YFC Comes Alongside Young Parents to Support and Encourage Them During Their Transition to Parenthood
December 6, 2021
DENVER— With Christmas right around the corner, many parents are joining the throng of shoppers to purchase gifts for their children. While some parents find the act of shopping for their children to be a joy, others struggle to fulfill their child’s expectations with a tight budget. Experts recently reported that the average parent spends nearly $100 per child for Christmas presents, with 71% of parents with younger kids feeling the pressure to overspend.
Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net) is aware of this added pressure around the holidays for parents, particularly teen parents. YFC Denver’s Parent Life ministry reaches expectant and parenting teens and their children through intentional relationships and holistic ministry with trained adults and community partnerships, empowering the teens to make good choices and encouraging them to further their education and move toward independent living and become life-long followers of Jesus Christ.
To best serve teen parents, YFC Denver is hosting their second annual toy drive, where local teen parents can come to choose toys for their children free of charge. The event is open to all teen parents in the community.
Cherelle Cowan, Parent Life director at YFC Denver, commented, “Research shows that 80% of Colorado teen pregnancies are unintended, and we know that this can put a huge financial burden on teen parents who might not be prepared for the Christmas season. We want to remind these teen parents that they are not alone—we are here as a resource as they go through the busy holiday season.”
YFC Denver is partnering with a foundation partner called “Play for Trey” for the toy drive, which has gathered and donated around 16,000 toys in similar toy drives.
The teen parents will be able to choose their toys on December 18 at Fellowship Denver Church, with YFC Denver collecting toys throughout the month of December.
“Our staff and ministry leaders mentor and walk alongside these young people to change the outcomes of their families and seek eternal change throughout the rest of their lives and their children’s lives,” Cowan stated. “This toy drive is a wonderful way to come alongside these young parents and lend them a helping hand for the glory of God’s kingdom.”
YFC chapters impact thousands of communities across the nation, seeking out and serving youth from all walks of life. Young people are silently struggling through a wide variety of challenging issues—and through the YFC ministry God empowers, they see the living power of a loving God. YFC trains its leaders in a proven, relational ministry model called 3Story®, which encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life to lead people to Christ.
YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has 137 chapters that impact communities across America.
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