Message from Mark
As you may remember, our YV and Higher Ground programs and materials were introduced to Kenya 3 years ago. Since then the growth has been quite amazing. Last year in just 2 cities our YV clubs were in 28 schools with nearly 5000 students, led by 18 pastors report testimonies of how whole schools are being transformed. In August we were able to send a team down to train 180 pastors in several additional cities. Many of these pastors committed to starting YV clubs in the schools of their cities. In addition, hundreds of young people attended 3 youth conferences we put on. These kids will form the nucleus of the new clubs that will be developed. In Kenya, 60% of the population is under 21 years old so our YV Bible clubs are an exciting avenue to reach Kenya. Currently our YV materials are being translated into Spanish to be introduced into Mexico and Cuba. In addition, we collaborated with pastors in Leesburg, Florida who have recently opened a large teen center in their mall based upon the YV model. It is so exciting to see the principles and materials of Youth Venture being used across America and around the world.
Message from the Director
I have just returned from Kenya with our team where we trained pastors on how to reach kids for Jesus. This truly is an exciting time for this ministry. Here at home, there have been many other exciting things happening. At our North El Cajon location we recently rebuilt our skate park. Also our Lakeside site underwent a remodel and our Santee location moved into a new location, just 2 blocks from Santana. Many people donated their time, money, labor, skills, and resources to make these projects a success. We are excited for the new lives that will be reached in Santee and the greater effectiveness that our other centers will have. We are truly thankful for everyone who has made an investment in this ministry and helped to make everything we do possible. Thank you!
Youth Venture has received commendations from the County Board of Supervisors, the El Cajon City Council, and is enthusiastically backed by community leaders such as US Congressman Duncan Hunter, California State Assemblyman Joel Anderson, El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis and El Cajon City Councilman Bob McClellan.Read the rest »
In Eldoret, Kenya, just 170 miles outside Nairobi, Youth Venture is making an impact. Having a whole generation of young people marked by civil unrest and the post election violence of 2008, church and community leaders are working to reach and save the next generation. We receive regular reports on how Youth Venture materials are making a difference. Camp meetings for street children are growing at a rapid rate.
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“I have ministered in many meetings for youth that cannot be compared to other times… We are seeing a great future for our young people.” -Pastor Wilson Ngando