May 2020

March2020-giving.pngOscar began sheltering at home in a one-bedroom apartment with his brother and mother in mid-March. Since then, they have collectively lost four minimum-wage jobs due to the pandemic, and now their hands are idle and their cupboards almost bare. Yet in the middle of this painfully difficult time, there is a light that continues to penetrate the darkness. 

Oscar met Christ through Young Life three years ago, and during this pandemic he has continued to engage online with his leaders for club and Campaigners. Soon after the order was given to shelter at home, Oscar asked his leaders how to livestream church services on Sunday mornings so he could continue to attend. In addition, Oscar’s leaders have organized caring adults in the community to deliver meals throughout the week to his family. Like a candle in a crystal chandelier, the light of Christ dances through Oscar’s life from a variety of angles. 

As you are well aware, the novel coronavirus has created a global crisis and is impacting us all to different degrees. In response, we have created the Young Life COVID-19 Relief Fund to support our staff and volunteers as they continue to share the good news with young people like Oscar through their words as well as their lives. 

For those who are able, we ask that you consider giving beyond your current level of support with a contribution to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. If you are not able, please know that we are praying for you and for the entire Young Life family, asking for God’s protection, provision and loving care. Regardless of your ability to give or not give financially at this time, we remain deeply grateful for your faithful partnership and invite you to join us in heartfelt prayer. 

The darkness is no match for the light of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Oscar’s leaders continue to see that light dancing in the eyes of this young man, thanks to friends like you. Thank you for giving countless kids like Oscar the opportunity to meet Jesus. He alone will see us through this storm. 

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw