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 often wonder how my life might have been different if there had been a Youth Venture in my neighborhood. I am so grateful for all of the volunteers who give so much of their time and love to make a difference in these kids’ lives. Everyday we meet kids who are dealing with such difficulties, and Youth Venture becomes a light to help show them they way through. Youth Venture shows that there is so much more to life than what they see around them. The volunteers at Youth Venture become mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters to these kids and Youth Venture becomes a second home to them. Youth Venture gives them a safe place to escape the temptations and troubles all around them, and a place to find answers to their questions. I am so grateful for the kids we are able to reach, but I know that there are many more neighborhoods and many more kids who are searching for hope but there isn’t a place like Youth Venture around for them to go to. I look forward to the day when we see centers like Youth Venture springing up in cities and neighborhoods all around us. It is so exciting to be a part of this adventure with you in reaching these kids. You make all of this possible and I am eternally grateful.