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"Jesus answered, 'The most important is, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." The second is this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these.'”
Mark 12:29-31
Because of our commitment to planting gospel-centered churches and making disciples, we partner with local ministry workers who are serving and proclaiming the gospel to our neighbors right here in our community. If you're part of Generations, we encourage you to make it a priority to pray for these brothers and sisters who are faithfully laboring to make Christ known!

Tyler Hoitsma

UPPER 90
Gwinnett County, GA

Dear Ministry Partners,

I wanted to share with you a quick story of a WIN for us this season. I am highlighting one of our mentor coaches and his relationship with the kids in the community he serves in. Juan coaches with us and has been for multiple years now. He mainly works with our partner Path United who has an after school program to help kids with their homework. With all that being said, there is a lot of overlap that Juan gets with the kids he also coaches in the same community.


Over the Easter weekend he took the opportunity to watch The Passion of the Christ with a few of the middle schools boys he coaches and serves. I ended watching the same movie over the weekend and was reminded how it put the crucifixion into perspective. We talk about it at every practice but to actually see a portrayal of what happened really makes you think. At UPPER90 we want Christ and the Gospel messaged proclaimed in what we do. I so greatly appreciate Juan taking the time to share this with the few boys that came. Please be praying for them that Christ would even use a movie to soften and change their hearts.



Prayer Requests
  • Kids and families in the communities we serve
  • Summer programs
  • Honduras trips scheduled for the summer

Praises
  • God continues to use UPPER90 to serve the community and open up doors to grow.



Dear Ministry Partners,

We are starting the Spring season next week with the first games scheduled for March 12th. It has been full throttle since getting back from winter break to prepare for the season. We are excited for what God has in store for us this season. We pray that Jesus' name is proclaimed in all that we do and share.


We have all of our communities engaged and we are seeing growth as more people get out. It is exciting to see more kids back in the program. Our ESL classes are also back in session as we serve not just the kids but the families as well.


Something that has excited me as the practices have started is seeing more of our older kids get involved. They are helping coach some of the younger aged teams. We desire to develop leaders and pour into those that want to grow. I have seen this in multiple communities but I see it happening first hand in our Lawrenceville location. There are a few kids that another coach and I desire to pour into. These kids are coming to the practice on a different day for the 6-9 year olds. This is a BIG WIN for us as these kids learn to serve and develop as men and women.



Prayer Requests
  • Volunteers in coaches and referees for the season
  • Healthy growth of the ministry and soccer program
  • Kids and families hearts to hear the Gospel message this season

Praises
  • We are grateful to PCA for allowing us to use their fields again for practices and games



An update from Brittany Vallejo, wife of Tyler's boss Jorge:


Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I've updated so I wanted to take a minute to share what is going on in my neck of the woods. While my full time vocation currently is homeschooling our four children, every now and then God gives me the opportunity to come alongside some of the female athletes, or players' wives or girlfriends and I get to share life with them. Often times this looks like grabbing a coffee or sending a text saying I'm praying for them, but sometimes I am blessed to share my story with them and dig a little deeper into theirs.


Most recently I met with the wife of one of the pro players my husband mentors and was able to listen to some of the struggles and challenges she is facing. With her husband being an international player, she is facing some incredible push back in her allowances to stay in the country with him and their one year old daughter. Covid has shut down the embassy in her country, forcing her to be deported until further notice, potentially separating their family for an indefinite period of time. As a wife and mother, I can only imagine how worrying this must be.


I was able to pray with her and for her, as she is taking steps toward her faith, discovering all who God is and the enormity of His love and care for her. She is discovering what it looks like to have a personal relationship with Jesus, instead of one based on rules and good deeds. She walked away from our conversation telling her husband it was the best talk she's ever had with someone!


What a privilege it is to have God use me in this way, because, to be honest, sometimes being a stay at home mom seems a bit mundane. It is easy to get caught up in the laundry, dishes, referee, chauffeur and soccer mom status and sometimes it's really hard to see how God is using my story of brokenness for His glory. But as I sat across from this young wife and mother, I could see a seed being sown in her heart. I could see that my wisdom that came from experiences, and mistakes, and even the mundane tasks of being a mom were showing her the love of God. I pray that someday as she grows and matures, SHE will be sitting across from a young mom, telling her just how much Jesus cares about her too.


Hearts are being changed and eyes are being opened through raw and honest conversations around coffee. These stories and many more like it, are only possible because of the faithful and consistent prayers and support of friends like you. And for that I am truly grateful.




