A Story Worth Remembering

by Doug Rehberg


A couple came to see me recently with a question about giving. They asked, “What should we do if we aren’t sure that all the money we give to a ministry will be spent wisely and prudently?” It’s a good question. In fact, it begs a larger question – “What’s my responsibility to ensure that my tithes and offerings are spent wisely?”

As soon as they asked it, it prompted a story. Stories stick in our minds like glue, and they resurface again and again over time. In fact, according to several leading researchers of our day, 80% of the world’s people – including 70% of Americans – are story-centric learners. That is, they learn and are most influenced by stories, rather than through reading and writing. I know I am. Maybe you are too. It’s the stories you remember. It’s the stories that stick with you. It’s the stories that connect us to reality. And that’s why 70% of all Scripture is in story form. Just think of Jesus! When God became a man He was the Master Storyteller.

The sad fact is, according to those same researchers, 90% of all Christian leaders communicate the truth of God’s Word through a recantation of facts, theoretical concepts, and exhortations.

Someone has said that the success of a sermon is in the pictures you leave in the minds of the listeners. “They’ll forget your words, but will remember the stories.” To communicate successfully, the story must be at the center of what is communicated. It’s stories that intersect with the listener’s own experience that make a lasting imprint on their minds and hearts.

So, back to the question about giving. I told them a story about my father and me in 1962. You may have heard it.

It was 1962 and we were at a tent meeting outside Pensacola, Florida. At the beginning of the meeting evangelist Leroy Jenkins came out through the curtain and announced that God just told him that there were ten men in that tent who would give $100 to his ministry. He said he wouldn’t start preaching until they identified themselves. At my urging, my father was the third one to give a hundred dollars. On the way back to my grandmother’s house that night I asked my dad if he would pray with me to receive Jesus, because God had used Mr. Jenkins to stir my young heart.

Twelve years later I was at home from college when I picked up the Virginian Pilot newspaper and read that evangelist Leroy Jenkins was arrested on embezzlement charges. Half laughing and half stoic, I took the paper to my father and said, “I’m sorry Dad. It seems like you gave your money to a crook.” My Dad skimmed the article, looked me in the eye and said, “Doug, I didn’t give that money to Leroy Jenkins. I gave it to Jesus.”

It’s been 45 years since that late afternoon in Virginia and 57 years since that night in Pensacola. And, yet, I remember both stories, and what they taught me, as if it were yesterday.

Everything we give, we give to Jesus. Our privilege is to give to Him a mere fraction of what He’s given to us. As for Leroy Jenkins, was he a crook in 1962 or did he make a serious mistake sometime later? Who knows? The answer to that question has nothing to do with my responsibility to give to Jesus out of a joyful, grateful heart. Besides, I bet my father would have paid far more than $100 for the chance to kneel beside his son’s bed and lead him all the way to Jesus.


On Trials and Temptations

by Henry Knapp


Why does God allow us to suffer trials? Why do we suffer temptation?

The Book of James begins with the instruction to “consider it all joy when you face trials and temptations…” Really now? All joy? Perhaps that would be easier if we understood suffering better.

Why does God allow suffering? Surely, it is one of the most frequently repeated questions throughout the centuries, asked by many strong believers who experience something dreadful and by non-believers who are either avoiding the Gospel or seriously concerned about the validity of Christian claims to an all-loving, all-powerful God.

Is there one, simple all-encompassing answer? If so, then that answer is “sin.” But to many, that is unsatisfactory, and the Bible does a much better job in showing us that, because of sin, there are many different reasons why a person suffers in this world.

Here is a sample:

(1) The natural effects of living in a sinful world – the world has been distorted by sin and bad things happen. Period. If you live in Rome, prepare to do things the Roman way. If you live in this world, sinful things will happen. (Abraham’s travels)
(2) Attack by evil powers. They are real. They are here, and they do real damage. While not everything bad has a demonic cause, some things surely do. (Job)
(3) Sinned against by others. Lets face it, bad things happen because people do bad things. One of the reasons we suffer is because we are sinful people who act sinfully against others. (see Christ’s death,    1 Peter)
(4) Consequences of unwise choices. Whose fault is my suffering if I decide to ram my head against a stone wall? I suspect we could eliminate a lot of suffering in this world if we could only get rid of all the unwise people… (Proverbs)
(5) Divine discipline. Training for anything worthwhile is difficult. No pain, no gain, as all those sadistic athletic people say. Well, spiritually, no pain, no gain. Frequently, our suffering is intended to serve as an educational tool to bring us to godliness. (Hebrews, Proverbs)
(6) Divine Punishment. Yes, the Bible says so, and I believe it. Sometimes we suffer for no other reason than God is punishing us for our sin. Punishment, both for justice’s sake, and to lead us to repentance and mercy from God. (Judges, Gehazi, Ananias/Sapphria, Herod)

