purpose for their lives, The Challenge is a theological experience that began at UMO in 2015.
The theme for this year was “Leap of Faith.”
Skylar Hollifield, a rising sophomore at Owen High School in Black Mountain, found out about The Challenge while at Cragmont Assembly, where her grandparents are the managers.
Hollifield said, “I really enjoyed this week. I liked meeting new people and fellowshipping with them.”
Grace Buddin heard about The Challenge from some of the members of her youth group. “This is my first time here, and it’s been fun,” Buddin said. She is a rising junior at Wayne Christian School.
Students participated in morning and evening worship, heard from various speakers, listened to worship music, and had fun with knitting and mosaic crafts. They also read and discussed a book from The Chronicles of Narnia where they identified Christian themes and motifs. At the end of the week, the group volunteered at the Make a Difference Food Pantry in Mount Olive.
Along with discovering God’s calling in each of their lives, students and leaders discussed the challenges of being young and exploring their faith. Some students recognized the difficulty of being taken seriously as teenagers, and they brought up how important it is to ask questions and get involved in the church so they can learn for themselves.
The students found the week to be a good time of worship, self-discovery, and meeting new people.
“The Challenge leaders gave us room to grow for ourselves,” said Rachel Cottle, a rising high school senior. “I enjoyed meeting new people and seeing where each person comes from and where they’re going.”
“It is such a blessing to be able to work with these young people who are sincere in their faith, and in seeking God’s call for their lives,” said Sharlene Scott, Coordinator of Church Relations.
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, in Smithfield at Johnston Community College, and online. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.
Students in The Challenge participated in morning and evening worship, heard from various speakers, and listened to worship music.
The Challenge participants had fun with knitting and mosaic crafts.
Participants of The Challenge volunteered at the Make a Difference Food Pantry in Mount Olive.