New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
By J.L. MCMICHAEL
Young Life hosts its annual fiind-raiser, this year titled “Cafe Young Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, which will be transformed into a Manhattan-style coffee shop. Attendees will enjoy desserts and coffee catered by The Carriage Haus and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort.
The dessert banquet has been underwritten so there is no cost to Young Life’s operating budget and admission is free of charge.
A major purpose of the fundraiser is to show the community what Young Life is all about. The interdenominational group of adults, teenagers and preteens is designed to give hope and purpose in kids’ lives. “It’s really a time for us to showcase what Young Life does in the community .. . there will be a lot of humor, you’ll hear from the kids about their involvement in Young Life and what their involvement has meant to them. You’ll hear from me as well, as far as what our purpose and what our future is,” said Mark Krimm, area director of Young Life in Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties.
Along with Krimm, members of the steering committee of Young Life, Carola Davis, Cecil Eager and Dib Waldrip are in charge of putting Cafe Young Life together. “We’ll probably have 50 to 75 of our high school and mid-' die school kids who will actually be participating in the evening,” Krimm said.
After enjoying dessert and being informed, entertained and inspired by the program, attendees will be given an opportunity to pledge support to Young Life to help fund the programs of the coming year.
As a result of recent donations after a contribution-sparse summer, Young Life is pulling out of a financial hole to face the coming months with renewed energy. “We are so much better off,” Krimm said during an interview Monday. “Ninety days ago you guys (New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung) ran the article that basically said we were on our way
out. Within a couple of weeks we received close to $50,000.” Though last year was finished with some deficit, this fiscal year’s budget, which began Oct.
I, has been cut to balance out the financial situation.
“We really are committed to stick it out and really make it not only survive, but grow in its impact. So the exciting thing is that we’re not leaving town, we’re not pulling up shop.” Krimm said. “We’ve had some great funding in the past several weeks and we’re committed to have a great banquet and not let money stand in our way.
“I believe we do incredible work in the schools and where kids hang out,” Krimm said. “It’s probably never been more critical for an organization like Young Life to be where kids are.”
The annual Young Life fundraisers are public events, open to anyone interested. “Anybody in the community is welcome to come and enjoy coffee and desserts and get a really exciting look at Young Life,” Krimm said.
For information, call 626-3270.
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One of the political hot potatoes this election year is the decadent nature of the entertainment industry. Candidates are decrying the evils of Hollywood and demanding they clean up their act. These shallow politicians claim that our children are being targeted and ultimately exposed to the filth that movies display, and that the future of a healthy society depends on what Hollywood produces.
Thank God there is hope for our helpless children who find themselves entrenched in front of the electronic babysitter for endless hours mindlessly rolling from one channel to another. After all, passive entertainment has become a child’s inherent right. Parents’ abdication of supervision and influence can be excused now that the new supervising force for children is being held responsible for the power it wields.
Kids that demand to be dropped off at the cinema to relieve them of the awful boredom of an evening at home with other family members, can know that the entertainment god will be held at bay and not unduly influence their delicate souls with smut. Since mom and dad have yielded their God-given influence over to mindless linear input, the entertainment industry can bear the parental burden of putting wholesome values into our beloved - munchkins.
Then there is the computer. Since parents have relinquished their power to forces stronger than they deem controllable, and since it is the kids who now set the rules, something must be done about the Internet. Demanding that godless people in a godless industry behave in a God-honoring way appears to be our only strategy.
Christian parents have apparently forgotten that “greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world,” or that they are biblically empowered to guide and discipline their children toward godly values and healthy choices. It appears that we are satisfied to address symptoms and not causes. Golf clubs are the problem, not the golfer.
Hollywood will change when godly people live with godly character. Christian parents need to act like people in charge rather than victims of a godless society. Movies, television and the computer are not rights of every human child. Godlessness will continue to grow and abound as long as there are people willing to spend money and yield their influence to entertainment’s perceived power.
The only hope of altering the situation is to shift the power base back to where it belongs. Parents need to take the reins of their parental influence back and intentionally set boundaries that allow children to both observe and adopt godly values. The television does not have to be watched; movies do not have to be seen; and the Internet does not have to be surfed.
Hollywood’s influence is not the problem. Our character is.
The only answer to overcoming the inevitable influence of evil is to fight it on a spiritual front.
People who love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind position themselves to honor God instead of indulging their “rights.” Christ-like character makes healthy choices even when no one is looking.
(Tim Judkins leads the Contemporary Service each Sunday at First Protestant Church.)
The “Boo Yah!” Crew, members of Young Life, rally to support the New Braunfels Unicorns volleyball team. Young Life hosts its annual fund-raiser, “Cafe Young Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, which will be transformed into a Manhattan-style coffee shop.