There is no easy answer for someone when they are suffering. I would never presume to tell someone that they are suffering for any specific one of the reasons listed above (such a presumption would be rather arrogant, in my opinion), but rather suggest they seek God’s comfort and wisdom.

And James does reassure us—suffering produces perseverance, and the one who perseveres is blessed by God.    


Does Our Worship Honor God?

by Barrett Hendrickson


The Lord was very specific to Israel on how He is to be worshiped. Many of us are studying the Ten Commandments this fall and recognize the first four commandments relate to the worship of God. God gives specific instruction in the building of the Tabernacle (Exodus 24-31). He describes the building of furniture that facilitates worship that pleases Him. Moreover, Leviticus and Deuteronomy prescribe appropriate acts of worship. While much of the symbolism has been fulfilled in the work of Christ, the Lord still cares deeply how He is worshiped.
God has a chosen people. In the Old Testament it was Israel: descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There were exceptions (i.e. Ruth, Rehab, who subsequently were mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy of Christ); but they were required to take on the identity of Israel (Exodus 12:48-49).
As Israel was entering Canaan, the Lord said: “When my angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces. You shall serve the Lord your God” (Exodus 23:23-25). This was the Lord’s instruction because He knows the hearts of man.
But Israel did not obey. We see the results of their disobedience in the Book of Judges. “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you’” (Judges 2:1-3).
The Lord warned His chosen people to drive out the inhabitants of the land, yet they allowed them to remain. The result was what is called syncretism, a meshing of the proper worship of the true God with the idolatrous worship of foreigners. Syncretism is still with us today. Our corrupt hearts often want to add our own preferences to the Scriptures, the Gospel, and the finished work of Christ.
Through the finished work of Christ, God’s chosen people are His church. The Church of Christ surpasses any national borders and is open to all who put their faith in Christ.
Hebron is proudly evangelical, which in the strictest sense means that we believe that the good news of Jesus' incarnation, death, resurrection, and incarnation as given to us in scripture calls us to obedience, repentance and faith. However, today the word “evangelical” is strongly associated with a political movement. To the common man on the street, evangelical means, one who hates abortion, homosexuality, socialism, loves guns, and is proudly “right wing”. While we do believe Scripture addresses many of these moral issues, they have very little to do with the Gospel and true evangelicalism.
Is our worship honoring to God? Why do our places of worship look the way they do? Do all aspects of our worship have a biblical basis or are there pieces that have been syncretized from the surrounding culture? Is our evangelicalism solidly rooted in the Scripture?
As we design our worship services and our places of worship, we must seek to align ourselves with Scripture. At the very least, we must not include elements that are forbidden in Scripture. I encourage you to arrive early to worship and look at the elements of worship in the service order, along with the tools of worship in the sanctuary (e.g. the communion table, the cross, the lighting, etc.), and consider how they align with Scripture. Ask yourself, “How do all these things point me in the direction of Jesus Christ and His finished work?”



Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard


Psalm 9:1 says:
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”

The Holidays can be crazy busy. While they are meant to be a time of thanksgiving and praise to God for His many blessings; the reality is that the holidays are often very stressful.  And frequently, we can’t wait until we go back to our normal 9-5!

This Thanksgiving, make sure you block off a few hours or even one whole day to enjoy family traditions or make new ones!

November 1, place a pumpkin in the middle of your dinner table.  Keep a sharpie close by.  Throughout the month, encourage your family members to write the things they are most thankful for on the pumpkin.  If your kidz are too young to write, ask them what they are most thankful for and write it for them!  Pray together and thank God for His many blessings.

