The Blessings of Choosing to Engage

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Mackenzie’s search for a community of friends who love Christian Science started in a trash can. Her mother, Aimee, had thrown away a DiscoveryBound Outreach flier inviting teens to a weekend event in Boston. “It looked interesting so I picked it up,” Mackenzie says. “I had asked her a few years earlier if she wanted to …

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The Mentor/Mentee Relationship: What Makes It Successful?

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Will Adler and his parents
When an 8th grader commits to the DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC), the student is embraced in a support structure designed for the greatest growth in servant leadership and spirituality. In addition to two adult leaders per class, an adult mentor for each teen – often chosen by the student from his or her close …

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Unified Through Service and Prayer

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One summer morning, Shane Witters Hicks found himself running a new route that took him through mountain neighborhoods to a scenic, natural overlook of his hometown of Golden, Colorado. While taking in the majesty of the moment, Shane was hit with an “indescribably strong and passionate feeling” that gave him “a powerful sense of perspective,” …

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The Blessings of a Loving Community

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When Nette Bemis and her church – First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Elyria, Ohio – reached out with food and clothing to families in a low-income apartment facility, they also offered to take one of the girls to Sunday School. Soon, this student started to bring her friends. It wasn’t long before Nette and …

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Learning to Express, Not Impress

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In the beginning, it was all about skiing for Samantha. She had never participated in a DiscoveryBound Outreach activity and was apprehensive about the 2015 New Hampshire Winter Weekend. “I didn’t know anyone else going other than my cousin and wasn’t sure how the weekend was going to play out,” Samantha says. “I was signing …

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