Three central peninsula students selected to Operation Barnabas

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

Laura Cooper, Justin Franchino and Bethany Thornton have been selected to participate on a national ministry team known as Operation Barnabas.

This team is sponsored by CE National, a Christian Education organization affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and is headquartered in Winona Lake, Ind.

Laura, Justin and Bethany attend Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna and have been endorsed by the church to participate on this team.

Operation Barnabas teams are made up of 30 young people from across the United States. Team members serve to encourage churches, conduct vacation Bible school and park programs, participate in inner-city ministry and complete manual labor projects.

Taken from the Biblical character, the name Barnabas means "Sons of Encouragement," and Barnabas young people strive to encourage others, not only through work and programs, but by their attitudes, lifestyle and faith.

The three teens are involved in a 10-day orientation until Wednesday and then will depart for the summer tour.

During orientation, preparations will be made in areas of puppets, clowning, music and drama, as well as for inner-city experiences and areas of personal growth.

Cooper is the daughter of Tim and Martha Cooper of Soldotna and will be a junior at Skyview High School this fall.

Franchino is the son of Scott and Carmen Franchino. He will be a junior at Cook Inlet Academy.

Thornton is the daughter of Daniel and Susan Thornton and will be a junior at Skyview.

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