Welcome to The Nations Calling! In 1992, Pastor Mark Hoffman of Foothills Christian Church opened the first Youth Venture teen center in El Cajon, CA. Everyday, hundreds of youth from dysfunctional homes and troubled neighborhoods walk through the doors to a refuge of peace, love, and grace (as well as video games, pool tables, and a skate park!) Youth Venture teen centers also provide teens the opportunity to learn basic Biblical principles for successful living and to help establish significant relationships for life. As many of these youth grow up - voluntarily serving at Foothills and even at teen centers where it all began - Youth Venture's impact has come full circle.
Over 20 years later, the vision of Youth Venture has now reached the nation of Kenya and Uganda. Bible clubs in schools across the country are reaching hundreds of students every week. In July of 2016, we had the opportunity to visit Kenya and see first-hand how the Lord is working. Upon our return, Foothills Christian Church presented us with another opportunity - to send us back for an extended period of time - two-years! - with the goal of growing and supporting the local Youth Venture program.
For Christians, Matthew 28:19 is well-known as the Great Commission - a foundation of evangelical ministry and missionary work. As we joyfully heed the call ourselves, The Nations Calling is our response where we'll be documenting our life abroad. We hope you enjoy and feel a part of this journey as much as we are living it!