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Presenting Every Youth Complete in Christ! P. O. Box 573024, Houston, TX 77257 * 713-670-9000 * info@hopeforyouth.org * www.hopeforyouth.org

Zipline to the Campfire—Jesus N the Woods 2012

May 2012

Work is Fun!

Thanks to the generosity of the David Weekley Family Foundation, 52 HFY youth went on retreat to Carolina Creek Christian Camp March 23-25. Dedicated volunteers ministered to the youth all weekend—including late nights! The girls discussed our standing in Christ, and our worth as daughters of God. Volunteer and HFY alumni Charde Jones shared an original poem (on our website) with the girls that applied the scriptures to contemporary dating relationships and encouraged the girls to settle for nothing less than a “man of God”. The guys were applying truth, whether on the zipline or taking time to pray to their Savior. Then, under a million stars at the campfire, many of the youth shared their real life stories of struggle and hope— and how God has been their Helper and Comfort.

Service projects have always been part of HFY. The youth not only enjoy them, but they need to serve to mature as people and Christians. A very energetic group of youth and volunteers (including the Veritas class from Houston’s First Baptist) worked at an old church to prepare it for future ministry. They removed bushes and trees, cleaned out a garage, scoured two bathrooms and made the nursery shine!

Jesus N The ‘Hood—“I am a Friend of God”—June 18-22, 2012 We are anticipating up to 200 teenagers to come to JNTH! We gather both current and new youth—and then have week to build relationships with them. Youth will enjoy a rap concert, poetry and more. Of course we’ll give away Bibles and T-shirts! See below for how you can be a part of JNTH. A typical nights schedule includes food, memory verses, a group game, entertainment or speaker, and small group Bible studies (the heart of JNTH). Want to volunteer? (RSVP to wendy@hopeforyouth.org and get more details) May 22, 7 pm- 8 pm: New Volunteer Information Meeting

May 31, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm: JNTH Training Meeting (required for all volunteers)— featuring guest speaker Eric Williams (Executive Director of Stoney Creek urban youth camp) and dinner.

OUR MISSION AND GOALS Hope for Youth builds and maintains long-term Christian mentoring relationships with urban youth to challenge and enable them to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. To reach youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to disciple them in their spiritual growth To prepare youth academically and socially for life beyond their present circumstances To be a positive source of consistency in the traditionally transient lives of the youth we serve

Be Part of “Jesus N The ‘Hood” Pray: For youth to commit to following Jesus For great discussions in the small group Bible studies Volunteer: Pick up youth and lead small groups Serve food and help with registration and games Give: Monetary gifts for Bibles, van gas and T-shirts Donations of food or gift cards Please contact Wendy (wendy@hopeforyouth.org) if you can help in any of these ways!


Thank you HFY Alumni!

Upcoming Events!

Ashly Scott-Jones—with husband Derrick

Mentorship: 2nd and 4th Sundays each month College Prep: Weekly on Tues Evenings May 4: Friday Night Live May 19: The Gathering: Roller Skating June 18-22: Jesus N the ‘Hood July 21: The Gathering: Bowling at HFBC July 28-Aug 4: Kids Across America Camp Aug 18: The Gathering: Pool party

I grew up in a Christian home where we went to Church every Sunday and to Bible Study every Wednesday. I dedicated my life to Christ when I was 16 or 17. I've always followed Him and believed in Him. But I really didn’t know much about Him until I started attending HFY. Hope For Youth impacted my life in a big way. If it wasn’t for HFY I don’t know where I would be today. The volunteers showed me that there are more people out there who care for me besides my family. And they showed me that the only way through life is to believe in myself and in GOD. Since graduating from high school, I have worked for a non-profit organization called The Forge For Families that works with low-income families in the Third Ward area. I am a lead teacher for their After-School Program, working with 4-7 year olds from different schools. I also work for City of Refuge Evangelical Church in the nursery as a Floor Manager on Sundays. I have been married to Derrick Jones for almost a year now! I volunteer at HFY (my big responsibility is driving the HFY van) because I know what the kids are going through--I've been in their shoes. HFY helped me get through it and now I’m going to help this group of kids!

Ellis Scott—pictured at Friday Night Live I trusted Christ as my savior on June 22, 2000 at Good News Church when I was about 12 years old. When I heard about HFY, I started coming for the food—the physical food and the spiritual food! At HFY I met men of God—volunteers—who were living out the gospel. I didn’t even know that people like that existed. They became my role models, and I thank God for them. I’m currently studying accounting at the University of Houston. I am also the Young Adult Ministry Leader at The Church Without Walls, where I have the privilege to preach to the men’s group and lead a Bible study. I volunteer with Hope For Youth because I want to be a role model for young men, like those volunteers were for me when I was a teenager.

Volunteers: We thank our God in all our remembrance of you (Phil. 1:3-5) Nicole

Abner

Elizabeth Deyo

Lupe

Martinez

Ellis

Scott

Mary

Ayala

Jon

Fagala

Pace

McKee

Marlo

Seymour

Javier

Ayala*

Austin

Faught

Lisa

Morrell

Darel

Seymour*

David

Bentz

Kyra

Faught

Chris

Nalepa

Chad

Smith

Bettis

John

Hearn

Don

Nesting

Susanna Thorn

Amy

Cameron Bettis

Tamara Hill

Samuel Pak*

Susan

Carter

Rita

Hord

Jason

Peterson

Thomas Trask

Roshonda Brown

Julius

Jackson

Leah

Peterson

JK

Wakefield

Dennis

Campbell

Tonja

Jackson*

Carlo

Priska

Connie

Walker

Myron

Cooper

Melissa James

Glenda

Ramos

Angelica Waller

Webb

Crunk*

Ashly

Jones

Crystal

Ratliff

Alisa

Williams

Rachel

David*

Charde

Jones

Nathaniel Richards

Atwell

Williams*

Dennis*

Rebekah Lout

Douglas Roberts*

Anais

Wright

Hope

Jorge

*Board Member

Mark

Blackburn

William Dewlen

Manley

Ruiz

Torney

Ministry Financial Update: Hope For Youth’s budget for this fiscal year (i.e. September 2011 to August 2012) is $110,000. So far this year, through April 30, we have received $47,800 in donations leaving us with a need of $62,200 to fund the ministry’s programming.

Please help us bring Hope to Houston’s Youth! Secure online contributions can be made at www.hopeforyouth.org

Hfy newsletter may 2012  
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