Youth for Tomorrow Special
February 16, 2019
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven”
(Matthew 19:14, NKJV).
Then the King will say, “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me”
(Matthew 25:40, MSG).
Friends, there has been a relentless attack on our families, our youth, and our children. Far too many live with dysfunctional families, drug-infested neighborhoods, criminal environments, and a lack of love and values. Our children shouldn’t have to live without the love of a family and the love of Jesus.
Youth for Tomorrow has been working to change the lives of at-risk children for decades. Their program is truly exceptional. They reach out to children with these issues, and more:
Mental Health Disorders
Pregnant Teens and Teen Mothers
Sexually Abused or Exploited Youth
It is heartbreaking to think of children in such devastating circumstances. But it’s wonderful to know there are men and women of God who are doing something about it.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Gary L. Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Youth for Tomorrow, about the amazing work being done there. This outstanding organization maintains a residential treatment center, counseling center, secondary school, and behavioral health program—all fully accredited and Christ-centered.
I want to share some of what he told me with you:
Pastor Jentezen, 75 to 80 percent of the children at Youth for Tomorrow have never had a father in the home. Ever. It’s not unusual for a grandmother to call us and say, "My son is in prison and my daughter has overdosed. I can’t handle my grandson any more. Will you take him in?" The children we deal with average 15 to 16 years of age. They are usually without parenting. They are three to five years behind the typical grade level for their age. Many of them have problems with alcohol or drugs, and most are unchurched.
So many of the children we work with have "street values.” They only care about themselves. They disrespect law, disrespect friends, and disrespect authority. Our role is to parent and love these children, to love these children, and to show God’s love to these children.
While they’re on our campus, these kids are immersed in the Word. Each week we have devotionals, Bible studies, chapel services, and worship celebrations. Our residence homes are staffed with men and women who center their lives around Jesus. We’re not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at Youth for Tomorrow. We believe change must come from the inside out.
Children who come here are as profane, vulgar, and defiant as you could ever expect. They have been through horrific circumstances. They've made destructive choices. They survived tragedy we can't imagine. But when Jesus penetrates their souls, everything changes.
Pastor, there’s spiritual warfare on the Youth for Tomorrow campus. And it’s won in the throne room of God by people on their knees.
I’m so impressed and excited by what God is doing through Youth for Tomorrow. I believe God is favoring them and blessing their work. Because I also believe in getting behind what God is favoring, we’ve pledged to partner with them to build a new residential home to reach even more children.
When God changes the life of a young person, it changes the generations to come. It changes homes and communities. It actually impacts the world. How incredible is it to be part of changing the world?
Would you join me in prayer for Youth for Tomorrow?
Father, thank you for the mission of Youth for Tomorrow. Thank you for lives being changed and souls being reached for you. Lord, give them wisdom, joy, and patience. Enable them to show Jesus to children who are broken. Bless every child and every worker on their campus. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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account_circle Tova Bernstein
Tova.Benstein - Bless you for providing shelter for these children. I watched your program this morning and was touched in my heart. I can identify and familiar what it is like to be alone. As a Jewish Women I thank and pray to GOD that Christians and Jews are working together. We must help these children. Shalom to you in the name of Yeshua. Amen
account_circle Tova Bernstein
Tova Bernstein - I watched your program concerning the children coming from the boarder. Your words touched my heart. I can relate very well to what these children are going through. I know what life is like without a father in home. Bless you for building homes for Youth for Tomorrow. I also want you to know that as a Jewish Women, I feel Bless when Christians and Jews working together to do GOD's work. My amount is small, but GOD will multiply greatly. May Shalom be with YOU always. In Yeshua's name Amen
account_circle Victor Onemolease
I am touched by what God is doing through this team or ministry . I have earlier commented on my interest in this work . God bless the team.
account_circle Montesa Trapp
This is a much needed ministry,,there are Pastors,Teachers, Engineers among these precious children, ,the enemy wants the little ones to destroy the them ,to mock God So we as the Body of Christ must pray,support this ministry. It is crucial
account_circle Sandra Miller
I pray for there to be a Youth for Tomorrow in every major city, the youth of this country need God so desperately. We all do for that matter but especially our youth.
account_circle Kathleen Crenshaw
My heart aches for these young people; they have suffered so much loss, and many of them are broken, without hope. My own adopted son displays many of the "street values" that are mentioned above. Though my son had a two-parent Christian home for the first 16 years of his life, my husband left us to move in with his girlfriend. They have since moved to Utah. (We live in Georgia.) My son has been angry and/or depressed ever since. When he was 18, he was arrested at a road block on New Year's Eve in a nearby town and charged with possession of marijuana. He had to spend the night in jail, but his father told him to repay the money for the phone call he made to ask for his help. His dad has taunted him about the episode ever since. Now my son uses marijuana almost every day and speaks with terrible, vulgar language. I tell him that the jail episode is not who he is, but I know he has changed and he talks like he's one of the "hood." He is trying to fit in somewhere, but I pray that he will come to himself like the Prodigal Son. My son drives too fast, doesn't go to church, disrespects me, and doesn't want me to talk about God. But our gracious Lord gave me a scripture that I cling to. It's as if this scripture was written just for me and the situation with my son that I am praying about. I think this Word is also for all the Youth for Tomorrow. I will pray this Word for their healing and restoration, too. Isaiah 57:18 AMP “I have seen his [willful] ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him [also] and will restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him, As I create the praise of his lips, Peace, peace, to him who is far away [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near!” Says the Lord; “And I will heal him [making his lips blossom anew with thankful praise].” Praise the Lord! I trust that my son is set free from the enemy's bondage. Blessings to all...
account_circle duane hearn