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A challenge and a mission

Posted June 18, 2014 in Community Featured, Winterset
Seventh Hour is leading worship at the 2014 Challenge Conference, among a lineup of others.

Seventh Hour is leading worship at the 2014 Challenge Conference, among a lineup of others.

School may be out for summer, but at the Winterset Community Church, kids still have much do to — two exciting events, in fact, to look forward to in coming weeks, offered through the Evangelical Free Church Association.

“Challenge” will draw devoted Evangelical youths to Kansas City, Mo., July 4-11 for an opportunity to experience a act of faith that only comes around every two years. Challenge is a “catalytic environment” that charges students with the mission to live with God every day, everywhere, forever, and every event draws crowds at inspirational capacities. Picture it: More than 6,000 students worshiping together in one spot.

“Challenge provides high-schoolers with a chance to get out of there culture and comfort zone and to spend real time with God,” explains the church website. “Being able to strip away the comfort of home and influences allows students to approach Jesus with who they really are, and not what they are trying to be.”

Jesus is the focus of prayer, as well as the missions that follow, as attendees take in the word of God-fearing speakers about how to take those meditations and apply them in daily life and a worship band, Kansas City for Christ, which promises to “ignite a passion in your soul.”

“If students are willing to approach God with an open heart and surrender their lives, they can be changed forever,” the website says.

Learn more at or, where students may also register online. A $450 fee applies.

The other mission the church is offering for its youths June 21-28 is the Rosebud Mission Trip, which Challenge registrants may attend at a $100 discount rate (The fee is $275 for those who are not registered for Challenge.)

Missionaries will head to Parmelee, S.D., where they will create and facilitate a program to reach local kids while also building relationships, helping the community with service projects and acting as disciples in their faith.

More information will be released as June approaches, but registration packets are currently available for download from

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