Why Youth for Christ?

Posted on by Becky Baerwald

That is a question that I have encountered a lot in the past few months, as I have begun support raising to reach students through City Life in the Grant High School area.  So let me tell you why.

I have been involved in leading church ministries, youth group activities, and church-school partnerships in different capacities over the last eight years. Since moving to Portland over six years ago to attend Multnomah University, I have grown in my love for serving Jesus and proclaiming the Gospel through words and deeds to my neighbors. 

That is what I love about YFC, the commitment to the mission of reaching "young people everywhere working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement." 

Those commitments resonate with the joy, passion, and gifts that the Holy Spirit has put inside me. I love seeing when the body of Christ is edified and challenged to grow in unity, when lost and hurting people find hope and begin healing in relationship to God and others, and to see the youth of today turn their hearts and lives towards Jesus! 

It is my hope and prayer that God will use the City Life movement in North Central Portland to reach non-Christian students with the Gospel through relationships, networks with churches, and community partners, to be resources of holistic ministry to student’s physical and spiritual needs. And to raise up student leaders who are passionate about following and sharing Christ with their neighbors, friends, and family. I thank you in advance for your prayers and support. I also thank God in advance for the lives that will be touched and changed for eternity!

- Andrew Kruse

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