Mentoring Christmas Party

Christmas Carnival 2015The Annual Mentoring Christmas Party was held Dec. 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Derby. The new venue was the perfect location for the party, which included a fun carnival and many different games.

Mentors, protégés, kids on the waiting list for a mentor, and their families attended the event. Kids had the chance to earn prizes at each game, and everyone enjoyed the fun activities.

Youth from Calvary Chapel help facilitate the games and different stations and helped making the event possible. We are thankful for their support! James Bazil, youth pastor at Calvary Chapel, shared a message at the party. His wife Becky led the group in singing Christmas carols.

Children in the mentoring program received a gift that had been specifically chosen for them by a local church or individual sponsor. The excitement on their faces was contagious.

You help make events like this possible through your generosity and support. Thank you. Make sure to head to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/YouthHorizons to see all the great pictures from the event.

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Mentoring Updates

Becky, Aliciaus and Stuart at the Living Nativity

Becky, Aliciaus and Stuart at the Living Nativity

 

Aliciaus Copes went to see her mentor Becky Reimer and Becky’s husband Stuart at the Living Nativity in Peabody, Kan. Aliciaus says Stuart and Becky did a great job in their roles.

 

 

Dary and Sebastian

Dary and Sebastian

 

Mentor Brian Jackson took his protégé, Sebastian Hickock on a deer hunt last month. The hunt was conducted through the Outdoor Mentors program, and was hosted by Dary Southwick.

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Letter from Earnest: January 2016

Earnest AlexanderDear friends,

I am convinced that I have just finished the shortest year of my life.  Some of you have heard me say – “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”...  Saying goodbye to Mama, along with 6 other relatives and friends was painful.  Building two new homes at the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch – doubling the capacity of the boy’s ranch and being debt free because of many of you – made it the best of times.  On top of that, God provided the staff that we needed and I am very happy about their potential.

Of course, I have to start the year with a challenge for all of us – the need for mentors persists, the need for residential beds persists, the need for spiritual awakening also persists.  Perhaps if our country could enjoy revival and the hearts of the fathers be turned back to their children, if those of us who are the people of God would confess our sins, ask for forgiveness and commit to knowing and loving God, He would forgive our sins and heal our land. I Chronicles 7:14.  I want to ask you what your plans are for this year.  What will you do differently?  Whatever regrets you have, leave them in the past.  Only bring your hopes into 2016.  Let those hopes be influenced by your love for God and your desire to please him.

For the last few years, as I drive to work in the morning, I’ve been praying  “Dear God, please teach me how to love you in ways that matter to you and help me to make your love known in ways that will be pleasing to you.”  Perhaps you can pray it with me for yourself and for me as we fly through 2016.

In closing, please know that we need you now more than ever and the work that we are doing has eternal weight to it.  Support and tithe to your local church first.  If there is anything left, please remember Youth Horizons.  If you can volunteer, we welcome you.  If you can give, we are grateful.  If you pray for us, we are indebted to you.  Happy New Year!!

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2015 Christmas Benefit Concert Recap

2015 Christmas Benefit Concert“I have been changed for good.”
Earnest Alexander sang these words, along with a selection of Christmas songs at the 2015 Christmas Benefit Concert. The concert was held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at ABODE Venue in Wichita. Along with Earnest, it featured the jazz and vocal bands of Friends University led by Craig Curry and Lisa Hittle.

We are honored to share that we had a number of new sponsors this year. Thanks to those individuals and the personal generosity of many, the net total raised from the two concert nights is $42,466. That money is used in its entirety to fund the work of Youth Horizons.

We debuted three new videos at the event, sharing the history of Youth Horizons and testimonials from the mentoring and residential programs. One story that was shared was that of Daniel Thomas.

Daniel Thomas seen far right

Daniel Thomas seen far right

Daniel was a resident with Youth Horizons a number of years ago. You can watch his story – as well as the other videos – at youtube.com/youthhorizonsvideos. He currently helps mentor neighborhood children.

To see more pictures from the event, go to Facebook.com/YouthHorizons. Photography at the event was provided by Joshua Ayres Photography.

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Kinloch Price Boys Ranch Christmas Wish List

Soccer timeAs Christmas draws nearer, we are often asked how people can support Youth Horizons during the holidays. While there are certainly ongoing needs, one way you can contribute tangibly this season is through our Wish List.

Thanks to God’s provision and your generosity, the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch Expansion Project was successfully funded earlier this year. Now, the task at hand is to fill the building with all the items needed to turn a house into a home. We’ve created a Wish List at Walmart that brings those needs together into one place.

It’s easy to access the list! Here’s what to do:

  • Go to Walmart.com
  • Click on “Lists” from the menu across the top of the page
  • In the form, “Find Someone’s List” enter:
  1.     First Name: Youth
  2.     Last Name: Horizons
  3.     State: Kansas
  • Click, “Find”
  • Select, “Youth Horizons KPBR Wish List”
  • The list of needed items will display

If you go into a Walmart store, all you need to do is go to the Customer Service area and follow the steps at the kiosk there to retrieve the list.

If you have any questions about the Wish List process or items on the list, give us a call! You can call the Youth Horizons office at 316.262.8293.

We are thankful for you all as we prayerfully complete this last stage of the expansion project.

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I am the Clay

KPBRI am the clay and, GOD, is my potter

I have always been blessed to be very gifted with my mind and hands. In this I have always been able to express myself in ways that may be difficult for others. To have the ability to work and think and to even walk, reminds me every day how even in a difficult situation I can remain happy. I have been placed in the KPBR (Kinloch Price Boys Ranch) residential program for four months now. It’s a challenge every day to remain positive, being away from family. I could never stress the amount of love that the people here provide. They work as the LORD’S potters molding us to be better young men every day.

– Ethan

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Letter from Earnest: December 2015

Earnest AlexanderOn Nov. 15, 2015 I had the privilege of hearing the Rev. Dr. Brent O. Johnston, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Wichita. It was the most invigorating and stimulating sermon on giving and yet it was not high pressure pleading for giving and committing. He simply told a story of his love and affection for his dear mother.

He told about purchasing an extravagant gift for her each year, buying her something that she would never buy for herself, but something she deeply appreciated and enjoyed. He used the following scripture for his reference “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste?” Matt. 26:6-8.

His story reminded me of the love that I have for my dear mother who just recently went to heaven – getting to buy her first washer and dryer; getting to buy her a nice color television. I was able to send her a little bit of money each month and here’s the thing that is so neat about it – neither Dr. Johnston or me ever gave serious consideration to the cost because the gifts went to someone that we desperately love – our mothers.

Now you would find this hard to believe, but as much as I loved Mama, I love the Lord more. When I was a boy and working, I cashed my check and paid the tithe because if I got home, Mama would take it all and she was welcome to it because it was going to help pay bills, but I wanted to pay the tithe first. I am telling you all of this to simply say when you love, it’s very natural to give to the person you love. How much do you love the Lord? Are you uncomfortable when people talk about giving to Him? Do you get angry and think ”why should I give to God – I’ve had to work very hard to get it”. And the real answer is that you don’t have to give to God. In fact, if you are giving to God solely out of duty and not out of genuine love and affection, your giving might be in vain. This holiday season give because you want to. When I say give extravagantly, I mean give your best and know that He has done that very same thing for you. After you pay the tithe to your local church, please send an offering to Youth Horizons or some like-minded organization as we are giving our best by serving the least of these.

Merry Christmas!

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KPBR Expansion Update

New ConstructionNearly two years of fundraising came to an end this September with the successful completion of the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch Expansion project. This project doubles the capacity of the program, and will allow us to serve 32 boys.

Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” And we have seen and live the truth of that belief.

