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Invite others to attend a See the Storyevent.

Attend YFC's annual "Be the Story" luncheon in May.

Host a "See the Story" event at your church, your club or your service group.

Table Captain - Host a table of 10 at the “Be The Story” lunch.

Serve on “See the Story Team ”- Set-up, administration, follow-up, data entry, etc.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Bridgebuilder Pen Pal coordinator - Coordinate letter writing to youth in long-term detention or corrections.

 

WORK DIRECTLY WITH YOUTH

Chaplain - Talk with youth detained in a facilty.

Driver - Take kids to and from weekly Youth for Christ bible studies.

Teach a Bible Study at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.

Bridgebuilder Aftercare Mentor - Meet weekly with released youth.

Bridgebuilder Re-Entry - Mentor and assist a young adult released from adult corrections.

 

For more information contact our office at 614-848-4870.

 

Volunteer Focus: Don Sleeper     

Don Sleeper has been a volunteer chaplain at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center since 2016. 

 

How did you first learn about YFC?

After retiring in 2016, my wife and I moved from Wisconsin to Westerville and began attending Grace Polaris Church. My pastor, Dustin Speaks, told me about an opportunity to minister at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).  He knew Mike Taylor, the chaplain at JDC, and gave me his contact information. It was during my first conversation with Mike that I learned that this ministry was being performed under the auspices of Central Ohio Youth for Christ.

 

Why do you choose to volunteer for JJM?

By God's grace I became a Christian in 1987 when I was 37 years old. After moving here I served with Dustin Speaks in a different outreach, and after we finished he put me in touch with JJM and YFC. And the rest is history, or should I say “His story”. There is no other way to explain how I began to volunteer with JJM.

I continue to volunteer because:

(a) My first day I met another volunteer and he just happened to be a member at Grace Polaris and had been involved with JJM for several years. For around two years now we meet on Tuesday and travel together to JDC. We have become good friends and co-laborers.

(b) We are called to “go and make disciples,” and this is a very underserved population. It is a privilege to be able present the gospel to these young people.

(c) To be incarcerated in the JDC the young people must have committed a felony. Their family situations and life circumstances are usually stacked woefully against them. The devastation caused by the access to and distribution of drugs is immense. Who else can change their lives but Jesus?

 

What do you like about volunteering?

(1) Having a primary focus of presenting the gospel and seeing the Holy Spirit work in a person's life to bring them to faith.

(2) Spending time one-on-one with the teens and introducing them to the Bible.

(3) Forming at least some type of relationship with those who are incarcerated for multiple months.

(4) Becoming acquainted with many of the staff at JDC and coming to the realization that God has placed many of His people in that role.

(5) Laboring in the fields with the other dedicated volunteers from YFC.

 

How has this experience impacted you?

It has humbled me and made me acutely aware of God's overwhelming grace in so many aspects of my life. It has been the most rewarding ministry I have ever participated in. I pray the Lord will allow me the privilege of continuing in this ministry. 




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