Last Sunday, North OC YoungLives was invited to share at three local churches about the amazing work God has been doing in the lives of teen moms and dads. We were so humbled (and very excited) about the invitations! As we head into another school year, it was a fun opportunity to let some of our partner churches know more about the ministry as well as invite new volunteers to join us! After four years of ministry in Huntington Beach, we are excited about launching a second club in Santa Ana in the coming year. We have a big year ahead of us and we can’t wait!
In Huntington Beach, we’ve partnered with both Refuge Calvary Chapel and RockHarbor Huntington Beach. Refuge has been the host site for our club since they opened their doors to us three years ago. At services last weekend, people were moved by a video we showed about YoungLives and the chance to see the impact of this ministry firsthand. Many people came to the table just to give Myrna and Yousef a word of encouragement for the work we’ve been doing. We had nearly 30 people sign up to volunteer in the coming year and many of them were excited to hear that this is a ministry that takes place at Refuge each month. It was really special to meet so many people from the congregation!
At RockHarbor Huntington Beach (RHHB), we had the privilege of showing a video about summer camp and the incredible impact it has had on teen moms and their babies. We have seen dozens of lives transformed through the summer camp experience – teen moms and volunteers alike and we are grateful for the part that ROCKHARBOR has played in making this possible. A core group of our volunteers attend RHHB so it was fun for so many of them to use this opportunity to share more with their friends about YoungLives. We’re looking forward to some new faces from RHHB joining us to volunteer this year.
With the anticipated launch of YoungLives in Santa Ana, we are very excited about partnering with Emmaus Church. We currently have about 15 teen moms and dads attending club in Huntington Beach and we are looking forward to launching a club closer to home for them. This will also allow our Huntington Beach club to continue to grow by immediately freeing up space at our monthly club gatherings. And the Santa Ana teens will be able to invite their friends to a club in their own city!
We are incredibly grateful for our church partners and the countless ways they come alongside us to serve teen moms and dads and their children! This is truly a ministry of partnership as none of us could do it alone. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us in the year ahead. If you have ever considered jumping in to serve somewhere in YoungLives, now is your time! Our Fall Kick-off is TOMORROW (8/29, 8:30a-1:30p) and it’s not too late for you to join us! Email us to let us know you plan to join us!