April 2020


If we pay close attention, we might notice that God has faithfully prepared us for the trials and tribulations that come our way. Last month, God’s kindness became clear for Dorothy, a 14 year-old, long-term patient in a subacute care hospital for kids.

We can trace the Lord’s proactive care for Dorothy all the way back to 2010, when a Young Life leader named Daniel would drive by a children’s hospital each week on his way to club. As Daniel passed the hospital, he would pray, “Lord, I wish we could be there for those kids.” 

Daniel’s desire did not go away, and last year he helped launch a Young Life club at the subacute hospital where Dorothy is confined to a wheelchair or in her bed. Dorothy is non-verbal, but she “speaks” with her hands and her head. When she was not able to leave her bed to come to club in the activity room, Daniel stopped by her room to share the gospel. After he shared about Jesus dying on the cross, Daniel felt compelled to ask Dorothy if she would like to trust Jesus and follow Him. Dorothy signaled that she would, so Daniel retrieved Adele, Dorothy’s leader, and Adele introduced Dorothy to the Savior through prayer. 

Four days later, the hospital closed its doors to visitors because of COVID-19. Thankfully, we serve a resurrected Lord who is known for walking through locked doors to greet His disciples. When Dorothy wants to talk to Adele, she signals to the nurses, and they reach out to Adele. Adele then video chats with Dorothy and they talk about what it means to follow Jesus. Through technology, Adele keeps showing up with the love of Jesus from behind locked doors. 

Thank you for supporting Young Life. Take heart that God has been faithfully preparing each of us for this time of trial in unseen ways for more than 2,000 years. Here is an invitation for us as we wait like the disciples for the appearance of the resurrected Lord. When you wash your hands with soap and water, instead of singing “Happy Birthday” to time yourself, consider praying for kids in your community who need the Savior. Then we might do much more than stem the tide of a pandemic; we might unleash the healing power of the Living God across our communities and the world. Thank you again for your support.

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw