BOB coming to city on weekend
By Times-Journal Staff

It's wild. It's wacky. It's BOB.
Organizers are expecting as many as 200 teens who attend St. Thomas and area evangelical churches to be at BOB, or Battle of Believers, a fun time of zany activities this weekend at Camp Timken.
Large group activities will rule Saturday afternoon, says Faith Baptist Church youth pastor Scott Brush.
But there's more to BOB than may first meet the eye.
The Elgin Christian Youth Network event, sponsored by local business, is also geared to encourage young Christians to look around to see where they may be needed.
"It's to encourage Christian kids to stand up and be bold about their faith," says Brush, "and to let people know that there are Christian young people out there."
BOB participants will get their spiritual batteries recharged through praise and worship guest speaker Brad Ringer, an inner city youth ministry leader from Buffalo, NY.
The event, expected to be the largest to date for the two-year-old Elgin Christian Youth Network, is also geared to encourage students when they take part in the Meet You At The Pole event, Sept. 18.
Thousands of Canadian teens are to meet at the flag poles of their respective schools, public and private, at 7 a.m. that day to pray for their communities and country -- of a larger group worldwide.
Registration for BOB is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is a fee.
Local businesses donated $2,000 to help make the event possible, said Brush.
"There's a lot of people out there interested in young people at large," he said. "This seems to be saying something."
The group will tent it overnight to Sunday.
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