Together, get your Bibles and “look through the Scriptures” for verses that help you to thank and praise God.  Write the verse on a piece of paper and put them in a jar. During 2020, pull a Scripture out daily/weekly as a reminder to give thanks to God!

We’d love to see your pumpkin and the thanksgiving Scriptures that you find!  Share them with us – ellend@hebrononline.org.

We are praying for and praising God for your family today!

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Thank you for praying for our 4th/5th Graders while on their retreat at Pine Springs Camp. We talked about forgiveness.  Good conversation happened in our small groups - as kidz talked about and processed what it means to be forgiven and why we need to be forgiven.  In addition, we had a ton of fun playing games like chicken wars, climbing the rock wall, archery, and ziplining. 






Being Intentional: Looking Ahead in Women's Ministry

by Jen Balkey


We kicked off our Women’s Ministry year with an overnight retreat on October 4th & 5th. During our time away we were fed from Scripture, renewed through rest and fellowship, and were able to spend time in God’s Word, as well as in response to Him for all that He is doing in our lives. Praise God for His provision and thank you to the many who were a part of making it a blessing to all.

Several times during our 24 hours away we spent time reflecting on: the teachings of the speaker, our time spent in the Word, and processing together about how God is working in our lives. This time we called ‘Tables For 6’. Think 2, 4, 6:  2 hours, 4 conversation starters, and 6 women.  While we did not sit together for 2 hours each time - I’m confident that more time spent together would have allowed for even richer conversation and depth of relationships around the table.

Women’s Ministry would like to encourage women to engage, be intentional, and initiate conversations about how we are reading God’s Word and how it is working in our lives. Women enjoy being in community - we were designed that way. We also see the reminder in Scripture repeatedly that we need more than just food to LIVE.

“Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, 
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  Matthew 4:4

Tables For 6 is where we are suggesting you gather for 2 hours (over a snack, coffee, or simple meal) where your group is provided with a devotional or context for discussing 4 conversation starters as a group of 6 women. This can be a group of long-time friends, new acquaintances, a regularly scheduled consistent group, or when you can fit it in with whomever is available. You can meet in a restaurant, coffee shop, park, someone’s home, or a comfy corner at the church. This is meant to be simple. Don’t overthink it!

Are you willing to encourage other women by gathering and talking about your faith? We are all part of one body with many parts. Let’s strengthen our body by meeting together and spurring one another on. I would love to hear what God is doing in the midst of these gatherings. Were you encouraged? Strengthened?

Gather together. As easy as 2, 4, 6. Let me know if you want to join or host a Table!! Can we get a ‘Table For 6’ please?

There are more upcoming events for Women’s Ministry as well. Mark your calendar for:

· 3rd Saturday Prayer Gatherings: 9-10am on   November 16th and December 21st
· Heart Breakfast: Saturday, February 8th
· Spring Gathering: Monday, May 4th
· Summer Sensation: Wednesday, July 15th


November Gather to Help Our Neighbors

by Rick Bender


This November, Hebron Church will conduct a Gather opportunity to benefit our mission partner, The Blessing Board (TBB), a local volunteer and faith-based organization. We will be gathering new and gently used household items that TBB is in dire need of to serve approximately 120 families each month.
Most folks here at Hebron are familiar with the work TBB does. They receive donated furniture and home goods and, in turn, give them away to people in the area who are in need – fire victims, unemployed, women leaving abusive relationships, recovering addicts, released prisoners or the poor. Their stories are heard by loving volunteers who share the love of Christ with them.
Here is the story of just one woman who was served by TBB:
On a warm summer evening, a young woman left her apartment and headed to a friend’s home to meet others for an enjoyable evening out. The group planned to dine at a local restaurant and then dance, laugh and dance some more. As she excitedly arrived at her friend’s house, a car rolled up to the curb and the horn sounded. Smiling, thinking this was someone from the group, she bounded to the car. As she approached the car, the window rolled down and the occupants opened fire on her. Suffering life-threatening wounds, she was rushed to the hospital fighting for her life.

We met this young lady at TBB almost a year later when she arrived in Oakmont for a Day of Blessing. Still suffering from her ordeal, she walked with a cane, but sported a smile on her face. The past year had left her homeless and penniless: this day, she hoped for a new beginning. She had acquired a new apartment to move into, but had nothing to create a home. She arrived at The Blessing Board at 10:45 am and left at 11:45 am with a couch to sit on, a table to eat at, a bed to sleep on and more than that. She left with the message that she is loved.