We have started our summer camps and are 3 weeks in. It has been exciting to see the Lord moving through the summer curriculum He led us to use. Throughout the 5 days of camp, we are able to teach the kids on the following:


  • Made in the Image of God through the story of Creation
  • The Decisions we make have consequences both positive and negative through the Fall of Man story
  • Friendship through the story of Jonathan and David
  • Responsibility through the story of Esther
  • Salvation because of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ

With 3 weeks of camp completed, there have been encouraging stories that keep me going. I want to share with you one of those so that you can see the fruit of your partnership. We started the summer in Clarkston, GA. Filled with many refugees from all over the world it is a diverse place to be. We have been there for a few years now but have only served the older kids. Now with a foundation, we would like to see a younger team of kids aged 7-9 years old. Camp this summer was a perfect opportunity to form those relationships.


It was so encouraging to me that we were able to share about Jesus to these kids that come from mostly Muslim backgrounds. They know about Jesus as a prophet. To share about creation and key Old Testament stories is joyous. Not only that but the questions they asked and attention they seemed to give, was really something. Please be praying for these kids. If we can pour into them at an early age, and pray that God does the rest, I believe there can be saving of souls for Christ.




We finished our spring season of soccer and are looking forward to the summer as we begin camps. Praise God for his provision and protection as we were able to complete the season healthy and strong. We topped off the season with celebrations in each community to serve the families with a meal. I am grateful for the partners that supported the ministry to make these events happen.


We now look ahead to the summer and are grateful to go back to our weekly camp schedule. This allows us to continue to serve all of our locations throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. Please be praying for our summer as we deepen relationships with kids and their families. Pray for changed hearts for Christ! With restrictions loosening, more families are reconnecting with us again to get involved with our program. I'm grateful to God for the impact we have made that these families see the value in coming back. I pray that the kids and these families see nothing but the forgiveness, grace, and love of Christ through us. To Him be the glory.




We are off to another start in the spring season of our Mentorship Academy Program. 2 weeks have already passed by and the season seems like it is passing by quickly. We are giving more opportunity to invest into the lives of our older kids to develop in their leadership and to empower them. We have multiple U19 players (16-18 years old) serving on Saturday's as referees or coaches besides getting their time to play. This is a huge win for us as we pour into the kids of our program to develop leaders.


Also, I felt the Lord urging me to focus more on discipleship this season. This means, putting the extra effort to have 1-on-1 time with a few players or coaches to pour into. The Lord has provided multiple opportunities that I am discerning to pursue. Two with players and one with a coach. I pray that I can clearly share the Gospel message with them or help them grow more mature in their faith. Prayers that God will change their hearts and draw them to Himself. Please be praying for these opportunities. It is in God's hands but I want to be obedient.


Prayer Requests:

  1. For the Players and coaches that I will be discipling and mentoring
  2. The families that we serve and for life change in Christ
  3. More volunteers in coaches and referees so that we can serve our kids with excellence to have greater impact.



We finished off 2020 with year-end celebrations in our communities. We offered dinner to our families to serve them with a meal and some fellowship. We reviewed our Bible lessons from the season and had an opportunity to share the gospel message. As a ministry we had a year-end campaign with a goal to raise $60,000 as an organization by December 31, 2020. Praise God for his gracious favor and providence, as we were able to meet our goal! 2020 was a challenging year but we look forward to seeing what God has in store for 2021. We will begin our programs again starting in February. We are looking forward to reconnecting with the families and our kids.


Prayer Requests:

  1. Safety and health in the current season
  2. The ability to proceed with our spring season as we continue to serve our families and share Christ with them
  3. I pray to have 1-2 kids this year that I can mentor and disciple.

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Matt & Stacey Anderson

Young Life
Buford, GA

As some of you might know, last week a young man named Aaron Kirkland died in a car accident after a night of hanging out with other kids and one of our Young Life leaders at Buford. This tragic event has absolutely shocked this town. I was on a cruise ship with Stacey until Saturday, and when I got off the ship and finally got a signal, it was like getting kicked in the chest. I want to tell you guys that I am confident that right now Aaron is with God in heaven by his grace and perfect timing. A week before the accident Aaron gave his life to Christ after coming to Young Life club on September 27. Him and I talked for a long time about his life and how he thought God wanted nothing to do with because of his mistakes and his reputation, but I got to share with him the truth of God's love for him and then and there he decided he wanted to follow Jesus. I would love to share the full story with you all, but as you can imagine that would take a book-long email.


