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Youth Day at historic Mt. Pisgah offers glimpse of the future

Cameron Nicholas Kuykindall, who recently “accepted his call to ministry,” brought “Today’s Word” at the Youth Day service held at Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. in Orange Mound.

Kuykindall, who turns 15 on March 2, worked his way through the acronym P.R.E.S.S. (Passionate. Relevant. Essential. Sincere.), which was noted as the theme on the Jan. 31 service program.

For the letter “R” and the word relevant, he directed listeners to Proverbs 22:2 – “The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.”

Noting that the passage does not directly reference the word relevant, Kuykindall, a student at Middle College High School and Christian Brothers University, concluded that the essence of the verse shows why God’s word is so relevant.

A member of Mt. Olive CME Cathedral, where the Rev. J. Peris Lester is pastor, Kuykindall aspires to be a CME minister and start his own youth ministry founded upon this principle: “When we invest in the children, we invest in the future.”

The Rev. Willie Ward Jr. (right), pastor of Mt. Pisgah CME Church, talks with Cameron Nicholas Kuykindall, the Youth Day speaker. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

Mt. Olive, located at 2490 Park Ave., is pastored by the Rev. Willie Ward Jr. The church’s Youth Day observance featured a salute to two honorees – Antonio Lamar Williams and TarJon Bernard Dearbone.

Williams, 15, is in the 10th grade at Craigmont High School. An active member of the Mt. Pisgah Church family – Sunday School, Jr. Usher Board and various programs – he loves sports aspires to become a math teacher and plans to “keep God in his life.”

Dearbone is a 12-year-old honor student at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy and an active participant in Mt. Pisgah’s Sunday Monday Services reading scriptures, engaging in holiday skits and introducing speakers. He envisions a career in the NFL and plans to pursue a college degree in psychology. His motto: “Trust God, have faith, use sound judgement and stay ready.”

(For more information, visit www.mtpisgahcme.com; email the Rev. Willie Ward Jr. at williwardjr@aol.com; call 901-573-3030.)


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