As young marrieds at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Gary and Debi met Chuck Esterbrook who had come to San Luis Obispo from Fresno to start Central Coast YFC, and they were invited to be part of that. In 1978 they decided to come on the full-time staff. They did all kinds of activities with the high school kids and saw many of them come to Christ. In 1984 they were called to go to Germany with MCYM and found that they were just made for that ministry. They did Club Beyond, Leadership Team, ski trips, beach trips, and bike trips. They were in Bavaria for four years and then took the leadership in Frankfurt. After the Russells returned to the states, Gary assumed the leadership of MCYM in Europe. They returned to the states in 1994.


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