January 25, 2021
KANSAS CITY, KS — In terms of football seasons, Kansas City has had much to celebrate with their local pro football team. But the area has more than just football to celebrate: Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net) has created a video to highlight the life-changing work of their youth, leaders, and community partners.
In the nearly 4-minute video, 14 YFC youth, leaders, and community partners share their individual experiences and success stories about how YFC has made many positive contributions to their lives. Among those featured are Lisa, Timeshia, and Martin.
Lisa’s son connected with YFC at a local detention center. While he was there, YFC staff and volunteer leaders met with him weekly for Bible Studies and mentoring. “The coordinator called me and said, ‘I know it’s been three years since you’ve had your child. We want you to come up to the facility and hug your child.’ I cannot put into words what that was like to be able to see him without a glass wall between us.” Lisa now serves as an advocate and advisory board member for the local YFC ministry.
Timeshia grew up in a foster care environment. She recently earned her certificate in massage therapy and is working hard to provide a stable home for her son, Zander. “Zander just turned one. I thank God every day for him. I feel accomplished, and I’m not done yet. The certificate was my first steppingstone.”
Growing up in Los Angeles, Martin was involved in gangs. After leaving Los Angeles, Martin committed his life to raising his son. Today, he and his wife mentor former gang members and young families through YFC. “I visit the youth detention facility every day, as well as go to court. I speak with the parents and police officers. My hope is for change for a better life, not just for the youth, but our community.”
YFC has chapters impacting thousands of communities across the nation that seek out and serve youth from all walks of life. Many teens are silently struggling through a variety of challenging issues—and now they see the living power of a loving God.
Youth For Christ staff and volunteers are encouraged by the YFC 3Story® concept, which is based on the belief that kids will be reached for Christ when met at their point of need—and as workers connect their stories with Jesus’s story. The ministry efforts of Youth For Christ are changing lives, one young person at a time.
Youth For Christ 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 in order to lead people to Christ. For more information, visit yfc.net.
Nationally, Youth For Christ is telling inspiring stories through#YFCBeTheStory, an initiative to help spread the word across the nation about how YFC chapters are making a difference in their communities.
Youth For Christ 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 more than 160 chapters that impact communities across America.
To interview a Youth For Christ representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.