March 22, 2021
EL PASO, Texas — For 75 years, Youth For Christ El Paso has been dedicated to reach young people everywhere, working together with local churches and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus. From the beginning, area youth were at the heart and soul of this ministry – and that devotion continues today – even during the pandemic.
“COVID has brought a lot of changes for how we do ministry,” said Michael Anderson, YFC El Paso executive director. “But our heart has always been connected with the teens; we reach out to them in every way that we can these days. We’ve hosted virtual clubs, virtual gatherings – even virtual game nights.”
At a time when many have not been able to connect in person, YFC El Paso has continued its service to their local community. “Last summer, we partnered with another ministry and held a food drive where we were able to assist over a hundred families,” said Anderson. “Then at Christmas time we hosted a toy drive, where we were able to give over 200 families toys for Christmas.”
In addition to the special food and toy drive events, YFC El Paso also has a Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM) that mentors youth in the Juvenile Detention Center in El Paso.
YFC El Paso witnesses the value and the impact of reaching the local community. “For us, at the heart of it, is the youth we serve – as well as their families,” explained Anderson. “We want to hear their stories and be connected with them. We want to be present to all of the families – including our staff and volunteers – whether we are offering prayer or helping to meet a need that they have.”
Anderson explained that for the families and youth at YFC El Paso, family and community is at the heart of their values. “This is a group of people who will respond immediately when they hear about a need. They put their hearts and souls into serving others. Even the teens – they are excited to be helping and to be part of the YFC ministry. Belonging is very important to them.”
YFC El Paso wants to continue that feeling for the teens and families in their ministry, by providing them with an actual brick and mortar location, so that they can regularly visit and feel at home. “Because of the restrictions that the campuses have in place because of COVID, we’re finding that our ministry’s biggest need is that we need an actual location where the kids can safely interact and just be themselves,” continued Anderson. “And even though YFC El Paso has existed for 75 years, we’ve never had our own facility. And so that’s something that we’re trying to raise money for this year – the Youth For Christ Youth Center. Part of our 75th celebration is to provide a safe place where kids can visit, engage with mentors and have a chance to be active – all in an environment where they can grow and walk with Christ.”
YFC El Paso is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yfcelpaso, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yfc_elpaso/, and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqkoK1kmpmTpM5LvnAkQ7A.
Youth For Christ haschapters 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.
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 learn more about what Youth For Christ is doing in Texas, visit www.yfc.net/texas
To interview a Youth For Christ representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.