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Carlotta Jordan, president of the OFWC/GFWC Girl’s Membership of Steubenville, introduced a verify for $1,000 to visitor speaker Bobbyon Bauman, director of the Sycamore Youth Heart at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.
— Janice Kiaski

Steubenville Girl’s Membership performs Santa Claus with $1,000 donation made

to Sycamore Youth Heart

STEUBENVILLE — Members of the OFWC/GFWC Girl’s Membership of Steubenville are on winter hiatus with no conferences scheduled for January or February.

Once they do collect for the following midday luncheon and enterprise assembly at Froehlich’s Basic Nook in Steubenville, it will likely be March 7 with Flora VerStraten-Merrin offering this system on Betty Park in her capability because the organizer of Mates of Beatty Park, which continues efforts to carry enhancements and programming to the power within the metropolis’s South Finish.

The membership ended the 2021 calendar 12 months on a festive and beneficiant vacation observe, with Santa Claus making a shock look on the Dec. 6 assembly to deal with membership members and visitors with a field of candies and picture alternatives.

The group, in the meantime, performed Santa Claus itself, presenting visitor speaker Bobbyjon Bauman, director of the Sycamore Youth Heart, with a verify for $1,000 to the nonprofit that operates below the umbrella of the Ohio Valley Youth Community.

An assortment of gloves, hats, scarves and socks collected by membership members had been to be donated to the Heart of Hope Friendship Room in Steubenville.

Particular music on the assembly was supplied by Pamela Bauman, enjoying the flute, and Harding Center Faculty eighth-grader Anthony Pearce enjoying a variety on the guitar.

A local of Wisconsin, Bauman shared how his Christian religion journey to serve the Lord and serve others included finding out on the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., educating college students in troublesome and in poverty circumstances in inner-city colleges in Houston; being a youth employee in New Albany, Miss.; and doing ministry work again dwelling in Wisconsin.

“God gave me a coronary heart to succeed in out to everyone and anyone in want,” Bauman informed the membership members throughout his presentation.

A chance almost 10 years in the past introduced Bauman to Jefferson County the place he served as youth minister at Starkdale Presbyterian Church. That led to beginning the Sonshine Bible Membership in 2013 at First Westminster Presbyterian Church and reaching out to inner-city youth.

“The Lord blew the doorways off the place, getting greater than 100 youngsters, so many we needed to cut up it into two days, Monday and Tuesday, however the factor that I stored listening to was individuals saying there’s nothing for youths to do after faculty in the event that they’re not concerned in sports activities,” Bauman commented “It was type of a burden on my coronary heart. I believed perhaps we may begin a youth middle Monday by means of Friday and provides them one thing optimistic to do.”

That was about three and a half years in the past when the previous Sycamore Tree Church constructing at 301 N. Fourth St., was vacated and finally deeded over without charge by the United Methodist Church East Ohio Convention to the Ohio Valley Youth Community, below whose umbrella the Sycamore Youth Heart operates.

The middle underwent enhancements and every year sees continued progress, in accordance with Bauman.

“Now we now have 51 after-school courses Monday by means of Friday,” Bauman stated of the free choices. “The Lord has grown it a lot that now I’m working with greater than 80 volunteers every week,” he stated, likening the middle’s progress to an airplane being assembled as it’s taking off.

Bauman defined to the membership concerning the Christian-based Valley’s Obtained Expertise competitors and different occasions the middle hosts.

“Generally I get requested the query — who’re we reaching out to? Truthfully, everyone — we now have homeschooling youngsters from households of 12 after which youngsters simply actually roaming the streets and in very troublesome circumstances. One man stated to us you guys are type of like my household and that’s what we’re attempting to be in a way, a supply of affection and heat and luxury for youths who don’t have that in their very own houses,” Bauman stated.

“I do like the very fact we now have youngsters from quite a lot of backgrounds — from steady households but additionally youngsters from tougher circumstances to allow them to meet and bond and encourage each other, constructing each other up as a result of everybody has items and abilities from God to encourage each other and study each other,” Bauman added.

This system included a quick video concerning the middle the place individuals supplied testimonials about the way it has modified their lives.

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