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Teens’ T-Shirt Business Also Shares Christ

Jan 6, 2005

Yesterday’s Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram newspaper carried a story by staff writer Joe Segura on some Southern California teens, at least one from a Grace Brethren church, who have turned a T-shirt business into witnessing opportunities. A few paragraphs are excerpted here—to read the full story click here.

Four Millikan High students — Buzzy Jenkins, Mike Miley, Jeremy Wright and Kevin Jenkins —are spreading the word of their Lord.

Oh, they’re not evangelists. They’re T-shirt makers. More precisely, they design and sell T-shirts.

Buzzy Jenkins is the design artist, and his cousin Kevin does the silk-screening process. Wright is the marketing manager, and Miley heads up the sales.

Their shirt-design business is Embrace Christ — it’s quietly tucked away on the underside of the name tags. But the shirts also feature snippets of the Bible. . .

. . . Off campus, the shirts are sold at Longboards in Seal Beach and on the Internet at The business has survived for one and a half years. . .

. . . “Music kind of inspires me,” said Buzzy Jenkins, explaining his designs.

But the Bible is the key source of inspiration — for both the T-shirts and their personal lives.

“We’re kind of going against the grain,” said Kevin Jenkins. . .. .

. . .Their beliefs are strong, they said, explaining that they deeply appreciate God’s gifts — a trait that’s with them even while they sit on their surfboards, waiting for a wave.

“It’s God creation,” explained Miley. . .

. . . The three seniors have high grade-point averages, and they plan on continuing their studies in college — and keeping in touch with the Lord. They attend Calvary Chapel services in Costa Mesa and Grace Brethren in Long Beach.