A Somber Van Ride


It was a far cry from our typical loud, laughter-filled van rides home.

This night was different and we all felt it.

When we arrived at her apartment, Ashlee made her solemn exit, and the silence loomed over the remaining students. Eventually Blake broke the silence with this unconvincing statement,

“After losing about 15 people in the past 5 years, I’ve stopped caring about anyone dying.”

You see, earlier that day, Ashlee and the rest of the neighborhood found out about another shooting.

The victim was a father of 5 and was also one of Ashlee’s cousins.

She had decided to stay at Youth For Christ’s City Life event that night, but understandably hadn’t spoken to a single person. Every student knew what had happened and respectfully handled the matter, but the most telling event of the evening was Blake’s statement.

Losing 15 people in 5 years seems unthinkable, yet this is Blake’s reality: this is the reality of how closely gun violence touches the daily lives of our students.

This is the reality of trying to numb yourself to the loss of life because it happens too often.

Blake and Ashlee have not yet decided to follow Jesus, but they still choose to come to YFC City Life regularly.

Please join us in praying for the safety and salvation of our beloved students.

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