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These members of the Young Adult Ministry group (YAM) participated in the recent Fargo Marathon events. From left to right are Josh Punt, Moriah Schroeder, Jacob Punt, Sierra Bivens, Savannah Person, Elissa Ogren, Brent Ogren, and Ryan Punt.

YAM - Making A Difference

People Of The Community

They were just a small group – nine runners among a mass of 15,000 – but being a part of the Fargo (ND) Marathon was just another way that YAM is hoping to make a difference among area young people.

YAM is short for the Young Adult Ministry

Group and nine Langford area members competed in the 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon at the recent Fargo race.

“Some of us thought it would be a good way to get in shape and get active, and we ended up with more than we thought we would,” said Brent Ogren. “It ended up being pretty fun.”

YAM started about a year ago with a group of young adults from Rose Hill Evangelical Free Church.

“Most of us have gone to Rose Hill since we were kids, and the church had a youth group and men’s and women’s groups, but when we got to be young adults there was nothing for our age,” said Savannah Person. “We started meeting every other Friday in each other’s homes.”

“It is a good Christian atmosphere to hang out, have good fellowship, and grow in God’s word,” added Ogren.

Just two of the nine participants had ever run a road race before, and preparing for the Fargo event was one way of promoting that fellowship.

“We spent about four months getting ready, so it was a very long process,” noted Person. “We all kind of started in January with training and learned that we couldn’t miss too many days. We just needed to be consistent and learned a lot about perseverance.”

In addition to Ogren, his wife, Elissa, and Person, those participating in the Fargo Marathon events included Joshua Punt, Ryan Punt, Jacob Punt, Savannah Ogren, Amber Ogren, and Sierra Bivens.

The group didn’t all train together but would talk about training runs they were doing, sent progress pictures, and talked about the different pains they encountered and what they could do about them.

“It was fun, and accountability was a big thing,” stressed Person.

The runners also learned to think positive.

“It rained the whole morning in Fargo,” said Ogren. “It was also really windy and the conditions were not ideal. But it was fun to be with other people and do it.”

Ogren wasn’t sure if the run would become an annual affair for the group.

“I’m not sure if this was a one-shot deal. There is some enthusiasm about doing it again, and others are not quite so enthusiastic about it.”

But the effort was just one way that the group is hoping to draw young adults in the region together.

“Our main goal is to fellowship together and bring others in our age group closer to Christ through studying his word and through community,” noted Ogren, who stressed there are no age requirements to join. “If you think you’re young and out of high school, you’re welcome to join. We want to leave it open to anyone and everyone.”

Anyone interested in more information on YAM or joining the group may contact Ogren (605-590-0374) or Person (605-290-7127). Information is also available on Facebook or on the Rose Hill website at

Currently up to 20 young adults meet in homes every other Friday. In addition, the group has done some volunteering at the Marshall County Food Pantry, has served breakfast and helped with ministry at Rose Hill, and sponsored a movie at the Strand Theater. A bonfire camping night is planned at Roy Lake this summer.

“We want to help make a difference in the community,” concluded Person. “Just like the race, we kept each other accountable and developed a lot of encouraging feedback and friendships. YAM is a good place to grow in your faith and your friendships and to dig deeper into the Word, but it’s also a way to dig deeper into knowing the community around you.”

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