By Jim Cole, Tri-City Area Director
Siouxland YFC has taken steps in the past three years to position ourselves to gain access to every student in Siouxland. This year will set the pace as we engage with the communities in what we call TriCity, which includes the larger communities of Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, North Sioux City and South Sioux City.
When it comes to our ministry, our first priority is to relentlessly pursue God. The second priority comes from 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 in which we are called to be reconciled and become a “new creature in Christ.” We want to pursue lost youth and encourage them to engage in this reconciliation process. In order to achieve this, our goal in 2022 for the Tri-City Area is to raise the financial resources and volunteers to fully fund and implement ministry in two to three schools and one neighborhood outreach.
The Sioux City Community School District recently invited YFC to apply for a grant partnership to walk alongside struggling students in our local high schools, which we graciously applied for and were accepted. As we continue to work with and serve our school district, we’ll learn what this will look like for us. We recognize this could seriously accelerate our pace to enter into other schools in Siouxland. It is our goal that through this partnership, we will establish YFC as the organization that the Sioux City School District goes to for intervention for students inside and outside the classroom.
We are excited for this new opportunity to reach more students in the Sioux City School District and can’t wait to share with you more updates as this evolves. It will take one school at a time and one kid at a time for us to reach every kid in Siouxland. It’s our desire to give them an opportunity to make an informed decision to follow Jesus Christ and to be discipled into the local church. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our ministry programs to continue to grow.