June 2014 Ministry Highlight: Mekoryuk Youth Group
Ministry in the Eyes of:
Mary Charlie-Smith, Mekoryuk
Mary works alongside Elizabeth Betz to reach out to the youth in the village of Mekoryuk. We are grateful for both of their service in this way!
Please introduce yourself:
My name is Mary Charlie-Smith, originally from Toksook Bay, married to Dale Smith, Jr. of Mekoryuk. We have 2 kids, Clowie and Cody. I was raised Catholic and am now a part of the Covenant denomination. I have lived in Mekoryuk for 6 years (total from moving in and out.) This is my first year being involved with the youth group. I was asked to assist Elizabeth Betz since no one came forward to assist her.
How many youth are in Mekoryuk?
We have about 18 youth (grades 6 to 12) and we usually have at least 10 youth who show up for youth group nights.
What motivates you to serve the youth in Mekoryuk?
Making a difference in some of our youth’s lives will allow them to see that they too can make difference in other people’s lives even if we may have come from broken families, troubled families, abused lives, drug addictions, etc.
What are some activities that you do at youth group?
So far we’ve played games like trivia, questionnaire games, and showed some Christain true event movies for discussion (movies like Soul Surfer and others that are similar.) We are hoping to have more supporters for our youth group, more adult involvement and more youth to come to understand what youth group is all about.
What have the youth been learning about God?
To know what is right and wrong, showing the movies has been a great example to allow the students to have a discussion about the incident and the outcome. For them to see the good end result that God does exist even if we can’t see Him.
How have you seen youth and young adults continue in their faith after leaving Mekoryuk for school or work?
So far the youth that have been involved in the youth group in the past have gone on to further their education at ACC. It’s good to know the past youth group leader has had a great influence on them to further their education through Alaska Christian College. To see them blossom at ACC, like Alyssa Williams who was involved with youth group, shows that the youth group here has impacted a young lady to continue her faith outside of the village.
What encourages you most about the youth group?
It is encouraging to teach the youth God’s Word, and that they see the importance of applying what they’ve learned in their daily lives. It’s important to start introducing kids to God at a young age and to be able to teach them about Him as they grow. Having a youth group gives that priviledge to the youth. As the Bible tells us, we need encouragement from other Christians to continue our faith.
How can supporters be praying for you, the kids, and the community as a whole?
We need more supporters for our youth group, more adult involvement and more youth to come to understand what youth group is all about.
Covenant Youth of Alaska | PO Box 203356 | Anchorage, AK 99520 | phone: 907.625.1525 | fax: 888.583.4124 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A ministry of the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church