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Wonder: A magic show fundraiser for Young Lives

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This Saturday, January 25, 2014, will be a special time in Belton, Missouri, as Terry Magelssen is bringing his magic show to Memorial Station at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. These performances are a fundraiser for the Belton chapter of Young Lives, a mentor program for teenage girls who are pregnant or are raising a child, to help pay for summer camp.

Young Life, founded in 1941, works with teenager girls and their families. Young Lives is a local chapter of the national group, started in Belton in 1991. When a teenager becomes pregnant, it changes the family dynamics. The group helps girls find a job or a source of income, provide emotional support, provide GED assistance, and introduce them to Jesus Christ. A mentor is assigned to each girl, individually. The group meets several times a month, providing the girls with fun and fellowship, a meal, games, and Bible study. Each year, a summer camp is available to the girls and their babies. The Belton chapter goes to Michigan for their summer camp. The cost is $1,000 for each girl with her baby.

Terry Magelssen has been a magician for many years, and enjoys helping others through his fundraising performances. He started with magic in 1973, as a student in junior high. Shortly thereafter, he joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a group of amateur and professional magicians. At their annual convention, Magelssen won 1st place in competition in 1976. He has performed in talent contests, city fairs, and birthday parties. His business, Amazing Productions, was started in 1985. A highlight of his career was to perform at the Magic Castle in California. Magelssen can be found in the movie, Monday after the Miracle, a CBS motion picture, where he plays a Vaudeville magician. He has performed many fundraiser events for old theaters in Kansas and Missouri.

Wonder: An Illusion to Deception and Truth is the title of the performances on Saturday. Memorial Park is located in Belton's Memorial Park. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and children 6 and under are free. A family pack is offered for $20.00, which covers two adults and two children. A portion of the show will include Gospel stories to go along with the magic show. More information may be found at www.wonderillusionshow.com and/or www.amazingproductions.net.

Romans 12: 13 says, "Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). Take some time on Saturday to enjoy a great magic show and help these girls and their babies find a better direction in life.

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