October 2018

Dear Friend,

Jason was a lost sheep, and Ben did not know where to find him. Last fall Jason was the starting quarterback for the varsity football team. By late spring, he was no longer showing up at school, and Ben — his Young Life leader — was running out of ideas on where to search for the hurting young man.

“I told the Lord, ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Ben said. Then he wrote a prayer for Jason on a piece of notebook paper and placed it on his dresser. “I looked at that piece of paper every day, and I would pray, but eventually I stopped looking for Jason.” Ben didn’t stop hoping, however. He held tightly to the promise of Jesus: The Good Shepherd searches for the lost sheep until he finds it, and then he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and carries it home (Luke 15:4-6).

Four months later, Jason came walking through Ben’s front door. He wasn’t draped across the shoulders of Jesus, but he was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a fellow football player who knew Jesus and had also been praying for Jason. It was the night before camp and the friend asked Ben, “Can Jason go to camp with us tomorrow?” The veteran Young Life leader stood stunned. “I had never seen anything like this.”

It turned out Jason had been living with his grandfather who was in need of care but not capable of offering adult supervision. As a result, Jason had begun to slip into destructive behavior and had slipped out of sight and out of school. For Jason to go to camp, however, he needed approval from a parent. Ben told Jason he had to talk to his mom.

“That night,” Ben said, “Jason’s mom texted me, ‘You are the answer to all my prayers.’”

Thank you for supporting Young Life. Thank you for putting leaders who pray in the lives of lost and lonely kids. Jason went to camp the next day, and that week he surrendered his life to Jesus. With a concert of prayer playing silently in the background, the Good Shepherd joyfully brought Jason home. Thank you, again, for your support.

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw