This week Laura and I had the amazing opportunity to sit in on a ministry that is doing work inside of the public schools.
I first heard about Young Life when I was in high school. I had a few friends who went to Granada High School in Livermore and they attended this Young Life meeting every single week without fail. My friends would talk about the fun trips and the great leaders and I knew that their lives had been extremely affected by this ministry. In fact, one of those friends now works as a Young Life leader on a public school campus. I had heard so many great things about this organization through friends and even through Bob Goff’s book, Love does, but only now, do I really understand what Young Life does.
We walked into the small room at Dublin High before the service started and we were honestly a little nervous because it was our first time attending a group like this. As we were interacting with the leaders, 25 public schools students began to flood the room. The leader of the group, Chelsea, had already prepped me about the types of students we were going to encounter. Many of these students have never stepped foot in a church before. In fact, there were several students of other religions there. There were hyper kids and quiet ones, African American, Mexican, and Caucasian. The group was incredibly diverse, but they all were clearly there for one thing, they wanted a place to belong. It was obvious from the start that this was a place that many of them knew that they belonged. They played some fun games, they laughed, and then there was a message. The gospel was presented in a clear and engaging way, and every eye was intently fixed on the speaker. It was a form of outreach that I have never had the opportunity of experiencing, but I’m very glad I did.
Young Life is a group that is devoted to reaching students for the gospel within the public school system. They go on to a public school campus, establish relationships, start a club, and begin to meet weekly with students who don’t know Jesus. Young Life does evangelism very well. They are on the campuses daily, and it is such a blessing to have a resource like our new friend Chelsea. Last week, we had lunch with Chelsea asked her about how Valley Christian could get involved with what Young Life is doing in Dublin. Along with Laura and I attending meetings and getting to know students, she asked if we could host a regional Young Life meeting at Valley Christian!!! This meeting is a meeting in which every single Young Life group from the Tri-Valley comes together. We were not going to pass up on the opportunity to have (literally) hundreds of students drive up from their publics schools and meet together on our campus. So we quickly and excitedly said of course. This is the beginning of what will be a long and fruitful kingdom relationship with this incredible organization!