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From the Heart of the President

I love the summer season at Youth Haven! The kids are full of energy as they play outdoors, and I am blessed by the sound of their excited voices and laughter.

It’s especially rewarding because I know excitement and laughter are not experienced often by a lot of our kids. So many of them are used to the pain of abuse, neglect, poverty, violence in the home, or other difficulties. What a blessing to partner with you to provide a place where they can have fun and be assured they are loved!

Take these two boys, for example. They are currently being raised by a single dad, who adopted them and heard about us from a foster care worker. They are biological brothers who were separated from each other in the foster care system for over 2 years. Prior to that, they were living in their car, watching their mom use drugs daily. They had to fend for themselves for food and other needs.

We have had the privilege of welcoming these boys to our campus twice, and they’re scheduled to come back again. They receive regular mailings from us, filled with Bible stories, activities, fun challenges, and reminders that God loves them even more than we do. Both of them have developed a love for Jesus and are eager to learn more!

Now more than ever, kids in our nation need us to share biblical truths with them! They need us to provide basic necessities, but that is only part of our responsibility. They need Jesus, and we must be the ones to show Him to them! Youth Haven isn’t funded by state or federal support so we are able to teach the truth of the Bible. Your prayers, financial support, and time spent volunteering make that possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making a difference in their lives!

Your Mission Partner,

Lars Carlson

President & CEO

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