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Ann Lawrence, manager of Farmington Conference Center in rural Maine, knows the eternal difference that camp can make in the lives of young people.

Much has been written lately about ministering to victims, families, and communities in the wake of school violence. But what about ministry to the perpetrators of such attacks?

That is the ministry challenge - and opportunity - facing Greg Kirksey, president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Kirksey, a former Arkansas Baptist pastor, began serving in August as director of Covenant Connections at the Alexander Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention center associated with the state's Department of Youth Services. He describes Covenant Connections as a national pilot project "between the juvenile detention facility and Boys and Girls Club of America to bring the community and the corrections effort into partnership."

Although "I didn't know what I would find" in the new ministry position, Kirksey added, "I knew I was there on God's assignment."

Ten days after he started working at the Alexander facility, the t...