Jon* came to YBGR with a philosophy of “the less of Christianity, the better.” Jon had no interest in YoungLife Club, Chapel, or any of the Spiritual Life activities we offer based on his past experiences with religion. As far as he could tell, going to church seemed to have no effect on changing his circumstances. Over the summer, though, Jon began showing up to YoungLife Club on Wednesdays because a peer had convinced him it was fun.
After Summer YoungLife Camp, the questions began: “Who is Jesus?”, “Why does God love us?”, and “Am I going to hell for…?” A spark had been lit. Fast forward to Winter YoungLife Camp, and Jon participated in every aspect, convinced other peers to attend, and prayed every night for his peers, the Ranch, and most importantly, his mother. Jon accepted Jesus into his heart, and while his outside circumstances have not yet changed, there was a peace and acceptance that has begun a change from within.
*For the privacy of the youth served at the Ranch, names have been changed. Image(s) shown here are a representation of those served at the Ranch.