A Letter from the President
52 years ago, my grandparents and parents followed God’s call to share His love with children in our society who were not being reached with the Gospel. Leaving everything they had worked for all their lives required a leap of faith, but they were willing to take it, and the mission of Youth Haven began.
As the third generation leader, I can clearly see how God’s amazing hand has been at work over the past 52 years. He has protected, provided for, and blessed Youth Haven through faithful friends like you!
But I also feel an incredible responsibility, because the need is not diminishing; it’s growing. And it will grow even more as the morals in our country continue to decay. We need to teach our children they didn’t just come into existence by chance, but were created for a purpose by a powerful and loving God. We need to tell them about the love of Jesus and the hope they can have when they trust in Him.
This is a critical mission God has called us to! The kids who inspired my grandparents and parents to take that leap of faith and begin Youth Haven were sitting on a street corner on Sunday mornings. They weren’t in church, and probably never would have that opportunity. So many kids today are in that very situation! If we don’t reach out to them, who will?
I’m so grateful for each and every one of you who has felt God calling you to partner with Youth Haven and responded to that call, whether through prayer, volunteer service, financial support, or even serving as part of our mission staff. I believe God has great things in store as we seek to share His love and hope with as many disadvantaged boys and girls as we can!
Your Mission Partner,
Lars Carlson, President & CEO