Repent Amarillo reaching out to area students

Published: Sep. 15, 2011 at 10:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 at 1:07 AM CDT
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A local religious group is now reaching out to area students and that effort is meeting some opposition.

A Facebook page is what started the effort to get more people into church. Their main focus is to go straight to the students.

David Grisham is always looking for ways to turn people to Christ. Now he is headed to area schools in order to reach out to students.

"For the adults, our outreach will be outside the schools on public property, we will not trespass on school property without permission from administrators. We will just hand out the gospel tracts and our goal is to get kids more involved so that they bring the gospel into the schools. Just casual conversation from one student to another just like people do at work," says David Grisham, Repent Amarillo.

But many oppose what he believes is free speech. A group against Repent Amarillo is out to put a stop to his plan.

"We think he is a dangerous person. Not so much in a violence sense but he could leave an impression on kids. They are pretty innocent and don't know how to sort out things. We feel he could lead kids down a path. He has an apocalyptic vision. He sees the world as a very dark place and kids don't need to be thinking that is the way life is," says Daryl Hurst, Amarillo Citizens Against Repent Amarillo.

I spoke with Amarillo ISD and they sent us a statement saying they are aware of the situation.

They say their are board policies in place that govern when and what information can be distributed to students at school.

Grisham says that parents should not be concerned, he is only trying to spread the word of Jesus Christ.

"If a parent does have a concern they are free to teach their children anything they want at home and apparently the schools are going to teach what they want at school. We are just giving them another option," says David Grisham, Repent Amarillo.