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Our Mission Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by ... ~Praying for young people. ~Going where kids are. ~Building personal relationships with them. ~Winning the right to be heard. ~Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing. ~Sharing our lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents. ~Inviting them to personally respond to this Good News. ~Loving them regardless of their response. ~Nurturing kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and the knowledge of God's Word and become people who can share their faith with others. ~Helping young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential. ~Encouraging kids to live connected to the Body of Christ by being an active member of a local congregation. ~Working with a team of like-minded individuals -- volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff.
What is Young Life? Young Life was founded in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a youth minister in Texas. Rayburn wanted to reach out to high school kids who weren't interested in church, so he went on their turf, built relationships with them and introduced them to Jesus Christ. Today Young Life's caring and quality staff and leaders continue Rayburn's legacy of finding creative ways to meet and connect with middle school and high school kids. We desire that every kid hear about Jesus Christ and make his or her own decision about their faith. No matter what kids decide, Young Life leaders, who include college students to retirees, continue to love and care for their young friends. We're reaching kids in other countries, kids with disabilities, teenage moms, as well as kids who live in suburbs, big cities and small towns. Young Life has started and been sustained in communities thanks to local adults who care about every kid. These adults have promoted Young Life in the community, as well as provided prayer and financial support. Young Life leaders reach kids through unconditional friendships as well as through a variety of activities. At club, kids laugh, sing, play and hear a leader talk about God in a way they can relate to. Campaigners is a time for kids and leaders to explore the Bible and how it relates to life. And each summer, more than 40,000 kids head to one of Young Life's 21 camps with their leaders for an unforgettable week of fun, surprises and to hear how much God loves them.
- Ryan Gilbert
- (505) 662-2667
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