My life has a purpose?

My life has a purpose?

Consider this: if a kid in a juvenile detention facility did not grow up in a Christian home, does not have any Christian friends, and would never step foot in a church, how would he ever hear the name of Jesus?


God is gracious to give Youth For Christ staff and volunteers the opportunity to build Christ-sharing relationships with 11-19 year old kids in detention facilities all around the nation.

These staff and volunteers lead in-facility programs, consisting of things like art classes, choir, clubs, and other activities. These programs create opportunities for relationships to begin with youth inside facilities.

Youth who might otherwise never hear the name of Jesus.

Katelan, a Youth For Christ volunteer, began an art class in her local detention facility. Every time she steps foot in the facility is an opportunity to be an example of the unconditional love Christ has for his children. She invests time and patience as she gets to know the kids through the medium of art.

In three months of Katelan teaching this art class, ten kids have raised their hands proclaiming they want to follow Jesus!

One evening while she was teaching, Katelan talked to the teens about how God has a purpose for each of their lives.

A young man stopped her as she passed by and asked,

“Miss, MY life has a purpose? How do I find out what it is?”

After sharing the Gospel with him, she reminded him to ask God that very same question. In those moments, he was introduced to hope; true hope found only through Christ.


“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” – Romans 10:14

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