You will be helping others like this woman and the young mother pictured above by gathering the following items:
v Pots & pans, dishes, silverware, kitchen utensils, glassware
v Small appliances (toasters, crockpots, blenders, etc.), lamps
v Sheets, blankets, pillows, throws, comforters, towels

The furniture showroom at the Oakmont location

All items can be brought to the church on November 3, 10, and 17 and placed in the designated area up the first flight of steps in the Tower entrance.
If you are interested in helping TBB in other ways - you can pray, donate, or volunteer. Check out the website at theblessingboard.org for more information. And be sure to check out the Mobilization bulletin board this month in the second-floor hallway for information about TBB and the Gather.
What a great way to serve our Lord and Savior during this upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season by directly helping those who are not as fortunate as we are.


Hebron to Help Feed the Homeless

by Jim Alm


LIVING Ministry, founded in 2002, serving the homeless and needy of Pittsburgh, will be merging with The Pittsburgh Project, a Northside Christian organization. This union will allow more people to receive the special care they need.


Hebron will serve the homeless alongside LIVING Ministry this coming winter by providing hot meals. As LIVING Ministry is presently in a state of transition, with plans to be fully merged with The Pittsburgh Project in January 2020, the space to provide the meals is not yet determined. We are awaiting the dates and location for providing one meal a month throughout the winter from Charles Chapman, Executive Director of LIVING Ministry. 

If you would like to be involved by either helping to prepare or serve the meals, please contact me at 412-298-1589 or almjch@aol.com. I will then contact you with the dates of meal provision when we get Hebron's schedule from Charles.

In the meantime, there is a way to be involved with the homeless of Pittsburgh through working with LIVING Ministry. Saturday, November 16th, is their Street Outreach from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is an amazing opportunity for fellowship with people that live under bridges and in outdoor camps around the city. For more information or to sign-up, contact me.

Please pray for our partnership with LIVING Ministry and The Pittsburgh Project. Both are amazing organizations that Hebron has worked with for many years. God's hand is definitely at work in bringing these two ministries together to serve the Pittsburgh area in mighty ways.



On Loving God


by Henry Knapp

So there I am, sitting with a bunch of other pastors, doing what pastors do… you know, pastor-things. We are talking about God’s knowledge of the future—what does He know and when does He know it? 

Well, we’re talking the philosopher, Boethius, middle-knowledge, prescience and omniscience, Francisco Suรกrez and Molinism, counterfactuals in all possible worlds, actualized and possible future contingencies; and pretty soon, I realize that I’m the only one talking because everyone else is asleep (happens all too often when I get going, sigh).

Well, when everyone woke up, one of the other pastors challenged me with – “Why do you like all this stuff? How will this ever help you in your ministry? God is God and that’s enough for me.”

Now, my understanding of God’s hold on the future informs nearly every counseling meeting I have; every time I seek to show God’s comfort or assure someone of His love or offer guidance and direction in their life, at every stage, it is my unwavering confidence in the sovereign power and authority of God which enables me to speak at all.

It is because Boethius has a point, and because middle-knowledge is an inadequate approach to God’s foreknowledge, and because God has total prescience, and because of the challenges brought by Suarez and Molinia, and because God does know all counterfactuals both in this world and in all possible worlds, that I can firmly promise to all who will listen and believe that we can have complete confidence in the eternal grace and mercy of a loving God who will never, NEVER abandon us to hardship, suffering, or evil.

But, as I sat there, I thought, “No”. The real reason I’m hooked on all this stuff, is that I love God! I LOVE HIM, and I will never be satisfied to know just a little about Him. I want to know everything I can about Him, the easy stuff and the hard stuff! My love for Him drives me onward to know Him all the more.

To love someone is to be completely taken with them; to want to draw ever closer to them; to adore, to have a deep affection, to desire intimacy, to yearn for them. Obsession is probably not the correct word, but you get the point. Love for God drives us the same way—it is an overwhelming desire to come into His presence; and I love God. He engulfs me. He excites me. “God is God, and that’s enough for me?” No way. That’s not enough for me. My love drives me to know Him more, to keep seeking Him, to explore the depths of His riches. You who are in love, let’s dig deeper together.


