‘Building Meaningful Connections One Phone Call and Visit at a Time’
November 10, 2020
Portage County, WI —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 is continuing its work during the challenging times of COVID-19, using novel methods such as outdoor gatherings, virtual meetups, and much more.
Recently, YFC’s Portage County, Wisconsin juvenile justice ministry affiliate coordinator Liz Gosse had the opportunity to finally meet in person three teens, all of whom she had only known via mobile phone calls, due to COVID-19 visiting restrictions.
Gosse, who had reached out to a few teens in a facility with a written note, providing prayerful words of encouragement, described her experience. “I’d encourage the girls to reach out to me – let them know that we are all thinking of them, praying for them and want to hear from them,” Goss said.
Three girls did reach out – a few at a time, via phone calls to Gosse. Gosse recalls one teen in saying that she had not “really been that religious, but she found this book on prayer in the classroom, and felt like God’s working in here. She went on to say that she’d been praying for people.”
Once able to visit the girls in person after weeks of phone calls, Gosse was gratified to be able to give the teens each a copy of the 3Story bible, and spend some time with them. “Each of the girls expressed interest in staying in contact,” Gosse said. “Spending time in person with these girls was probably one of the best experiences that I’ve had in ministry. Our time together was brief – but our connection was meaningful. We had been praying that the Holy Spirit would go beyond where we could go to reach these girls and that’s exactly what happened.”
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.