January 2020

​It was a moment worth marking, so Danny took a marker to his T-shirt and wrote across the collar: JESUS SAVED MY LIFE, June 13, 10:18 p.m. It was only the second night of Young Life camp, but the high school freshman had heard the good news about Jesus all year at club, and he was ready to become a marked man. While his cabinmates made their way to the fun activity for the evening, Danny and his leader sat in awe beneath the stars, wiping away tears at the appearance of the Savior. You might say that they were enjoying the second Epiphany celebration of 2019.


In January each year, Christians set aside Epiphany Sunday to celebrate the manifestation of the Christ Child to the Magi in Matthew 2:11. Matthew tells us a star led the Magi to the Savior, and they brought gifts worthy of a fellow king. Danny brought a precious gift to Jesus as well that week at camp. He brought his older brother, Brandon.


A couple of nights after Danny wept beneath the stars with his leader, Brandon followed in his brother’s freshly lain footsteps. Here is how their Young Life leader described the scene:


“That night, another leader and I saw Brandon hunched over the edge of a railing, softly crying. He began to process the unconditional love Jesus had for him. We prayed over him as Jesus moved radically. I'm not sure how to describe it other than walls were coming down, barriers were breaking and Brandon was fully surrendering to Jesus in that moment.”


Later that night, Brandon sat across from his brother in cabin time and thanked him for leading the way to Jesus. Today, I would like to extend that same heartfelt gratitude to you.


In the story of the Magi, you would be the shining star! You have faithfully and silently illuminated the path to the Savior for countless kids like these brothers. I am deeply grateful. I look forward to celebrating Epiphany tens of thousands of times over with you in this new decade. Thank you again for leading the way to Jesus with your support.​

to Jesus with your support.

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw