This year marks Young Life's 70th anniversary in Bellingham and Whatcom County. We thought it would be fun to read what the founder believed about the mission. In the premier edition (February 1944) of Young Life magazine, Jim Rayburn wrote,
"Young Life Campaign is in the business of presenting the Lord Jesus Christ to the high school gang. We believe that He is the most fascinating Person in the Universe. We believe that He will completely captivate the heart of any young person who knows Him. Jesus Christ is LIFE! The Word of God says so — the testimony of millions that have gone before backs it up. My own heart says so; I hope and pray that yours does, too. Jesus Christ is really attractive! So, we seek to present Him in the most attractive way. Young Life Clubs throughout the nation are 'meetings that young people like."
As we enter our eighth decade of reaching kids, we acknowledge that, while styles and fads of youth culture come and go, kids' needs remain the same. And so does the Gospel which answers their every need. The time-tested methods developed with the mission — going to kids, inviting them into life with Jesus and helping them grow in their faith — will continue to serve us for decades to come. Our mission is growing and our greatest impact has yet to be realized. We look forward to what the Lord will do through Young Life in the next 70 years!
Thanks for your part in this great mission — whether 70 minutes or 70 years, your involvement has eternal significance.