There are 62,200 middle and high school age young people throughout our territory in Northern Indiana. 62,200 young people who need to know that they are believed in, cared for, and loved. 62,200 young people who need to know that they are not alone. That they have the God of the universe in their corner, and He is wild about them. They also need to know that God's people - the body of Christ - has their back. This crazy group of people will walk with them through areas no one has ever walked before. This group is not scared of the messiness of their story, but we are spurred on to love even more. This is where transformation starts to happen, and we have a generation of people who need to experience transformation.  

As followers of Christ, we are called to love our neighbor. Young people are the most impressionable, vulnerable, and searching neighbors we have. If we don't love them and share with them a more beautiful way to live in the fullness of what God has for them, they will find direction somewhere else. Doing it through relationship is messy and difficult, but really, it's the only way. Young people need us to step into their lives, listen, love, share the love of Christ, and keep showing up over, and over, and over again. 

This is who we are as Youth for Christ. We are a movement of people who are willing to show up for young people who need us. We are seeing lives transformed, dreams birthed, and new hope found in Christ. And because of that, we will keep on showing up. 

Chris Todia
CEO, Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana