It Started With Maria

It started with Maria, one of our YoungLives leaders reaching out to us.

She wanted to replicate the flower bouquets the teen moms would typically receive at the May Club Nights in honor of Mother’s Day. How to do that when we weren’t gathering would be hard. She offered to personally put together 20 bouquets along with some really pretty jewelry (donated by friends that have online shops), and a handwritten note. She then reached out and asked if we would be able to gather volunteers to help deliver the special surprises to 20 of the young moms. We were overwhelmed with the sweetness of the offer and thought, could we get others to step in and make some additional bouquets? Well, that idea of 20 bouquets turned into 85+ bouquets and notes gathered and delivered by 25+ volunteers to at least 10 different cities in Orange County! I mean come on!!! How INCREDIBLE are the hearts of these volunteers we get to be involved with?!!! Hearts that move by the love of Jesus. Hearts that desire to be light, bring smiles, and say, “Young mom, we see YOU and we think you are AMAZING!”

During this pandemic, the already challenging circumstances of being a teenage, single mom has elevated to a whole other level. Juggling 24/7 child caring, high school distance-learning, in some cases jobs, and the ever looming economic hardships are just a few reminders of their fragility. Please pray for these brave + strong young women.

We are truly humbled to serve alongside so many selfless people.

~North OC YoungLives Staff

His Little Feet

“I needed clothes and you clothed me…” Matthew 25:36

When the Coronavirus started gaining ground and we knew we weren’t going to be able to have Club Nights with the teen families in the month of April we thought that the plans we had with an organization called His Little Feet were going to have to be set aside to another time. So much for all the shoe sizes we had collected. 
But, then, everything fell into place. His Little Feet wanted to go ahead and get all the NEW NAME-BRAND tennis shoes they’d collected for approximately 60 of the YoungLives teens and little ones into their hands, ummm – I mean, onto their feet. A lot of communication and logistics had to happen (everything is just more complicated with the social distancing) and then, we were able to go pick up the shoes. Once in our possession, they were bagged individually for each family, and since we felt it was about time to get a second round of diapers and baby wipes out to the teen families, we added these logistics into the mix as well! All of it done keeping within the social distancing guidelines. Oh yeah, one more thing, these shoes were already sorted by each recipients name for us AND a special little hand-written note of encouragement tucked into each pair.

Honestly, the people that we get to meet along the way in this ministry continues to blow us away. I mean really…new shoes for each of our teen parents? Who does this???? Thank you His Little Feet – you have really made an impression on us!

~YoungLives Staff