By Karl Van Cura, Executive Director
Since 2019, national news has been reported that 3 in 5 teens are experiencing increased physical, mental, and relational issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies. Youth are more at risk than ever before.
“The tragedies kids face in this post-pandemic landscape are astronomical,” states YFC President Jacob Bland. “But God can overcome this. There is a significant opportunity to reverse the trend by bringing hope in a broken world.”
In Matthew 9:36, Jesus looked at the crowds having compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. In Luke 19:10, we read why – for He came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus knew his mission and purpose was to come into our world, seek the marginalized, love them and speak the Father’s message of hope. He commissioned us to bring hope to this broken world.
Our focus is coming alongside young people who are experiencing pivotal moments and tragedies happening in their world. Young people who feel hopeless and overwhelmed. Especially right now, our YFC leaders are being equipped to step into this brokenness.
As you continue reading, you’ll notice a theme of physical, relational, and social needs of young people being met, and more importantly, eternal impacts spiritually. As we uncover God’s hope in youth with the compassion of Jesus, we are grateful for your partnership. Please pray for staff and ministry and for doors to open to reach more youth, with volunteers and financial supporters joining us.