Since 1941 Young Life has introduced millions of teenagers to Jesus Christ and helped them grow in their faith. With an emphasis on showing kids that faith in God can be fun, exhilarating, and life-changing, Young Life has almost 80,000 volunteers reaching almost 2 million kids a year around the world.
Here in Bellevue, Young Life is on the move. Our mission is to be wide and deep in the world of Bellevue teenagers. We want to be wide….introducing kids to Jesus at every middle school and high school in the city….and deep….challenging and encouraging kids to becoming disciples.
We currently take over 250 middle school and high school kids from Bellevue to camp each summer where they hear the Gospel in a fresh way, while surrounded by some of the most incredible beauty of God’s creation. After camp, we encourage kids to get involved in Young Life each week back home where they are encouraged to grow in their faith.
One of the kids who met Christ at a Young Life camp last year was Josh*. Josh attends Bellevue HS and comes from a family where English is not spoken at home, and his parents made no mention of Christ while being raised. Last spring, Josh found that he could make a lot of money by stealing alcohol from stores and then selling it to classmates. But, while he was caught up in that lifestyle, Josh heard about Young Life camp from a friend. He thought it sounded fun and signed up.
While at Malibu Josh heard about Jesus for the first time and felt deep conviction about his past life. He confessed his old life to his leader one night under the stars, and decided to follow Christ. In the months after returning home, Josh became a part of a local church, and joined it’s youth group. He still comes to Young Life occasionally and is growing in his faith through the encouragement of both the church and Young Life.
We love Josh’s story for a lot of reasons, but in particular we love that it shows how Young Life and the church can work together. We’re grateful for Bel Pres and it’s members for supporting our work with dis-interested teenagers who need to know about the God who loves them. Lost teenagers are a difficult crowd to reach, but together Young Life and the local church can reach the thousands of teenagers in Bellevue who don’t know Christ.
Volunteer leaders who go to summer camp with kids, and then follow up with them throughout the year are what make Young Life work. We have plenty of kids involved and now need more leaders to mentor and disciple them. We need adults willing to give just a couple hours a week to invest in the lives of teenagers. The difference you can make is incredible and eternal. If you’d like to know more about becoming a volunteer leader, or think you know someone who would be a great fit, please contact GetConnected.