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International speaker to visit BEA HS

By Staff | Oct 10, 2016

Allen Griffin, an international motivational speaker and former All-American basketball player, will bring his story to Blue Earth on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when he is scheduled to headline a family Lyceum hosted by the Faribault County Youth Leaders.

Accompanied by a full band for a night of discussion on ethics and sportsmanship, as well as the biblical principles behind them, Griffin is slated to speak at 7 p.m. at Blue Earth Area High School’s Performing Arts Center, where he will also lead a student assembly at 1 p.m.

The public is invited and welcome to attend the evening presentation.

“We’re grateful for the school allowing us to come in again,” said Kim Jacobson, the director of children, youth and family ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. “We’re always interested in bringing things for youth and family, and the Gospel message at night is an opportunity for any families in the community.”

It is an opportunity Griffin specializes in providing. Since 1994, he has spoken in five different continents, sharing perspective on life choices, peer pressure and positive relationships.

The founder of AG?Ministries, he authored the book “Undefeated” and helped establish inner-city community centers across the country following time at Southeastern University, where he played basketball and earned Pete Maravich Memorial Award honors.

His sports ties are part of the reason county youth leaders sought Griffin’s inclusion, too.

“We wanted to bring in someone from the sports arena,” Jacobson said, “especially because we’re also really trying to launch Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).”

FCA has been at Blue Earth Area Schools in the past, Jacobson said, but returned in full last year.

The event’s hosts, a collective of local youth leaders that meets monthly and dedicates prayer to children in the community, has hosted three other speakers in the past.

Artist Eric Samuel Timm, The Youth Alliance’s Reggie Dabbs and Molly Sandborn, also known as the “Cheese Ball Chick,” have visited to speak to community youth in recent years.

Contributing to the Faribault County Youth Leaders’ preparations for Griffin’s appearance at BEA?High School were Jacobson, Pastor Michelle Johnson, of Life Family Church; Pastor Reid Ellis, of River of Life Worship Center; Aaron Evenson, of Youth for Christ in Blue Earth; Katy Gonzalez, formerly of Blue Earth Area Mentors; Susan Grover, of Amboy Area Youth Ministries; Janelle Jacobsen, of Hope United Methodist Church; Hilary Korynta, of Wells Assembly of God; Angie Nagel, of Saint Peter &?Paul Catholic Church; Brandon Sahr, of Dell Lutheran Church in Frost; and Jonathan Walberg, of Prairie River Camp.