Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of teenagers in more than 70 countries around the world since 1941. Puerto Peñasco is their first club in all of Mexico. Their staff and leadership are trained in time tested methods of relating with teens and they are backed and equipped by the world class Young Life International.
Young Life offers hope through Christian values, a reality of fun, adventure, games, friendship, and giving kids a sense of significance. Their leaders enter the world of kids and focus on what matters to them. In the coming year, Young Life Peñasco is looking to be able to add Wyldlife Club for middle schoolers, and Young Lives Club to help single moms.
This group doesn’t start with the program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, and to build bridges of actual friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight, they take time, patience, trust, and consistency.
Young Life leaders log many hours with the kids around the world, where they are, and as they are. Leaders faithfully attend school plays, soccer games, mingle with teenagers, and play games at the local playgrounds. They listen to the stories and learn what’s important to the kids because they genuinely care about them and their real feelings and concerns.
“We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. They begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose” says the director. “This is the first step of a lifelong journey. The choices that they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions, chosen careers, marriages formed, and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world”.
But, they need your support. On Saturday, May 3rd, Young Life will be holding a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Mother’s Park, in front of the baseball stadium on Benito Juarez (main blvd.), from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. There will be food, drink, carnival games, entertainment, music, raffles, and a wonderful silent auction. Please show your support and attend this wonderful fiesta and fundraiser.
The funds raised at this event will help 90 Puerto Peñasco teenagers attend summer camp. This camp experience can be a life changer. The week long camp combines the elements of adventure, new settings, and discovery to help kids experience one of the greatest weeks of their lives.
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