Hebron Community Center


By Doug Rehberg

Nearly two years ago Hebron launched the “Say Yes” commitment. “Say Yes” was the fruition of months of leadership prayer and work in seeking to set before the congregation a vision for ministry that would take us beyond all that had already been accomplished. Included in “Say Yes” was the restructuring of Hebron’s Session into ministry teams, the hiring of a co-pastor, the renovation of the Barclay Building, and the support of new local ministry initiatives.

At the time it was this last vision objective, support of new local ministry initiatives, that was the most difficult to describe in any meaningful detail; because we were not certain what opportunities the Lord might bring our way. All we knew was that, in the previous seven years, the Lord had enabled us to launch The Blessing Board, Lost and Found Pharmacy, and substantially enhance the ministry of PitCare through a sizable financial gift. With pressing social and spiritual needs all around us, the Session believed that it would be prudent to position Hebron financially to seize any God-given local mission opportunities that might arise beyond its walls through “Say Yes”. Therefore, in addition to setting aside $750,000 for the Barclay Building and $150,000 for the co-pastor, $150,000 of “Say Yes” contributions was earmarked for local ministry initiatives.

In the past year, a major amount of clarity has come our way, enabling us to see where the Lord is leading Hebron in the area of local ministry. Rather than seeking to create another off-site mission, we believe the Lord is directing us to use some of Hebron’s assets in a new and creative way.

In April 2019, the IRS granted approval of a new, independent non-profit entity entitled “Hebron Community Center” (HCC) . Acting under the direction of a board of directors, the HCC will seek to establish a ministry to the community using the Barclay Building. The plan is to hire a part-time Community Outreach Director (with HCC funds) to develop programming that will impact the community with the Gospel in a manner similar to what Allegheny Christian Ministry Alliance Church did in the early 1980s when they began Urban Impact.

We are already in discussion with the leadership of Urban Impact, including our own Andrew Churchill. Andrew has been an essential part of Urban Impact’s ministry to urban youth on Pittsburgh’s North Side since 2009. Whether a partnership with Urban Impact is attainable has yet to be determined; but certainly a close collaboration with Urban Impact is already happening.

With the closure of the Penn Hills YMCA and the closing of a number of Penn Hills elementary schools, the need for well-designed recreation and youth programming in Penn Hills is clear. It is HCC’s intention to work to meet some of these needs through Gospel-centered outreach programming utilizing the renovated Barclay Building while compensating the church for the use of its facilities.

You will be hearing much more about the plans and work of the HCC in the coming months. What is needed most at this point is your prayerful support.


Barclay Building Addition & Renovations


By Roger Glunt

The Barclay addition and renovations commenced on Monday May 20, 2019.  Within the building, a support wall was constructed across the area where the exterior wall will be removed and the stage will be built.  The wall will support the existing roof when the exterior wall is removed before a large steel beam is installed to permanently support the roof. 

On the exterior, the portion of the existing retaining wall was removed.  The excavation then commenced.  Due to the close proximity of the building and the steep embankment, this process was slow and tedious.  The excavated material had to be removed in a mechanical wheel barrow as there was no space for large excavating equipment or trucks behind the Barclay Building.  The contractor encountered rock in the excavation area that required removal by a jackhammer. 

When the excavating was complete, the extensive rebar configuration was then placed in the footer and extended up into the area of the poured concrete foundation walls.  The footer excavation and rebar placement was inspected and approved by the inspector from Penn Hills.

On July 2, the concrete footer was poured.  The concrete foundation walls were formed with metal construction forms and on July 12, the concrete foundation wall was poured. After allowing the foundation concrete to cure, the foundation forms were removed. An exterior french drain, interior waterproofing, and exterior drain pipe were installed before the foundation wall was backfilled with crushed stone. Two trees above the addition at the edge of the cemetery were removed. On August 12, the concrete floor in the addition was poured. On August 26, the interior electrical work commenced. 

The demolition of the exterior wall is scheduled immediately after Labor Day to prepare for the installation of the major structural steel beam near the end of the first week in September. The construction is scheduled to be completed in late November and Hebron should be able to reoccupy the Barclay Building in early January 2020.