In October 2014, we were issued a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation of Oklahoma. We were given until October 2015 to successfully raise $1,749,254 of our nearly $2 million total construction and expansion costs. With God’s abundant provision and your sacrificial generosity, we met that goal before the requested deadline.

We are encouraged by the Mabee Foundation’s dedication to Christian organizations and their partnership in helping make this work possible.

Mr. Raymond Tullius, Vice Chairman of the Mabee Foundation, offered his appreciation for the services we provide to youth with such great need.

“Expansion of the Boys Ranch residential facilities will enable Youth Horizons of double the number of at-risk boys who benefit from the available programs,” he says. “The Mabee Foundation is pleased to be able to assist with these efforts.”

Construction is nearly completed on one of the houses at the ranch, and will be finished soon on the final house. We are already praying for the boys who will soon call this place home.

This is a landmark moment. But like all good landmarks, it serves to show us where we are in relation to the landscape.

There is much work yet to be done. We continue to raise money to fulfill our general operating budget, and there are two 15-passenger vans we will need to purchase for the new homes. Please continue to pray with us and for us.

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Kinloch Price Boys Ranch Expansion Donor List

In gratitude to the generosity of so many individuals and organizations who helped make the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch Expansion Project a reality.

Primary Contact
Aaron Lewis
Adam Blackford
Alan Wicks
Alice Stewart
Alison Robbins
Allen Mundy
Allen Sebes
Amanda Shinkle
American Fire Sprinkler
Andale Farmers COOP
Andrew Janzen
Arlyn Smith
ASM Engineering
Beavers Plumbing LLC
Bill Smith
Billy Wingo
Bob Buford
Bob Whiteman
BRC Bearing Company, Inc
Brent Warkentin
Brian Lair
Bruce Bodecker
Byron Stout
C & C Guttering
C&R Keys
Carl Brown
Carolyn Bell
Carolyn Harms
Catherine Williams
Cecil Riney
Cecil Rogers
Central Christian Church
Charles Bowman
Charles Harley
Charles Loop
Charles Rice
Cheryl D Cordry Trust
Chris Fox
Chris Stephens
Christine W Kubik
Claremont Realty & Mgnt
Clifford Glover
Clifford Helms
Coleman Materials
Corrine Becker
Craig Curry
Cristi Howell
Dale Lewis
Dale Roberts
Daniel Kilby
Darren Decker
David and Beth Perkins
David Anders
David Mann
David Mitchell
David Sollo
Debbie Custer
Deborah Fleming
Dee Moxley
Dick and Ann Lamb
Dick Sanders
Donald B Tener
Donald Friesen
Donna Berry
Donovan Moore
Dorothy Mae Alexander
Dottie Koeppen
Doug Janssen
Douglas Riney
Duane Gale
Earnest Alexander
Eck Evans
Eric Hogan
Esther Cummins
Esther Whiteman
Evan Wilson
Fleming Feed & Grain Co.
Fred Erdman
Fred Stockstill
Gale Engels
Gatewood Family Foundation
Gayathri Chandrasekaran
Gene Myers
George Cowan
Goebel Family Star Lumber Charity
Gregory Wellborn
Harold Bohm
Herbert Lenz
HTI Painting
Intrust Wealth Management
Jack and Christy Newland
Jack Fisher
Jake Theis
James and Freida Andrews
James Graf
James Reeves
Janet Arnold
Janice Farmer
Jeff Beedy
Jeff Janusz
Jeff Watkins
Jeff Watkins Painting
Jeffrey Leonard
Jerry D Lilley Rev. Trust
Jerry Lilley
Jim Bartel
Jim Givens
Jim White
Jo and Ronald Willford
Joan Dunn
Joe Hudson
John and Holly Taylor
John Brooks
Jolene Atkins
Jon & Tarenda Casimir
Jon Benigas
Jonas Helander
Joseph Botinelly
Joy Eakins
Juanita Bowman
Julie Rinke
Justin and Paula Conner
Justin Mueller
Kandace Jones
Kansas Health Foundation
Karen Eckhardt
Kary Rutschman
Katherine Lewis
Katherine Miller
Keith & Betty Hartman
Kenneth Paxton
Kent Grier
Kevin and Kristi Bleich
Kevin Henderson
Kevin Vickers
Kristine Bishop
Larry and Alice Thompson
Larry Foster
Larry Staton
Leah Howell
Lee Owens
Leigh Breitenstein
Leland Mayo
LouAnn Hansen
Manfred Menking
Marcia Crawford
Mark Hutton
Mark Hutton Irrevocable Trust
Marvin Rink
Marvin Scarbrough
Mary Jo Hunninghake
Mary Norman
Mary Van Arsdale
Melissa Duncan
Michael & Floetta Harvey
Michelle Henderson
Muriel Ann Walpole
Nancy Graham
National Christian Foundation
Neal Evangelical Free Church
Nicholas & Laura Jones
Palmyra Baptist Church
Pathway Church
Patricia Rank
Paul and Nancy Brucks
Paul Longhofer
Paula Rhoads
Pete Miller
Pleasantview Baptist Church
PRCS LLC
Premier
Randall Fishel
Randall White
Raymond & Margaret Brown
Rebecca Melsoni
Rebecca Ott
Reginald Boothe
Rhonda Roth
Richard Coe
Richard Daeschner
Riverlawn Christian
Robert and Nancy Love
Robert Rasberry
Roger & Susan Brown
Roland Krause
Ron Coppock
Ronald Allenbach
Ronald D. Ryan Living Trust
Schammerhorn, Inc.
Scott Garrison
Seeders Inc.
Shari Edwards
Sharon Bishop
Stacee Hendrickson
Stacy Lacy
Stan Achilles
Stephen McCloskey
Stephen Mizak
Steve and Anita Chartier
Steve Brown
Steven Kelly
Susan Lentz
Susan Shaw
Suzanne Long
Terry McMillen
Thayne Thompson
Tim Dudte
Timothy Buchanan
Tina Baldwin
Tobias Williams
Todd and Brandi Breth
Tom Dean
Val Brown
Vic Coats
Vonda Wilson
Walter Ramsour
William Graham Oil Company

