Maryland Milestone

You can almost feel the collective sigh of motorists as they leave the hustle and bustle of Annapolis and Washington, D.C., to return to the coastal bliss of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City, US 50 winds for 100 miles through pine groves, farmsteads and harbor towns until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. In 2011, National Geographic named the highway among their top 10 scenic routes in America. 

But what the article missed is what God has been doing along this stretch of road. 

Take, for instance, the Bay Area Young Life leader tossing a lacrosse ball with his friends from Kent Island High School. Or perhaps farther down the road, you may glimpse Area Director Bobby Davidson and his Campaigners from Queen Anne’s County High School in their hunters camouflage. “The area has a rich history of hunting and fishing. As Young Life leaders, we come alongside kids by sharing their interests, our lives, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Davidson. 

Continue south on US 50 and you reach Easton. “A small town with big dreams of seeing lives changed through the impact and ministry of Young Life,” said Area Director Russ Brasher. While there, be sure not to miss a home football game, especially Young Life’s Fifth Quarter, where more than 300 students attend. It’s becoming one of the most talked about and community-supported events in town. 

At Cambridge, US 50 takes a turn to the east, but in terms of Young Life it’s moving in the right direction. With Young Life, WyldLife, Capernaum and YoungLives, Dorchester County Young Life impacts a wide range of students each year. “The Lord is rapidly opening doors,” said Area Director Clint Falduto, “not just with Young Life, but His kingdom presence.”  

Arriving in Salisbury, you’re now in what is considered the “crossroads of the Eastern Shore.” Here Young Life has been able to capitalize on the local university to multiply its leadership base. “These leaders have been key in expanding Young Life into the surrounding counties, including southern Delaware and Ocean City, where this summer 10 students attended camp with us,” said Area Director Kate Etling. 

Etling’s husband, Dave, a regional developer for Young Life, gave this perspective, “For the first time, there is a Young Life presence in every high school on Route 50 from the Bay Bridge to Ocean City.”

One road, 10 schools. That’s a milestone we can all celebrate.