Temporary Interior Support Wall
Exterior Excavation
Wall Backfilled with Crushed Stone
Inside Wall and Concrete Floor








Children's Ministry


by Ellen Dillard

Preschoolers are going on a treasure hunt in September!
Mining for gold has been around ever since humans discovered that first glittering speck of rock. But, there’s something that is even better than gold. It’s the Bible! The Bible is better than gold!

We will introduce our preschoolers to the Bible and how valuable it is. The Bible is God’s Word to us; and it tells us all about how very much God loves us. God loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. That’s a very big love. 

Preschoolers will hear the parable Jesus told of the man building his house on the rock. It is just one story Jesus told that teaches us the best way to live our lives. When we build our lives on the Word of God, we are living the way God wants us to.

Elementary Kidz…As we kick off the school year of going through the Bible chronologically, we’re starting with a key question to help kidz realize how the Bible can impact their world. We start off helping kidz understand the importance of the Bible. In Psalm 119:105 we read that God’s Word can guide us in the way we should go.

When we dig into the Bible, we find out about God’s plan to rescue the world through His Son Jesus. We’ll help kidz learn how they can discover more about God as they read the Bible.
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Wellness: Kidz who have shown signs of fever, vomiting, or other contagious illnesses should be symptom- and fever-free for 24 hours before coming to Hebron Kidz.

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                                Kidz Club – Mid-week Connection for K-5th Graders!

It is awesome; and your kidz should totally check it out! We play super fun games, worship God and learn Bible verses that kidz can apply to their lives. It’s an incredible opportunity for kidz to connect with other kidz and leaders!
Dates: September 11-December 4 & January 8-April 1
NEW TIME: 6-7:30  - Cost: FREE!


WHAT DO I DO WHILE MY KIDZ ARE AT KIDZ CLUB?? So glad you asked!!!
We could totally use people just like YOU to partner with us on Wednesday nights! We have the best team of adults and teens who have so much fun together as they hang out with kidz that come through Hebron’s doors! Contact Ellen Dillard @ ellend@hebrononline.org


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We had a great time with families this summer! Thanks to all of you who came out to our Bonfire, Rosedale Beach Club, Kidz Night Out and Keystone!








At Hebron Kidz we seek to “Partner with parents to lead their kidz into an authentic relationship with Jesus.”

Alexander, Julius, Drew and Chance are 4 of the kidz who received Bibles on Bible Presentation Sunday.  




Please continue to pray for these kidz and their parents: 


4-Year-Olds
Tyler Longwill, Simon Sulkosky, Allison McConnell, Dorian Marlowe, Julius Scott, 
Kaiden Murphy, Joshua Gallagher

2nd Graders
Chance Aubele, Mac Martin, Ben Morrow, Vinny Paradise, Max Balkey, Eva Gehring, Tino 
Liscotti, Emmanuel Teshome,Jonah Wissman, Alexander Scott, Drew Tomashewski,
Oscar Salinas, Ava Tristani


Young Lives Camp










Thank you Hebron for sending us to Young Lives Camp in NY August 2-6 to serve young teen moms and their children! It was a glorious experience, one      I am very thankful for. There were 116 moms present (plus their babies/toddlers), over 70 mentors/regional leaders, and around 100 childcare volunteers. All glory to God as He continues to minster His Gospel to these young women and children. – Kelly Knapp

I am thankful God gave me the opportunity to love and care for 25 very active preschoolers along with other caregivers. (This was just one nursery among several.) While we looked after these precious bundles of energy, their moms got to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I personally was surprised and thankful to spend some time with one of the moms and her daughter during free time one afternoon. I asked if I could join them at the lakefront and the mom began opening up to me about her struggles. She even asked me to continue the conversation at the pool while we played with her daughter. I trust that God was at work as I listened and shared about His faithfulness and encouraged her as a single mom. – Ruth Ann Slippy




I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to serve those whom God seeks, from places in His Kingdom I wouldn't have personally reached without Young Live's ministry. It overwhelmed my heart with joy to see teen moms accept the invitation for relationship from Jesus throughout the course of the week and especially at the close of camp during "Say So". It was humbling to feel and see the Lord working in and around me during this trip. Each interaction, whether small or big, with either a child, teen mom, or fellow volunteer childcare worker, gave a glimpse of sin, redemption, or grace at work. – Gab Hershman