April 2019

A rough road littered with pain and poverty led Kari to the spot where she first met Jesus. Kari and her family had moved from hotel room to hotel room and campground to campground before social services placed her and her siblings in multiple foster homes. Kari was eventually plucked from the system by her Aunt Connie, who lived two states away. Imagine Kari’s surprise when she showed up for a social services meeting one night and was welcomed warmly by Young Life leaders, as if they were expecting her arrival.

“Over the next year,” one leader explained, “we prayed for Kari regularly and saw her twice a month at the meetings.” Eventually Kari became a regular at Young Life club and then, like thousands of other kids each summer, she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ at camp.

Kari’s story reminds me of the Samaritan woman who found Jesus waiting for her at the well, as if He were expecting her arrival. Her broken road intersected with His redeeming love, and an entire community felt the impact. Kari’s community is beginning to feel the impact of her faith as well. Kari’s cousin was the first to join Kari in trusting Jesus, and now Aunt Connie is pouring out her life in service to the Savior, making meals for foster kids each week at club.

Thank you for supporting this mission. The Gospel writer tells us that Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” He had a heart for the people there. Likewise, Young Life leaders have to take the good news to wherever kids are. The love of Christ compels them to show up at ballgames, track meets, band concerts, street corners, skate parks, coffee shops and sometimes even social services meetings for kids who are passing through the system. Leaders simply have to go, because of their heart for kids. Thank you for faithfully clearing the path for them with your support.

It is a privilege to partner with you in Young Life.

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw