From the President

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." — 1 Peter 2:9 ( TNIV)

The vast majority of people who read Relationships have been involved in Young Life in the past and many still are. But because I know the circulation of this magazine is 195,000 people and because I also know that we have 32,000 volunteers (leaders and committee members) and 3,330 staff, it is numerically evident that about 160,000 of us are not volunteering today. I have a message for us:

The Mission Wants You.

In a past article, I shared with you our new initiative — Reaching a World of Kids (RWOK). We want to double the number of kids we reach each year from approximately one million to more than two million. Our primary method will not be to recruit thousands of new staff members. Instead we want to invite tens of thousands of volunteers to join with us to reach these kids in every state in the union and every corner of the globe. We certainly will need more staff and I'm so thankful for the outstanding men and women the Lord calls to full-time or part-time ministry with Young Life. But our staff members will play a more prominent role in recruiting, training, encouraging, equipping, sustaining and deploying leaders who volunteer than they ever have before.

And that's where you come in. We need you. We want you. We've been praying for workers like you because "the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." That's why we're asking the Lord of the harvest "to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:37-38).

Before we use the normal excuses (I'm too old, I'm too young, I don't have much time, I'm not very funny, I feel uncomfortable around kids, I'm no longer "cool," I don't feel equipped, etc.), I'd like us to consider what kind of workers this mission needs:

    • Committee people who support the local work. Women and men who have a vision to see that every kid in their community has a chance to meet Jesus Christ. Providing practical encouragement and support to our staff and leaders. Bringing our financial or fund-raising abilities to the table. Working on the annual banquet or being part of the prayer team, etc.

    • Leaders who work with kids. Age doesn't matter. We've had high school kids who volunteer with WyldLife ministry and friends in their 70s who lead. We promise to train you. So before you say, "That's not me," please pray about this opportunity. And because we now have Young Life College, you might want to mentor a college student or lead a small group.

    • Volunteers at the local Young Life office or at our camps or at the Service Center in Colorado Springs.

So I am hoping that you will be the answer to our prayers. That you will be part of the workers who enter the harvest field and personally are touched by what God is doing with kids in a tough, pressure-filled world. Call your local area office or e-mail me.

The Mission Needs You.