Daily Discipleship Grows Relationships

This is one of our volunteers, Cara, and her Young Life girl, Emily. Cara and Emily's bond seems hand crafted by God. Cara went to a football game to spend time with her high school friends when she met Emily. Our leaders spend countless hours sitting in bleachers, stands, and auditoriums cheering on kids. It was at this particular football game where God introduced Emily to her Young Life leader.

Cara encouraged Emily to come to Young Life club and she did. Eventually, Emily heard a leader talk about sin. She heard about the brokenness that is in all of us that forever separates us from God. She heard about how her sin is something she cannot fix on her own and how she needed some help. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and Emily missed the next club where the Good News of the cross was shared. She missed hearing that the answer to our sin problem was Jesus, taking our punishment by laying down His life. However, God had a plan for Emily. Cara had grown close in her relationship with Emily and was now taking her to school in the mornings. One beautiful day, Cara shared with Emily the story of the cross and how loved and cherished she is by God. Emily heard that God sent His Son to die just for her. This is the day Emily prayed to accept Christ as her Savior on the commute to school.

Ever since that day, Emily has been eager to grow and learn more about her God, and Cara has walked with her every step of the way. They meet on a weekly basis over coffee or a quick meal to study scripture together. It's the generous donations of fellow believers who help allow these meetings to happen. Praise God for faithful volunteers spending time on a weekly basis meeting kids where they are, opening the Word, and sharing the best news ever told! Praise God for using early morning conversations in the passenger seat to call kids home

The Cost of Club

With a bad case of the Monday blues and the prospect of four long days to complete the week, most kids cannot wait to get to Young Life club on Monday night. Club is a safe place where Young Life leaders and High School kids sing at the top of their lungs, play silly games and laugh together until it hurts. At the end of each club, a volunteer leader proclaims the Gospel in a way kids relate to.

Our favorite club at W.T. White Young Life this semester was the night we talked about the cross. Specifically, we shared how Jesus Christ volunteered to take our sin on the cross and die because of His great love for us. After, kids got to write down the things in their life that they felt separated them from Jesus and were given the opportunity to nail their 'sins' to a cross built by some friends of Young Life. That night our friends experienced taking their sin to the cross and found freedom in Christ. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of. 

Young Life club is so much fun for everyone involved but takes a lot of planning and resources. Often, teams spend the whole week gathering supplies, practicing skits and studying the Word of God to prepare for the weekly club talk. In North Dallas, we can always use prayer but would ask you to consider giving to help with the cost of Young Life club.

We have an amazing core of leaders that span almost ten different programs. Each ministry is different and requires different materials to set up. Whether it is costumes for a skit, supplies for a game or a handmade wooden cross, these materials have a cost. All of these items add value to club and the experience kids have to hear the good news of Jesus.

 

The Hands and Feet of Young Life

Volunteer leaders are the hands and feet of this ministry.  In addition to their family life, 40 hours of work or college classes, tests, and social organizations, they spend their time with middle school and high school students.  Why would they take time from their already busy schedules to befriend and mentor students? They do this because their lives have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Once a month we gather with all of our volunteer leaders to break bread, fellowship, and train on the basics of Young Life. This time together allows us to encourage our leaders and plan for the coming months of ministry. 

Typically, the night starts with dinner and fellowship.  Everyone gets to catch up with one another and hear stories about what the Lord is doing in their personal lives as well as in their friendships with kids. Then, we gather for a quick devotional or time of worship.  In Young Life we want to first encourage our leaders in their relationship with Christ and point them to Christ for their rest, strength, and wisdom. Time to speak truth into their lives as they speak truth to students. Next, a Young Life staff associate comes in to train us on Campaigners, club, or contact work.  Each month we focus on a different topic. We talk through strategies and goals for reaching more kids with the good news of the gospel and showing them what life with Christ looks like. After that, we split into our respective schools and ministries to discuss and plan upcoming events and put into action what we just learned. 

It is always a blessing to gather together with others in the mission, hear the stories of how God is working, and equip young professionals to reach the youths of North Dallas. We are thankful for each of our volunteer leaders and the time they take outside of work to care about middle school and high school students, mentor them, introduce them to Christ, and help them grow in their faith. 

"And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15