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Friday, October 18, 2019
Cameron Horst, 7 months, was there with his mother, Kristen, and father Darren, who was one-half of a juggling act, DKers. Cameron Horst, 7 months, was there with his mother, Kristen, and father Darren, who was one-half of a juggling act, DKers.
This Teen Challenge duo provided gospel music and testimony. This Teen Challenge duo provided gospel music and testimony.
Tom Foulk cooks hamburgers on an outdoor grill to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Tom Foulk cooks hamburgers on an outdoor grill to keep the heat out of the kitchen.
Ellie Schroeder tries her hand at Skee-Ball. Ellie Schroeder tries her hand at Skee-Ball.
Kevin Cirelli and Michael Moretti talk about the Teen Challenge Drug Awareness Program.press photos by Elsa Kerschner Kevin Cirelli and Michael Moretti talk about the Teen Challenge Drug Awareness Program.press photos by Elsa Kerschner
Bonnie Belknap prepares a plate with hamburgers and french fries for a customer during Shinefest at Jacob’s Church. Bonnie Belknap prepares a plate with hamburgers and french fries for a customer during Shinefest at Jacob’s Church.
Dustin Miller jumps high enough to stick himself to the bouncy ‘wall.’ Dustin Miller jumps high enough to stick himself to the bouncy ‘wall.’
Farmers were accompanied by their tractors at Shinefest. Farmers were accompanied by their tractors at Shinefest.
The barrel train was a popular ride taking kids around the church field. The barrel train was a popular ride taking kids around the church field.
Barbara Sulzer talks about the Operation Christmas Child which provides boxes of gifts for the poorest of the poor around the world. Barbara Sulzer talks about the Operation Christmas Child which provides boxes of gifts for the poorest of the poor around the world.
Darren Horst and Kevin McCulley of The DKers keep balls in the air from two heights. Darren Horst and Kevin McCulley of The DKers keep balls in the air from two heights.
Third up Darren Horst balances a chair on his chin. Third up Darren Horst balances a chair on his chin.

Shinefest brightens the day at Jacob’s Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The field behind Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, was brightly colored with bouncy houses for kids, and occasionally adults, to play on during the annual Shinefest presented Aug. 10.

There was a tropical bounce house with palm leaves and a waterfall. The water led to screams of delight but a few said it was too cold.

On another, kids jumped up a step and then tried to see how high they could jump and stick themselves to a “wall.”

Special suits made with hook and loop material held them to the black wall.

There was even a very small bouncy house for the little ones. Another was just for sliding.

Lester Backenstoes’ barrel train, operated by Owen Snyder, took kids riding around the field.

There were also balloons to pop with darts and a Skee-Ball set up.

Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization that helps people with drug problems. The local unit is based in Rehrersburg, but Michael Moretti said it is an international organization. The group also has 12-month discipleship classes.

Members evangelize, work in prisons, give testimonies and work with juveniles.

“Jesus Christ is the only way,” Moretti said.

“Kids need a role model. It’s nice to help others but it helps us, too.

Moretti also said Teen Challenge has a drug awareness team. Kevin Cirelli was helping him at their table.

Barbara Sulzer of Kempton was on hand explaining the benefits of Operation Christmas Child, a division of Samaritan’s Purse. Churches can use their own shoe boxes or buy some from the organization. They are filled with toys, pencils, paper, small clothing items —whatever is needed by the poorest of the poor. She said some children have never owned a toy.

Near the Christmas season, the boxes go to an organization that decides who needs the boxes most and distributes them in and outside of the United States.

Each box has a book, “The Greatest Gift,” in the language of the country where it is being sent. Anyone who completes a 12-week evangelism course receives a New Testament.

Sulzer is a resource person with Samaritan’s Purse and said there are 100 churches in this area that participate.