This is why we go. Because of Aaron deciding to follow Jesus, this turns what would be a hopeless situation into one that, though heartbreaking, is full of hope. On Tuesday night I had the honor of speaking at Aarons memorial service where we got to celebrate Aarons amazing life, but we also got to lift up the name of Jesus, the hope of glory. There is so much more to say about this situation, but I'll just leave it at this, please pray for the Kirkland family. Holly and David are his parents, Aaron was their only son. Please also pray for this community, we are all really hurting, but hopeful.


Thank you, I couldn't be here without y'all. It is not a stretch to say that without your partnership with Young Life here, I wouldn't have gotten to see Aaron meet the Lord and have the hope that I do in a situation like this. This email totally doesn't cover everything about this situation, so please don't hesitate to call me if you want to hear more. I have known Aaron since I started working for Young Life in Buford, and have so much more to say, but will leave it there. Thank you all so much and I know you all will lift us up as you have been doing so for so long.




Without your prayer, encouragement, and generous giving, I would not have the opportunity to see the amazing ways that God is moving at Buford High School. Because you have chosen to partner with me, I got to see my entire cabin of boys from Buford High School give their lives to Christ this summer! Here is that story:


July 3-7 we packed 5 boys and myself into my truck (I'm a real Georgia boy now!) and made the hour-long drive to SharpTop Cove in Jasper, GA for the best week of our lives. Leyton, Troy, Matthew, Vaughn, Dean, and myself have been talking and dreaming about this trip since February, and I, along with so many, have been praying for these boys and the week of camping ahead, and boy did God do something amazing there. Throughout the week, by way of club talks, cabin times, family style meals, and every single activity at camp, these boys processed the whole Gospel and made decisions to give their lives over to him and to trust him, all but 1 for the very first time in their lives. Some of my favorite quotes throughout the week were:


"I just assumed God was pretty much done with me because I stopped going to church after 6 grade, I had no idea he was so interested in people who don't have their life together."


"If God can forgive and love me, I want my best friend to know that he wants to forgive and love him too!"


"Thank you so much for making me come to the hoe down (he wanted to sit that one out) I needed that more than you now."


I truly thank God for that trip, he has been so kind to allow me to see his work so closely this summer! We are bringing so much momentum into the fall, here are some ways you can be praying for our area, Stacey, and I:


  1. For God to provide more leaders for our area, we have a wonderful team at Buford but could use 1-3 more leaders there, but North Gwinnett is down to 1 leader for the fall, so prayers for them especially.
  2. We need a significant financial boost for this fall semester, the summer camp expenses coupled with a drop in donorship due to covid has left things a little tight, but the Lord has always provided everything we need, so help lift us up as we try to ask the Lord to do it again!
  3. Prayers for safety and wisdom of how to best reach kids in the midst of spiking cases in our town.

I am grateful for the ways you have been caring for Stacey and I and providing a way for us to be here on the front lines of what God is doing at Buford High School!!




Young Life in Suwanee and Buford is active and God is doing a lot through those he has chosen to lead at North Gwinnett Middle and High School as well as Buford High School. A huge answer to prayer has come through new leaders at Buford High School David Echard, and our very own Walter and Sam Montano! Would you lift this new team up in prayer as well as pray and consider if you might want to get involved? Currently we are in desperate need of more leaders and North Gwinnett Middle and High School.


Also, we would love your prayers for the summer camp trips this summer, that God would bring the right kids to camp and that their hearts would be ready to hear and respond to the gospel. The dates for our summer camp trips are July 3-7 for NGHS and Buford HS and July 12-16 for NGMS.




Ministry in Suwanee Buford has kicked off this week with our first gathering of the semester. The relationships we have built with kids of the last couple of years have taken deep roots and have led to many conversations about Jesus and how he has made them to be in relationship with them. With our campaigners (kids who have a relationship with Jesus or are seeking that out) especially, we have encouraged them in the faith and the opportunity to invite their friends into that same kind of relationship.


Though Young Life's events have had to take different shape this year due to COVID, ministry is thriving through it kids are in front of the Gospel on a regular basis. We are always looking for more folks to get involved in reaching the next kid and the next school! Would you pray for our efforts to find more leaders to reach kids at North Gwinnett middle and high school as well as Buford high school? Another prayer request would be for the safety of our kids, leaders, and staff as we enter into another semester of what God is doing in our town!