The Perfect Storm.
Many of you likely remember the movie, The Perfect Storm. In the movie, many different atmospheric conditions combined to create a storm of massive strength, size and ferocity. There was a forecast, but many were still unprepared for all that took place. And knowing that this was not a fictional account made the movie that much more intense. Here at Youth-Reach Houston we have encountered our own perfect storm this summer.
Youth-Reach has not seen a catastrophic weather event, other than a very wet Spring and a very dry and hot Summer. What we have seen is several situations combine to put Youth-Reach into a very precarious place financially. The person who has done the graphic work for our newsletter was, without warning, unable to do the work, and we have been scrambling to find a replacement. Then, our printing company has been unable to get our printing completed in a timely manner. In all, we have lost more than a month at a time when we cannot afford any delay in our financial income.
All of this has combined to put us in a dangerous place where bills have piled up
and we are receiving cut-off notices.
What we do here at Youth-Reach is quite a daring adventure. I often describe Youth-Reach as a 30-year experiment to see if God will in fact be faithful. I can attest to that fact; as He has been faithful even when we have doubted and fallen into worry and fear. Youth-Reach is not just a boys home, but it is a community of like-minded Believers who have placed their lives in the care of the Lord, given up jobs and careers, and moved into on-site staff housing to invest their lives into the futures of the boys the Lord entrusts to us. This is not a job where we work, but the ministry where we have been called and the place where we have dedicated our lives.
And we are seeing fruit. Presently we have four boys who have completed their time with us, but have chosen to stay and continue to grown in maturity and in their faith. For some, they were sentenced to come to Youth-Reach, and even after the court mandates are satisfied they have chosen to stay on. These are not choir boys, but young guys who have suffered through damaging home lives and have found peace, health and hope at Youth-Reach Houston.
Yet this is not a cheap undertaking. To operate a full-service, 24-hour a day, 365 day a year residential home for at-risk and delinquent boys is beyond challenging. The state license that allows us to legally care for juveniles is complicated, labor-intensive and often burdensome. To have qualified and passionate men who live with, educate, discipline, work beside, counsel, transport and encourage these kids day in and day out is only possible with a tremendous effort and monumental sacrifice. To do this work fully funded would still be quite a challenge, but to attempt this work with a shortfall of funds is daunting.
So as we enter the time of year when funds traditionally drop, while the costs of this operation continue to pile up, I have decided that I must communicate this need with you. For those who give every month, you are our lifeline. The Lord uses that sacrifice to change lives here. For those who have recently heard of the need we are facing and have responded, I cannot thank you enough. And for those who are reading this now and will consider giving today, all I can say is that we will work to squeeze a dime from every nickel, and we will use your support to pursue the Great Commission in the lives of hurting kids. You can do this immediately by clicking the blue donate button below or sending a check. And please feel free to share this need with those close to you who may catch the vision for the work of Youth-Reach. Thank you for giving, and thank you for praying for this need.
Founder & Executive Director, Youth-Reach, Inc.