It is a privilege to not only walk with teen moms because of YoungLives, but also to work alongside other incredible areas that are reaching teen moms in their own communities. Over the years we have gotten to see YoungLives grow in Southern California and it is so exciting to know that young families are being loved on and growing in their walks with God because staff, mentors, and volunteers are pouring into them in their own communities. We have loved getting to invite some of the newer areas into our training times, share ideas, and hear their stories. Shannon Fuller the Coordinator from Chino Valley YoungLives writes about her experience below.
“One of the things I love most about YoungLives is that it is not just a group, it’s a family. Just two years ago, I knew I was being led to start this beautiful ministry in the Chino area, but I had no idea what it would actually look like. Myself, along with a few other women, headed out to a Huntington Beach YoungLives club night, a place where it was clear that it was a celebration and a hangout of people who had become friends and walked life together outside of club. We were welcomed like family and overwhelmed by the love that existed in that room. Now, two years later, the YoungLives family has grown even more to include our expanding club out here in Chino. My life is changed daily by the friendships formed in YoungLives— friendships with young moms, with other leaders, with other YoungLives areas, and with donors and those who support through giving of their time and skills. It’s a community and together we do life— the good, the bad, and all of the in between.”