Father of Columbine Victim to Speak at YFC Banquet

( [email protected] ) Apr 26, 2004 02:40 PM EDT

On May 8, Darrell Scott, father to slain Columbine victim Rachel Scott, will be the keynote speaker at the 2004 annual banquet "Looking Through the Eyes of YFC”, sponsored by Delaware Youth for Christ at Bank One River Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Founder of Columbine Redemption, Scott will share his vision for the nation based on his faith.

After the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, Scott founded the ministry so that his daughter’s death would no be in vain. He has spoken at numerous venues across the countries, including churches, Christian schools, and youth conferences, to over 4 million people on the topic of school violence and the need for the nation to turn to God.

“We need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of a simple trust in God,” Scott said before the Congress five years ago.

Up to 900 people are expected at the event, which begins with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., said Seth Baker, executive director of Delaware Youth for Christ.

"We believe it's so important to be involved with kids as they make decisions about who they are and who they are going to be," Baker said.

Scott will also share his daughter’s faith as a strong Christian. When he read about her dedicated faith in a diary he found after her death, he was inspired to start a ministry that promotes kindness and outreach to the neglected as an antidote for violence.

Hearing about the faith of Rachel Scott may be motivational to students, Baker said.

YFC is a nondenominational youth outreach, which has branches in more than 100 nations, is more than 40 years old. In New Castle County, Delaware Youth for Christ works with 3,000 middle school and high school students through three centers.

Tickets costing $15 each will be sold through May 1. (For more information, call 302-995-6937 or visit www.DelawareYFC.org.)