Cristen’s Story

I hope I can express to you how important YoungLives North OC is to our community and how it has impacted my own life.  I encourage you to read through the other blog posts and see how this ministry has impacted the lives of these teen parents, other volunteers and supporters.

I believe that a healthy ministry starts with its leaders and their complete dependence on Jesus. I see this in Myrna, Yousef and others who have trusted in the Lord to provide for every need with this ministry.  I am humbled each Club event seeing the Love poured out into the lives of these young families. It starts at the top and flows out through those who serve here, from the essential work of set up and tear down to the beautiful table decorations, delicious food, creative crafts, entertaining skit, enjoyable music, exciting speakers, dedicated mentors, faithful prayer warriors and amazing childcare volunteers.  I know a mouthful, but it takes a community of believers to deliver such Love…

”Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in Love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and Sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

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When I first heard about this ministry I had been praying for a number of years with a close friendabout where God wanted us to be serving. We were both serving in church but felt that we wanted to be a part of something outside the “church walls” sharing the gospel in our own community. The amazing part of this story is that we were attending different churches at the time and yet within the same week we were both approached by different people explaining the ministry. Without each knowing it, we agreed to be involved and then told each other about it.  We were both so excited about this ministry and knew that it was an answer to our prayers, God ordained and in His perfect timing.  This is my third year serving at YoungLives, and my families second year. We love that there are opportunities in this ministry for our whole family to be involved in serving others.

During these last three years I have been so blessed by seeing many of these sweet young moms and dads grow into confident godly men and woman. This ministry not only supports these families with their physical needs, it also speaks to their spiritual need as well.  There are a number of great programs out there that help single parents. But in my opinion, none compare to the truly LIFE changing impact that YoungLives North OC brings.

My desire and prayer is to continue and grow in this ministry for as long as the Lord leads. I am honored to be a part of something so fundamental to our community and culture, truly changing lives in these last days, and thank the Lord for His provision and answered prayer.

May The Lord Bless you,

Cristen Gerum

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