Bill Griffith, host of a radio show in Cleveland, Tenn. interviewed the TruthQuesters from First Baptist Church, Cleveland. Pictured from left to right, are David Hicks, Griffith, Cara Yates, and Andy Botts. Photo by Justin Veneman
TruthQuest: California will air weekly on FamilyNet Television on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Eastern time; Fridays, 12 a.m. & 11 p.m. Eastern; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. Eastern; and Sundays, 12:30 a.m. Eastern.
NEW YORK (BP)--A group of teenage missionaries will be featured in a new "reality" television show that turns the tables on the genre. "TruthQuest: California," which will be shown beginning Oct. 3 on FamilyNet Television, a cable Christian television station reaching 34 million homes, thinks its good clean Christian fun can succeed. Others doubt it.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Viewers watching the new Christian reality series "TruthQuest: California" will have an opportunity to hear some of the most popular groups in Christian music, including Jars of Clay, Third Day and Bebo Norman.
YOSEMITE, Calif. (BP)--Yosemite National Park lays claim to some of the best climbing, backpacking and hiking in the world. Many people travel great distances to take advantage of life in the great outdoors, and some even sense spiritual connections to the beauty of the park -- including Southern Baptist summer missionaries.
YOSEMITE, Calif. (BP)--With a flashlight in hand, TruthQuest member Katie Rice Royals, 17, swings her backpack over her shoulder, grabs her sleeping bag and heads toward the camping site at Yosemite National Park. The sun is setting behind the Sequoia-adorned mountains and this seasoned outdoorswoman from Jackson, Miss., said she is closer to God because of the scenery around her. "There is something about not having any manmade things accessible like TV or radio. I feel like I am closer to God by being surrounded by his creation," said the Mississippi College freshman. "There is nothing here to distract me. "Being surrounded by nature such as Yosemite takes my breath away. I often wonder how anyone can look at a place such as Yosemite and say there is not a God."
YOSEMITE, Calif. (BP)--Wow! Wow! Wow! That's all I can say about July 15. I can't believe that I went rock climbing in Yosemite -- especially since I can't stand heights. When the TruthQuest team rappelled off a 30-foot high rock, it took me forever to get down. After I finally returned to the ground, I thought our adventure was over. However, North American Mission Board missionary Steve Hughes told us that we should conquer a bigger rock to have a better feeling.
JENESS PARK, Calif. (BP)--July 16 was a great day in comparison to the last few. No cameras, no lights and no hype. It was just a day where we could all sit back and have an official quiet time. It has been hard to fit such moments into our busy TruthQuest schedule, because when we do have precious free time, it has been so tempting to sleep. It was so nice because I had a full hour that I was completely alone in a bunk on the bus. I opened up my Bible and just soaked in what God was trying to reveal to me through his Word and his Spirit.
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Sarah Brown of Youngstown, Ohio, works on her journal aboard the TruthQuest: California bus as fellow participant Katie Royals adds a lighthearted nudge. Photo by Morris Abernathy
YOSEMITE, Calif. (BP)--For some time now I have had a hard time believing that giving one's life completely to God will result in total happiness here on earth. However, God continues to show me that one can actually serve him and be completely happy at the same time.
SAN DIEGO (BP)--TruthQuest: California member Janie Jo Allen is embarking on a two-week journey with Baptist Press and FamilyNet Television, but nothing could have prepared her for the real-life drama that started in her family three years ago.