Young Life has had a huge impact on my life. When I was in high school, my Young Life leaders had the greatest impact on my life outside of my parents. I volunteered with Young Life through college and it continued to impact me greatly.
Young Life is a great ministry that shares Christ with kids. I have had many great experiences with Young Life as a student a volunteer and now a staff person.
Not only did Young Life change my life in High School, it has provided a foundation for a growing relationship with Christ for me as an adult. YL offers many ways for adults to become directly involved. It gets people out of the pews and into the world of actively serving Christ and others.
At age 14 I was invited to a Young Life camp by my cousins who were both doing ministry at the time. It truly changed my life. I couldn't think of a better Christian organization if I tried. Young Life does for kids what the local YMCA can never do, it shows kids the light!
In the town where I live Young Life started 5 years ago. I have seen both macro and micro transformation. Camdenton is a small town and needed a strong out reach program because most youth groups were small in the area when I moved here. One of the most encouraging things has been to see some kids go to college and become leaders. One of the transformations I have seen was the community between alternative kids and mainstream kids. The skater/hardcore music group, alternative kids, have always thought the mainstream kids hated them. There were definite stereotypes mainstream kids hold against alternative kids. Now the kids say Young Life feels like a community. They greet each other in the hallways right now and feel morelike a family. Finally, I have seen individual transformation as kids learn what it means to follow Christ. A lot of our leading is by example and discussion not just teaching. Therefore, we do Bible readings with kids and help give them the tools to become practical theologians not just tell them what the Bible says. It has changed the way I follow Christ and my views of people. I have seen the same in many people I am around as well.
If it weren't for this organization my life would be tremendously different and I thank God for the radical change that's happened in my life because of Young Life. I was a High School kid who seemed to have it all together on the outside but I was broken and desperate on the inside. My leader, who was committed to the mission of Young Life, stepped in and loved me when my own family was falling apart and failing to do so. I assuredly would have went all the wrong directions had I not found Christ through Young life. My leader was not only committed to introducing me to the love of God, but also spending years walking me through the experience. As I've turned around and decided to work with Young Life I've been used by God to change the world, at least for a handful of kids. I believe that God has used this ministry to change lives for decades now
Young Life has changed my life not only with my walk with Christ but with my career path and now get to experience teenagers in Bozeman realize what a huge impact Young Life has on them.
As a high schooler in N.C. my view of God and of myself was forever changed by a Young Life leader coming to my school everyday. He pursued a relationship with me for the pure sake of pursuing a relationship with me. Not to get me to come to a meeting. Not to get me to give money or time. Just because He loved me. Naturally I wanted to be cared for like that and it wasn't long before I wanted to know everything that he knew and wanted to be like him. I have been involved with Young Life since then as a leader. It has been 9 years since I met him and my life changed. The work of Young Life has had an unbelievably long lasting effect on me.
I could not dream up a better organization to be a part of. The leadership of the staff and the hearts of the leaders are beyond superb. It is amazing to see how much this organization is able to do.
I wouldn't be who I am today without Young Life! It has rocked my socks off. I know God better and can love others better because of it. I was entrenched in alcohol and drugs and living only for myself until Young Life shared the Truth of who God is! They are very effective and loving and caring.