Beating the Odds Award

In 2015, the Justice and Reconciliation Team launched a quarterly Justice and Reconciliation Award.  Each award has a different theme.  In March, we sent letters, certificates and checks in the amount of $500 to four churches that have experienced mutual blessings as a result of hosting another congregation within their facilities.

For the second quarter of 2015, we are soliciting entries for the Beating the Odds Award. We want to hear about young people, ages 25 and under, who have overcome (and are overcoming) various personal challenges in order to succeed.

We would love to hear the story of any such outstanding young person that you know. Tell us in no more than two or three typed pages what makes them so exceptional. Please email all entries to Craig Allen at

We will share as many of these inspiring stories as possible, but will lift three young people in greater detail in the June issue of the “Proclaim!” newsletter. Those three each will receive a gift of $250 to help them pursue their dreams. All entries are due by Wednesday, May 27.