November 2018

Dear Friend,

It was a cold March morning when Tom spied a tall man lugging a flat tire down the road. Tom rolled down his window and called, “Do you need some help?”

“No hablo Inglés,” came the measured reply, so Tom switched to Spanish. “Come on in! Let’s get that tire fixed!”

As Tom and Johan knelt on the hard ground beside the car, Tom asked a few questions. (It was Tom’s second nature as a Young Life volunteer.) Tom learned that Johan and his wife were in the States from Venezuela on a three-month engineering work visa. “We can’t go back,” Johan said. “Venezuela is a disaster. There is no food or medicine.” Tom told Johan he would pray.

That week, Tom could not quit thinking about Johan. He recalled hearing Johan say that he lived in an apartment near Walmart, and “I knew what his car looked like!” It was no coincidence then, that when Johan walked out of his apartment on Sunday afternoon, he heard Tom call his name.

Johan lit up and gave Tom a big hug. He introduced his wife, Fabiana, and his 2-year-old son, Miguel, who were with him. Tom told Fabiana, “I have been in your country before with a ministry called Young Life.” Fabiana’s eyes welled with tears. “I was an exchange student in high school in the States,” she said. “I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior through Young Life.”

Tom continued to reach out to Johan, but one day he and his family were suddenly gone. Tom continues to pray for his refugee friends.

Thank you for supporting Young Life. I am humbled to discover that God used Young Life to introduce Fabiana to Jesus Christ. Now, in a world turned upside down, Tom was a gentle reminder that God had not forgotten this hurting family.

As we thank God for His abundant provision in our lives this season, let us also join with Tom and pray for those who are searching for safety and shelter, for medicine and food. May God continue to use this mission to bring hope and healing to a hurting world.

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw