Friday, June 22, 2012

1st Young Life Paint War

I hate heaps of photos posted at once but I just loved these and want you to see how fun us American youth can be with some paint and whiteness.

For those who don't know, which is probably most people, I lived in an apartment with several Young Life leaders and have become rather involved in Young Life without actually being involved in the program itself. I sure as hell wish I'd known about YL when I was in high school- it's a global thing so I'd recommend you check it out to see if it's in your area. I've seen the devotion and love the leaders have for their kids and to YL. Here's what it is:

"Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world."

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