Last month we shared about the very intense struggles of today’s teens. But not every teen is locked in on the wrong side of those stats. Kids like Dion are a sign of hope in this generation.
Dion has a soft, open heart for Christ, and is eager to learn about Him. He’s a very mature sophomore, who easily looks four years older than he is! Let me put it this way, the dude was made for sports. He loves to play basketball and football, play video games, and hang out with friends. Dion has a natural tendency to help others and he quickly puts others before himself. Can you guess where this is all coming from? He is a Christ-follower!
Dion grew up in the church and first heard about Jesus from his grandfather. These days Dion is taking the next step in making a strong, lasting, personal relationship with Christ. And he’s doing it with Campus Life.
Dion heard about Campus Life from a friend who just wanted to get a free bite to eat at Club. Even though he first came only for the pizza, he stayed for something better. Dion shared, “I go to church when I have time, but Campus Life was an easy way to stop and learn about Jesus, and build a better connection with Him.”
At Campus Life, Dion heard testimonies and made connections with leaders who took an interest in him. The relationships were what Dion came back for. “They’re like an older brother. They’re just trying to help me down the right path. I just have to take in what they’re telling me.”
God is using Campus Life to help Dion stay focused on Christ and live in sync with him. Dion’s probably going to play college ball, but ultimately he wants to serve as a nurse, a motivational speaker, and as an activist to produce positive change in the world. Dion wants people to see Christ in him. “I want to do it for Him…He’s setting me up on the right path..He’s giving me that step, I just have to go and take it.”
What a cool kid! He’s excited about the Christ-following example and encouragement of YFC mentors, he’s dreaming about positive contributions he wants to make in his future, and his ultimate goal is for the world to see Christ in him. I want to be like Dion when I grow up, don’t you? Dion is one of many youths whose life and purpose are being shaped by God giving life to his story. Campus Life is one of those significant pieces God is using. You are one of those pieces God is using.
YFC family, right now is the time to enter the world of a teen boldly with the light of Christ. Pray continually, serve courageously, and give generously that this generation would shine bright in the darkness.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven!” Matthew 5:16