 

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Letter from Earnest: November 2015

Earnest Alexander“He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:6

Have any of you considered the possibility that as a nation we could presently be under the judgment of God? Over the last three presidential elections, I prayed diligently that God would put in the White House someone that would lead the hearts of the fathers back to their children, and I have prayed that the hearts of the children would return to their fathers. Those of you reading this know that at Youth Horizons we love kids. Our goal is to help them figure out who they are and what their purpose is. For many years I have traveled the world singing to church congregations and I have made many wonderful friends. God has provided much help for the work that we do through the people who’ve become friends with me in the Lord’s work. Increasingly though, it’s harder to get into local churches and even more challenging to motivate people to evangelize. It’s almost as if it’s taboo. But the conclusion I’ve come to in recent days, is that if God is going to save the United States of America, the church will play a part in the endeavor. More than likely, it will be young people that He sends out to do the work. Take heart, He has not excluded you, but He is more clearly defining your role and mine, as we age.

“I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” I John 2:14

Our country can be saved, but the politicians will not save it. It will not be brought down by the Muslims and illegal immigrants. The generations we are losing, the cultural changes we are succumbing to – are largely due to the comfort zone we find ourselves in the church and the fact that we do not want to be rousted out of our positions of comfort. I’m just turning 60 years of age. I personally understand the need for comfort, but I am convinced that I must work on. Can you mentor? Can you pray? Can you give? What part will you play? While our opportunities of service are changing, there is still an active place for us in reaching the young people of our country. Soon it will be in their hands. Let’s help them to be equipped and equal to the task.

I hope to see you at the Christmas concert coming up on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1.

You have my love and prayers,

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