Ministry Is There for Young People Who Are
Struggling and Alone—and Shares with Them the Hope of Christ
GREATER MIAMI —Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net) is not only impacting an entire generation—from juvenile offenders to teens living in under-resourced families—it’s doing so in local areas all across our country. And it’s continuing its work during the challenging times of COVID-19, using novel methods such as outdoor gatherings, virtual meetups, and much more.
Youth For Christ—through ministry arms such as Campus Life, Deaf Teen Quest, Campus Life Military, City Life, Parent Life, and Juvenile Justice Ministry—extends the unconditional love of God and caring support to teens whose choices and circumstances might lead them down into a negative spiral. YFC helps teens overcome the darkness of discouragement by sharing the light and hope of Jesus Christ—one person at a time.
Noah Nemni, teen leadership outreach coordinator at Miami YFC, works primarily with indigenous student leaders in his area of Homestead, Florida. These students “have grown up through City Life KIX, our after-school program,” Nemni explains. “We’re training high-school kids and young adults to give back to our community. They get to be identified as student leaders—and they lead and plan every portion of the elementary after-school ministry. They’re learning how to teach Bible lessons, and we meet with them regularly and really just invest in them, as they invest in kids younger than themselves.”
It is extremely gratifying, Nemni shares, to witness the God-powered growth of these young people—who are themselves dealing with enormous economic stress at home as well as other challenges in their lives. As they reach out with the Gospel to younger kids, they grow by leaps and bounds from the experience.
In addition, says Nemni, he’s seen young people who were once angry and bitter at their circumstances arrive at a place of healing. One student even shared on Instagram after attending a transformative Miami YFC camp program, “God changed my life this weekend. And to all of you, whoever hurt me, I forgive you.”
“It was shocking,” says Nemni. “This was an eighth-grade student who had previously said he’d been hurt by others—and had said he would never forgive.”
Nemni adds that he loves what he does. “We reach lost kids. We support them and we care for them. I look at the problems in the world and they’re so big,” he says. “I can’t solve all of that, but I can engage in the life of a kid. I can share Christ with this kid—and He makes all the difference.”
Helping teens find Christ-centered role models around them and a new peace in Christ, no matter what issues they might be coping with, is the goal of all of YFC’s ministries, wherever they might be located.
Over 160 YFC chapters across the nation 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’s 3Story 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 3Story.org.
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, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.