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By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Ministry Coordinator 

 

The murder of local teen Melissa Collins has deeply affected her entire community (http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/breaking/man-charged-with-murder-of-missing-stepdaughter/article_e97cb1d8-ffab-11e4-8884-2bb6a437c918.html). Her death at the hands of her own stepfather--someone in a role intended to protect her--is a prime example of evil in the world. For those who know her, the pain is almost overwhelming. 

 

Melissa was in the 4.12 Leadership Training Program at Joy El, where my family serves. She was a five-year student, set to graduate from the program on Thursday, May 21—the very day her murder came to light. 

 

The 100 students in the 4.12 program spend lots of time together—weekends, weeks, whole summers. Some are more involved than others—...