We care for kids by meeting them where they are and as they are – in their schools and neighborhoods, at their soccer games, or wherever kids hang out. We call this “contact work”, and it’s at the heart of our ministry. Young Life leaders simply show up and begin a friendship with one of the over 154 million young people in Latin America/Caribbean.
Young Life club is a ‘party with a purpose’. Clubs are held weekly in a central location within a neighborhood or city- in schools, homes, even under mango trees. It’s a place for kids to be known, to have life-giving fun, play games, sing songs, and perhaps hear for the first time about Jesus and His love for them.
Every club and neighborhood either has a weekly group meeting or one-on- one discipling friendships to help kids who want to learn more about Jesus or grow in their faith. It’s a time in God’s word, a time to ask questions, and a time for God to be raising some of them up to be leaders themselves in their communities. They are also encouraged to be involved in their local church.
Many kids decide to spend a week or 3 days with their leader at camp. For some, it is the first time they have left their neighborhood. Camp is indescribably good- good food, games, singing and dancing and laughter. It is here that they also hear the gospel story and in more depth about their Savior Jesus Christ and his love for them. It is a time of radical transformation for many kids as they encounter Jesus and their lives are forever changed.
Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community.
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