A message from Richard Langmead, CEO of Urban Saints:
I am so inspired when I hear the stories of how Crusaders, Urban Saints and other Christian youth groups have introduced people to Jesus Christ and shaped their lives of service. The joy, the memories, the friendships, wisdom and trust in Christ remind me of why Jesus gave us the Great Commission,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a, NIV
Our strategy has us focussed on starting new outreach groups that are bringing the same Good News to young people, the same Biblical inspiration, and the same sense of belonging, through dedicated, caring volunteers.
Many of us grew up attending Crusaders, Urban Saints or similar Christian youth groups. As I look back, I am astounded by how much my weekly group shaped who I have become! Do any of my memories resonate with you?
I remember my leaders Tom and Andy. They passed on the goodness of God and showed me how to live life in all its fullness. I am so grateful for them.
Young people today are facing what often feel like overwhelming pressures – exams, low self-esteem, social media, knives, drugs and loneliness. Looking forward, they see future debt, more and more exams, sky-high rents, and a housing market that makes it difficult to move or afford somewhere to live.
Often young people escape to the ‘virtual’ world of social media, YouTube and video games. Others take drugs or join gangs. They want to belong, to feel loved. They want hope.
With your support, Urban Saints is already battling these challenges across the UK with our weekly groups, camps, residentials, additional needs training, overseas discipleship adventures, and the award winning Energize discipleship resources – but there are so many more young people to reach.
Will you give today to see the vision become a reality? Every £10 that you give will help one young person be introduced to the Lord Jesus and find a sense of belonging in a weekly youth group.
Yours in His service,
Chief Executive Officer