Julie Ilg

Julie Ilg and the girls

When I was a freshman in high school, I absorbed everything that came my way. I would try anything to find life. Thankfully, God sent a few sophomores my way to invite me to Young Life. I went to Young Life because I was invited by friends. Those friends brought me to a place where I heard about a Creator that loved me and wanted to know me. It was at Young Life that I first heard about Jesus. From there, my life would be forever changed.

I, now, have the privilege to invite high school students to hear about that same Creator who loves them deeply and went to a great length to know them. The high school years are still a time when most teenagers make important life choices, including what they believe about God. And so Young Life is there in the world of high school — learning kids’ names, hearing their stories, having fun and sharing with them the great news of a God who loves them.

In Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, Young Life is involved in 16 different ministries at local high school and middle schools. We aim to reach every student at the school, including teen moms, kids with special needs and minorities with Christ’s love. We believe every kid has the right to hear the Gospel. We are grateful to have 85 active volunteer leaders and 3 full-time staff. It is a privilege to lead and train our JMU leaders as they go out into the communities to love and serve adolescents. If you would like to know more about Young Life in Harrisonburg, visit Harrisonburg.younglife.org.

I am grateful for the incredible support from Eastside. I have never been a part of a church that is so involved in missions. Their service to the community continues to amaze me and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

Blessings,

Julie

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