Posted on December 19th, 2003
A video depicting “LEAP” (Learning, Exploring and Participating), a leadership development program for youth, will have its premiere showings at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
The 60-minute production, “The Zimbabwe 2003 Summer Experience,” will be shown 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building. Denver D. Steiner, an EMU senior computer science and communication major from Orrville, Ohio, was cinematographer and producer-director.
The video follows 49 high school students, mostly juniors and seniors and primarily from East Coast states, on a journey to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Africa, Aug. 8-17, where they attended a Global Youth Summit and the 14th Mennonite World Conference Assembly. Between 6,500 and 7,000 people from around the world attended the gatherings held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Centre.
LEAP, a new program initiative at EMS, is designed to help young people hone their leadership skills, to explore Christ-centered theological studies and pastoral ministry (or other church leadership roles) as a possible vocation and to engage in cross-cultural learning experiences. Richard Pannell is LEAP program director.
The video showings are open to everyone. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken.
More information on the LEAP program is available at www.leap.emu.edu.