Monthly Archives: April 2017

Congratulations!

Marilyn WordenWe would like to extend our congratulations to Marilyn Worden, who recently retired after serving faithfully at Youth Haven for more than 35 years! Marilyn’s ministry here has impacted the lives of countless children, volunteers, supporters, and all who were privileged to serve alongside her. Her commitment to excellence and attention to detail have kept things running smoothly and efficiently in our Constituent Services department, processing gifts and making sure each person knows how much we appreciate their support. It can truly be said of Marilyn that she lives the words of Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” We will certainly miss having her in the office every day, but we know God will continue to use her and her husband Skeets in the days to come! Please join us in congratulating Marilyn on her retirement and praying for God’s blessings on her life as she makes this transition.

Program Update: Spring 2017

Proposed Activity Area

Proposed New Activity Area at our Arizona Campus!
We need your help to bring an exciting new activity area to our Arizona campus! The proposed outdoor space will include a colorful, state-of-the-art playground, basketball court, and octoball pit – all covered by canopies to protect the children from the intense Arizona sun! (Pictured above is the design proposed to us by Miracle Recreation.) This improvement will help keep the children active and engaged in a shaded outdoor environment. But we need your help to make it happen! Sun shades are a necessary but costly addition to the expense of the equipment, installation, soft ground cover for the playground, and concrete for the basketball court. We estimate the complete project will cost approximately $150,000. Please prayerfully consider giving a special gift toward this project. Let’s show these precious boys and girls they are worth it!

New Children’s Bibles!
Every child who attends our programs receives a customized Bible to take home, called the Youth Haven “Trailbook.” We are updating our Trailbooks to contain both the Old and New Testaments, a fully customized cover, and eight full-color pages on the inside, designed to teach the children how to use the Bible and apply its truth to their lives. We’re praising God for providing nearly 90% of the funds needed to place our first order of 3,000 Bibles, at a cost of approximately $8 per Bible. Thank you to everyone who has already given toward this project! If you would like to help provide the remaining funds, your gift could have an eternal impact on the life of a disadvantaged child!

Volunteer Corner: Spring 2017

Volunteers

Volunteer Work Day at the Michigan Campus, Saturday, May 20th
Are you looking for a spring project that will positively impact your community? We invite you to spend the day with us on Saturday, May 20th, helping prepare our Michigan grounds and facilities for the busy summer camp season! It’s a great opportunity to serve disadvantaged boys and girls locally by maintaining a safe, fun environment for them. A delicious lunch will be provided. For more details or to sign up, please contact Kristen at (517) 569-3328 or kristenh@youthhaven.org. Invite your youth group, small group, or family!

Arizona Volunteer Projects
Winter is a great time for volunteer projects at the Arizona campus! Over the past few months, volunteers have given hundreds of hours of service, accomplishing such tasks as painting, repairing termite damage at our Children’s Chapel, remodeling the Petting Barn, and installing new vinyl covers on the chairs in our dining hall. Volunteers are also busy constructing a new bouldering wall that will be a safe, fun adventure for the children. We are incredibly grateful for our many volunteer couples who regularly give of their time and talents to keep our campus running smoothly for the children!

Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteers make our ministry possible and impact the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children each year. Visit www.youthhaven.org/volunteer to learn more about our volunteer opportunities!

No Longer Abandoned

Abandoned Child

How Your Partnership Helped Change a Hurting Child’s Life

Jacob* didn’t have a lot of stability in his life when he first came to us, and he desperately needed someone to show him the love of Christ. Fortunately, his aunt cared enough to reach out to us for help. Here is her request:

Jacob was born to a mother who turned 15 the day before he was born… When Jacob was 14 months old his mother gave birth to his sister. Having 2 children at 16 proved to be overwhelming and his mother slipped into substances to help her cope. Jacob at that point started living with his dad (my brother) full time and Jacob’s sister started staying with me and my mother.

During the time that Jacob started living with his dad he became close to the woman that my brother was in a relationship with. That relationship failed and that new mother figure was gone. A few years pass and Jacob’s dad gets married and Jacob once again has a new “mommy.” That marriage has ended and once again Jacob is left without a “mother.”

Jacob’s biological mother is still out of the picture as she cannot be consistent and she is still battling addiction and trying to care for her 3rd and 4th children.

Jacob has been, for lack of a better word, abandoned by every female in his life that he considered a mommy and that he loved and counted on for protection and love… I think it is important that he is in a place that will help guide him to put his faith in God and learn that He is with us always and He will never abandon us. Jacob deserves to have a little calm and peace in his life and I think that this will probably be the only opportunity he will have for that.

Because of the generosity of ministry partners like you, we were able to provide a scholarship for Jacob to attend our programs free of charge. He accepted Christ as his Savior at Youth Haven and received his own Bible to take home. And Jacob has returned multiple times, allowing us to become a stable source of love and encouragement as we repeatedly share the love of Christ with him.

Thank you for helping this child learn that God loves him deeply and will never abandon him. Your partnership with us in ministry changes lives!

*Name changed for confidentiality.

Youth Haven Children

Your Support Changed Her Life!

One Child’s Story of Hope and Love

You gave the hope and love of Jesus Christ to a broken little girl.

Like many of the children who come to Youth Haven, Stacey* knows the pain of being removed from her home due to neglect and abuse. She has experienced the hurt of rejection by relatives who took her in, only to decide they didn’t want to care for her because of her emotional needs.

Stacey even found herself living in a shelter on two separate occasions, when foster parents requested her removal from their home.

That’s when a colleague of Stacey’s case worker heard about her devastating situation and became a licensed foster parent so she could welcome Stacey into her home. She adopted her a year later.

But although Stacey has finally found a loving home, this sweet child still has deeply rooted hurts and memories that affect her behavior. So her adoptive mother reached out to Youth Haven with a request for help.

Of course, we were thrilled to have Stacey attend her first weekend at Youth Haven! She has returned regularly since that first visit, and received consistent, unconditional love and acceptance. Our staff have both encouraged and modeled positive behavior. And although we can’t erase her past, we can help her form new memories of fun times in a safe environment where she feels valued.

Most importantly, Stacey learned that God loves her and will never abandon or reject her. She accepted Christ as her Savior during her week of summer camp with us.

Because you cared, Stacey found the only hope that can truly make a lasting difference: the hope of Christ. She was only able to come to Youth Haven because our programs were available to her free of charge. Your support changed her life.

Thank you for making a difference in this little girl’s life, and in the lives of so many others who are struggling to overcome difficulties. With your continued help, disadvantaged children can know God loves them, and there is hope for the future!

*Name changed for confidentiality.

Children Playing at Youth Haven