LIMA ‚?? Chari Mault joined Teens for Christ because her elder brother was a leader. But it took a guest speaker talking about his relationship with God to push her to really get active.
‚??I realized I did not have that relationship with God,‚?Ě the Lima Senior High School senior said. ‚??I didn‚??t know you could have that close of a relationship.‚?Ě
Chari, who attends Open Door Baptist Church, joined Teens for Christ as an eighth-grader and has since joined its ministry team. The team sings and presents skits and testimonies at area churches.
Chari is headed to either Mount Vernon Nazarene University or Anderson University next fall. She‚??ll major in premedical, with plans to work and do missionary work abroad.
‚??Last year I was struggling with what I wanted to do,‚?Ě she said. ‚??Now I feel like God has called me to do missionary work somewhere.‚?Ě
She‚??ll get a taste of missionary work when she travels to Kenya for two weeks this summer. She‚??ll be joined by others from Teens for Christ singing and giving testimonies to pupils there.
Chari admits it is not always easy to talk in front of a crowd of people, but knows the message she is spreading is worth the work.
‚??It is hard sometimes, fearing what others are going to think,‚?Ě she said. ‚??But I can‚??t worry about that. It is more important to talk about God.‚?Ě
Ranked second in her class, Chari maintains a 3.95 grade-point average. She remembers the B-plus in American History her freshman year that kept her from a 4.0. She‚??s taken postsecondary classes at Ohio Northern University.
Chari has run cross-country and track throughout high school. She also sings in the Masterworks and Show choirs.
Student to doctor, spread God’s word