End of Year Letter

Posted on by Amy Vander Kamp

Dear Friends, It is the Christmas season and we are reminded of this: "For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost." -- Luke 19:10 Each week we meet with young people in Anchorage and Eagle River at Campus Life Clubs and in McLaughlin Youth Center to share the love of Jesus. It is where stories come to life. Stories like these... "Campus Life has opened up new doors and opportunities to get involved in the community in helping and relating to people. It has helped me find Jesus and share Him with others." --Elisha "It all started for me when I met Drew in Spanish class and he invited me to Campus Life. I come because of how fun and amazing it is. We have amazing leaders that are here for us when we need them. Coming here has taught me to be more patient and to believe more in myself. The leaders are the best people I have ever met." --Jesús "Youth for Christ meets in the middle of the week and gives me something to look forward to and helps me keep on track with my relationship with God." --Jordan "I was invited by a couple of my friends that talked a lot about Campus Life. I've been coming because of how fun and amazing everyone is. A lot has come out of it; the main and obvious thing would be meeting Jesus. Another thing is being able to spend more time with my friends." --Hannah "Campus Life is a place where I am shown compassion." --Tim "I started coming to Campus Life in middle school with a lot of my friends. Here we talk about everything and end on a positive note each week. We play different games and work on team building skills while enjoying each other's company. This year started out with a smaller group but then new people came as they were invited. Our group got bigger. The new friends brought new experiences and new stories and we have evolved." –Alexis These students at one time were lost and longed to be found like Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). We know from reading Zacchaeus' story that he was a dishonest tax collector, yet something drew him to climb up a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus not only looks up at Zacchaeus in that tree, but he initiates a relationship with him. He chooses to dine with Zacchaeus. This pursuit of a lost individual provokes a radical response. Zacchaeus was a changed man and chose to make things right with those he wronged. Jesus pursues young people today just like he pursued Zacchaeus. Our staff and volunteers meet young people where they are. It begins with a relationship, a conversation, and an unraveling of their story. It's a risk to reach out. The result over time is a life transformed emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our Story connects best with Their Story when we are initiating relationships with lost young people and sharing God's Story, especially those who are longing to be found. We are grateful for your past support. Would you prayerfully consider making a special year-end gift and help us give life to the story of a young person here in Alaska? Faithfully Serving, Alaska Youth for Christ Staff
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