Monthly Archives: August 2017

Special Giving Opportunities

Arizona Air Conditioner

Our facilities are important ministry tools, and you can help meet these needs!

After many years of use, the air conditioner in our Arizona Dining Hall broke down and needed to be replaced quickly. If you would like to help us recover that $7,000 expense, we’d be grateful!

Another need in Arizona is a shaded outdoor activity space with sun shades to shelter the children from the intense Arizona sun. This project will cost an estimated $140,000. Your investment will help provide a safe and fun outdoor play space, with a new playground, basketball court, and gaga pit.

We’re excited to purchase portable planetariums at both campuses to teach Biblical Creation in a way the children are sure to remember! A projection system will bring the domed ceiling to life with an engaging display of God’s awesome universe. Each set costs $30,000, and we’ve received grants for about half the total amount. Your gift will help disadvantaged kids learn about Creation!

To learn more about any of these projects, please call us at 517-569-3328 or 520-466-3093.

If you feel led to give toward one of these projects, please click here to donate.

Thank you!

The New Trailbooks are Here!

Child Reading Trailbook

Every child who comes to Youth Haven now receives a complete Bible to take home! We call our Bible the Youth Haven “Trailbook” – God’s guide to help us find our way through the world we live in. It has a custom cover and eight full-color pages designed by our staff to help the children understand how to use their Bibles. We have provided New Testament Trailbooks for many years, but with the full Bible we can now point the children to many wonderful Old Testament stories of God’s power, love, and faithfulness. In fact, we’ve already received a note from a child that said, “I love the new Trailbook because it has so much more information about God.”

We centered our fall theme – “Dig It” – around our new Trailbooks, and the children will become Trailbook archaeologists! They’ll dig in to some great Bible stories, from Creation to Jesus’ death and resurrection. They’ll also dig around to understand more about how their Trailbooks are put together, and how they can memorize verses to keep God’s Word in their hearts.

Thank you to everyone who gave toward our Bible project to make this possible!

Filling the Void

Your Gifts Help Hurting Kids Discover the Love of a Heavenly Father

Little Boy In Deep Thought

On the surface, Jackson* is a happy eight-year-old boy who will charm you with his smile.

But if you get to know him, you’ll realize how much hurt and confusion hide behind that smile.

Jackson has a brother who is one year older than he is, but has a different father. He also has two younger sisters who have yet another father. And while his siblings’ fathers are involved in their lives, Jackson has never met his dad. In fact, he has only ever spoken to him once, over the phone. His mom tells us Jackson “has 10 other siblings from his real father he may never see.”

You can imagine why he shows sadness when he sees his siblings interacting with their dads. He doesn’t know what it’s like to have a relationship with a father. But that’s what he longs for.

In her request for a camp scholarship for Jackson, his mom wrote, “I think Youth Haven could help fill that void… I’m hoping you can help my son through this life’s situation.”

At Youth Haven, Jackson is surrounded by caring adults who invest in him and show him he is worth their time. More importantly, every time he comes he has an opportunity to learn more about the only one who can fill that void in his life: his Heavenly Father who loves him and promises never to leave him. Our hope is that as we continue to pour into him, he will rest in that love and it will shape the adult he becomes.

Your gifts are an investment in the lives and futures of kids who need to know they are loved. Your support enables these children to see there is a better way to live, and with God’s help, they can rise above their circumstances. Thank you for making a difference and helping them discover the love of their Heavenly Father!

*Name changed for confidentiality.

Happy Youth Haven Children