Category Archives: Program Updates

Celebrating 2017!

Youth Haven Child
Your gifts provided more than 2,800 scholarships for disadvantaged children to come to Youth Haven free of charge!

Child with Food

Your generous love gifts enabled us to serve approximately 30,000 meals to hungry boys and girls during our weekend, summer, and day camp programs.

Child with Trailbook

Because you gave, 1,220 Youth Haven Trailbooks (customized Bibles) went home with children who may never have owned a Bible before. 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!

Program Highlight

Feeding Hungry Children in Jesus’ Name

Child with Food“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” – Matt. 25:35, 40

This summer, you have the opportunity to give food to the hungry. Your gift to Youth Haven will provide delicious, nutritious food for a boy or girl in need. Children who are used to going to bed hungry can eat their fill of good food because you care. And when those children see that someone cares about their basic needs, their hearts soften when they hear about the love of Jesus.

God has blessed Youth Haven with two wonderful cooks, who are passionate about what they do because of their tremendous love for these kids. Thank you for supporting Matt and Katelyn, and sharing in this important aspect of our ministry!

Summer 2017: Delivered

2015 Pool (130)

This year’s summer camp theme is “Delivered,” and the children are learning about the exciting adventure of the Israelites when God delivered them out of slavery in Egypt. You are making it possible for these kids to discover that God also loves them and has a special plan for them, just like He did for the Israelites!

This summer, your gifts and prayers will help provide disadvantaged boys and girls with…

  • food
  • shelter
  • fun activities that help improve social skills, teamwork, physical health, creativity, and self-confidence
  • clothing and shoes when needed
  • caring mentors and positive role models
  • Biblical teaching and a Youth Haven Trailbook (customized Bible) to take home
  • follow-up materials to remind them of everything they learned and invite them to return

Thank you for caring about children in need!

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!