The 2016-2017 program year for GRIL U began on Friday evening, September 23rd at Madison Place in Grand Rapids. We greeted and welcomed 20 individuals to begin the transformational experience of changing their lives toward becoming stronger leaders. Participants began by learning more about GRIL, about GRIL U and about each other and especially what leadership is. What are the characteristics of good leaders and what is the importance of leaders and of leaders having a strong relationship with God. We welcome this year’s teens from Navigators/The Edge, Madison Square Church and Bridge Street House of Prayer. ¬†A big shout out to all the alumni that came to support new participants, lead devotions, to lead activities and to help train. Also a huge “Thanks” to the GRIL adult alumni who are leading this year’s teens. They include:¬†Christy Knetsch, Henry Bouma, Aaron Collier, Anna Stowie img_5772and Kate Moore.