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Transforming Lives

A Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

Summer 2019 is almost here! Summer camp is only part of the Youth Haven experience. But it’s a powerful part that can absolutely transform their lives!

Summer camp helps kids disengage from their video games and smart phones to connect with God’s amazing creation. It encourages adventure and healthy activity in a safe environment, where they’re encouraged to try new things, learn new skills, and maybe even discover a talent they didn’t know they had. At camp, kids interact with each other, form friendships, and learn to work as a team. And caring adults spend time with them, encourage them, guide them, and help prepare them for the future.

For kids who might not have a lot of support at home, this is especially important. I think that’s what makes Youth Haven unique. We’re focused on meeting the needs of a specific group of children who are facing hardships in their lives. They might be living in low-income homes where their basic physical needs are not being met. They could be dealing with emotional struggles as a result of abuse, neglect, or other childhood trauma. They all need someone to share Biblical truth with them and show them the love of Christ.

As we enter our 51st summer of ministry and welcome these kids to our campus, we want to provide a place where they feel safe and have the most fun they’ve ever experienced. But more importantly, our goal is to teach them God loves them, is always with them, and has a special plan for their lives. Every child who comes to Youth Haven will receive a Bible, the Youth Haven “Trailbook,” to take home. They’ll receive follow-up materials encouraging them to read their Trailbooks and helping them understand what they’re reading. And they’ll be invited to come back to Youth Haven for our weekend retreats in the fall, winter and spring months.

I’m grateful for each one of our financial supporters, prayer partners, and volunteers who make this possible. You’re an important part of our team, and with your help, we’re going to have a great summer. Thank you!

Your Ministry Partner,

Lars Carlson, President & CEO

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