The Princess Code and Changed Lives
Every Wednesday afternoon the Puyallup (Wash.) Church turns its youth room into a youth recreation center. Called GAMEsTATION, about 30 students from Kalles Junior High School drop by to play games, eat and study. Amanda Boyle, a freshman at Pierce Community College, and Lisa Tupper, a task force worker, along with William Hurtado, youth pastor, spend time with them to create friendships and to invite them to join the next level programs, like Princess Code and Warrior Code.
Princess Code is a program for girls which provides some stability in their lives, teaches them how to stay pure, and introduces them to Jesus. The Warrior Code is a similar program for boys.
Crystall Jones and Karissa Stephens came straight from the community with no Adventist background. Crystall, 14, is an eighth-grader at Kalles Junior High. She says that through Princess Code, “We have learned about love, friendship, Esther, and living the life of worship. Princess Code is teaching us to be leaders, not followers in our schools, a light in the darkness. I have been closer to God in many ways and have talked to Him about my friends and my family. After being in Princess Code, I have read that God has chosen me for such a time as this.”
Both Crystall and Karissa were baptized on June 26, 2004, and now are sharing their faith and love for their church with all of their friends. Four more girls are currently studying for baptism.