Mary Kriebel is one of my favorite people. There is nothing particularly special about her, but she is faithful to what God has for her. She is a chiropractor, a mother of three and she wants kids to know that they were created for something. I have been working with her and a group of adults in Chalmers Indiana to get Young Life started. There are 407 students at Frontier Jr/Sr High from 7th-12th grade. There are Young Life clubs that are bigger than that. I am so grateful for Mary Kriebel and the other faithful adults who believe that kids in their community deserve this opportunity too. The first time I met Mary I asked her why she wanted to start Young Life and this was her answer,
“Kids just need to know that someone notices them. That they matter. That they were created for something.”
This is what Young Life leaders do. We tell kids with words and with actions that they matter. They matter to us and they matter to the God who created them. One of the people who best embodies this is Chris Reutter. There also isn’t anything particularly special about Chris. He is a chemist, a former Young Life leader, a father of one and one of my best friends. For 10 years now he has been telling kids with words and actions that he notices them and they matter to him. I had lunch with Chris today. Every time I get together with Chris he has recently shared a meal with a high school or college kid who looks up to him. There may not be anything particularly special about Chris, but he is exceptionally faithful.
I drove three hours round trip to meet with Mary Kriebel and the principal of Frontier High School for 20 minutes today. The principal had never heard of Young Life before our meeting today, but at one point she said, “Yes, Yes, they (kids) need to be shown a different way. They need to know there is a different way than what they have seen.”
I used to say that this would be worth it for just one kid, if we just impact one kid. But recently I changed that, because we aren’t even promised that we would impact one kid. Now I believe that it is worth it just to be faithful.