It’s fun and exciting to start out in ministry when you’re young, but it’s even better to see the fruit in students’ lives as they get older.
I met Steven when he was in sixth grade when I started teaching him piano lessons. As I got to know him I realized he was not from a Christian family and had never really gone to church. I invited him to join our Campus Life Club when he was in seventh grade. He eagerly joined in and soon became a key member of the group, especially after he decided to make Jesus his Lord and Savior of his life in eighth grade.
Steven was a strong student leader that kids looked up to. I could always count on him to be there and participate, encouraging other kids along the way. He was all in. Steven went on to college, first at Nyack and then SUNY New Paltz for film. He had some ups and downs navigating his faith through Christian and secular college, but he always kept in touch about where he was and how he was doing spiritually.
This past January Steven really blessed our Club by helping chaperone our weekend in Saratoga at YFC’s annual Excel Youth Conference. He quickly connected with the students and had a chance to speak into their lives as those students chose to follow Christ as well. I’m proud to say that Steven just graduated with his bachelor’s degree and has moved back to Greenville. He plans to become a volunteer with me and continue to help share Jesus with kids in the same place he met Jesus—a YFC Campus Life Club. God is good!