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Good News etc. S N DE O C U T ’ H ITA A IG O NYS C RS I N NE SAPR WP E February 2012 • Vol. 28, No. 5 Promise Keepers

returning to city After 8-year absence, meetings here Sept. 7-8 at Viejas Arena

By RICK MONROE Promise Keepers is returning to San

Diego on Sept. 7-8 to the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. “Promise Keepers is back and it’s going

to be combustible,” said an enthusiastic Dr. Raleigh Washington, president and CEO of the men’s organization, in announcing the return to San Diego for the fi rst time since 2004. The last several Promise Keeper confer-

ences here have been at megachurch sites, but it’s back in a public arena this year. When the organization started 20 years ago, it attracted crowds of 50,000-plus to the Los Angeles Coliseum, Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Qualcolmm Stadium in San Diego. Following a season of decline in the number of participants, Washington said the organization is on the advance. “We expect this year to be an exciting

year as we unleash Promise Keepers to a younger group, men in their 20s to 40s,” he added. “Men over 45 know about Promise Keep-

ers, but we need to crack into this younger generation of men,” he said. “We’re also Please turn to page 14


By JUDY ERICKSON Excitement mounts the first and

third Fridays of every month as one woman’s goal to provide local college age youths with Friday night fellowship across church lines has grown into fun, evangelistic outreaches to North County homeless kids. It’s all a part of Penny Williams’ non- profi t ministry, Hands Up High: Seeds of

Hope, which equips young adults from age 17 to 30 to achieve their dreams to help others in America and abroad. The ministry motto is “Love God, Love People, Change the World!”

Related story on page 16 On the fi rst Friday of the month, home-

less boys in Vista get to cut loose and be kids. Then, on third Fridays, it’s time for homeless girls’ night out. Williams and

San Diego Edition Young adults take homeless kids to New Heights

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Jagger Hansen, front left, connects with the homeless children under his watch while the band 180 OUT performs at Boomers on Jan. 13.

her 30 young adult “big brothers and sisters” from various churches gather the homeless kids to Hands Up High’s Friday Night Heights at Boomers in Vista. The Valley Center woman picks up the

kids in Vista from Solutions for Change’s shelter and apartments for homeless parents with their children. The kids, ages 5 to 18, get to eat and play games for free courtesy of Boomers’ man-

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ANYTHING NEW ABOUT ‘TEBOWING’? Chargers chaplain of 29 years writes book, says Tebow ‘the real deal’


Football looks very different from the sidelines. Little things you miss from the stands, or from the high-angle scooter-cam that brings the game into your living room, become painfully obvious when you’re standing just a few yards away from the action. There’s the talk — call it smack or taunt-

Chaplain Shawn Mitchell, left of Tim Tebow (15) prays, with San Diego and Denver players. 5

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ing or yammering — designed to distract long enough to gain even the slimmest of advantages. There’s the hitting, the slam- ming of bodies together with such speed and brutality that you cannot not respect these people who do it for a living. There’s the punishment — NFL running backs absorb a beating equivalent to a head-on collision at 22 mph, and they do it again

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and again and again and again — an aver- age of 20 times a game! And then there’s the pressure to per-

form in front of hundreds of thousands of fanatical, harsh, unforgiving followers for whom winning or losing is a life-death proposition. A fraction of an inch off on something as simple as taking the ball from the center, and a quarterback can be left with a very long off-season to think about what might have been. The sideline has been Shawn Mitchell’s

front row seat for 29 years. As the team chaplain for the San Diego Chargers, the sideline is Mitchell’s beat, moving with the chains, encouraging, and always ready to offer a prayer when needed. “During a game, I can be found on the Please turn to page 3

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