YFC Parent Life Ministry Facilitates Godly Friend Connections To Reach More Young People in Denver Area
June 28, 2021
DENVER, Colo. – Youth For Christ’s (YFC, www.yfc.net) Parent Life Ministry understands the most positive influences in preventing teen pregnancy are healthy parental relationships and trusted relationships with other adults. Through its Parent Life Ministry, God uses friends to connect their stories – and mold these healthy relationships – to reach more young people and even generations to come.
In Colorado, 80% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and 3 in 10 teenagers will get pregnant at least once before 20 years old, according to Denver Area YFC’s Parent Life Ministry. YFC’s Parent Life Ministry reaches expectant and parenting teens and their children in unique ways to empower them in their next steps. One young Denver mom, Alexandra, understands firsthand the importance of these healthy and trustworthy adult relationships, but more importantly, she understands the need for more people to share their stories and connections.
In December 2019, Alexandra had her first child at 15 years old and forever changed her path in life when her close friend, Jenni, invited her to a YFC See The Story event to learn more about the Parent Life Ministry.
“I always just kind of knew that was my story,” says Alexandra, “but I didn’t know where God would use that redemption that He has given me through my life. Seeing in real life the stories of the young people showed me clearly that I was supposed to be involved to bring life to my story as well as to their story.”
Alexandra did not have a mentor when she had her son at 15 years old. Inspired by her experience with YFC, she is working on launching a new YFC ministry site in southwest Denver, which happens to be where she previously lived.
“Thousands of YFC volunteer leaders make a difference every day because of their love for Jesus Christ, and a calling to engage kids in tough places” says Jacob Bland, President and CEO of Youth For Christ. “I pray that our YFC staff will continue to raise up more volunteers like Alexandra, who care deeply about the spiritual condition of our youth, so that many more young parents will know that a hope-filled, abundant and eternal life is still possible.”
God’s hand was at work through Jenni’s invitation to Alexandra, facilitating this trusted, healthy relationship, ultimately impacting future relationships to come with young parents in similar shoes.
YFC 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. YFC 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.
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 more than 140 chapters that impact communities across America.
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