Winter 2019 Update

Posted on by Amy Conrad

Greetings from the staff at YFC San Diego! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2019 was a big year for YFC San Diego and we are so delighted to share with you a year-end summary of how God has blessed our ministry.

 

We are continuing in our mentor relationships from Prison Fellowship Angel Tree kids, homeless kids and kids referred to us through probation.  An exciting milestone in our ministry is the birth of two Justice Church collaborations with churches in the County – Canyon Springs Church in Scripps Ranch and Community Covenant Church in El Cajon.  Both churches have entered into a covenant with YFC to receive information and training to be mentors (or get training for working with youth) and pour into the YFC ministry with ambassador support from their congregation.  We are SO delighted to partner with both of these churches and have formed such wonderful friendships with their church’s staff and congregations, as well have already conducted mentor information meetings and are on schedule to conduct two more trainings.  The Lord has really blessed us with these opportunities to extend YFC’s brand and ministry to these church’s  communities. 

 

We are so blessed to have the direction and dedication of Dean Soule to lead our Campus Life club at Hillsdale Middle School.  This school year kicked off with excitement as 25 middle schoolers showed up at Hillsdale Middle School’s Campus Life kick off in September. Dean and the Hillsdale Campus Life volunteers not only run Campus Life on Thursdays, but are seen around campus picking up trash and volunteering for lunch duty – servant leadership displayed as students are always watching.  Students at Montgomery Middle School in El Cajon enjoyed Campus Life this year as well growing and learning.  Eight middle schoolers made decisions to follow Jesus this last school year. 

 

Our focus is always on building meaningful relationships with kids. Since this year’s summer camp, we wanted to focus on keeping the relationships the kids  and the camp counselors formed at camp fresh and strong.  To do that, we organized monthly camp reunions with all the kids from camp and the camp counselors.  These reunions have consisted of a BBQ at a family home, a beach bonfire, attending a girls’ Christian conference and the boys are in the midst of planning something together as we write this letter.  This past summer we brought 18 kids to YFC camp in Ojai, CA. It was a new camp for us, but the kids had a great time at the camp and we even had a day at the beach where they had surfing lessons! Four campers made a decision to follow Jesus while at camp this summer.  One of the campers who made a decision thought she didn’t matter to God.  Her story:

 

Angela, a camper who “believed in God as a child, but my life was always a mess” thought for a long time that she was unworthy of God’s love.  This year at camp, a leader started asking her questions and help her unpack her thoughts about God – telling her she was worthy and that she could say YES to Him.  She decided to say YES because she was ready to follow Him regardless of her life situation!

 

We also added our intern, Rachel Bray, in June. She has been studying at the Master’s University for the last three years and Is finishing her senior year online. She will graduate in May with a degree in Bible Studies- Exposition. Currently she is also serving at a new church plant in San Diego called El Camino Grace Church. She works with their children’s and youth programs and also runs their social media accounts. Her favorite YFC memory so far was being on Project Serve this summer alongside other YFC students. She loves building relationships with them and see them continue to blossom into great friendships!  

 

The Youth For Christ San Diego Be the Story annual fundraising event was held on June 15 at Journey Community Church in La Mesa.  It was a powerful evening presenting our vision for the future and ministry goals to 68 attendees from all over San Diego County.  A real inspiration from the event was that over 40 attendees/20 households were brand new to YFC, responding with a ton of positivity toward YFC San Diego’s vision for the future!

 

Please join us in prayer for YFC San Diego.  The best way to communicate our prayer requests, upcoming events and general information is through our social media platforms:

 

Like us on Facebook:  Youth for Christ San Diego

Follow us on Instagram: yfcsandiego

 

Thank you for sharing in the mission of YFC to reach lost kids.  Thank you for your support in 2019.  We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 

 

In solidarity for Christ’s hope in this world,

Tina, Amy, Rachel and Dean  

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