Case Statement

How is Your Life Carrying on the Gospel to the Next Generation?

Restoring lives to Christ by speaking truth and demonstrating love

Introduction to Restore Youth Ministry

An entire generation of teens is confused about the truths and the character of God. They are surrounded by lies masquerading as truths. We are called by God to sacrifice our lives to a calling and there is no one else to do this. We are giving them a source that sustains their hope to truly live.

Jessica is a typical 15 year old girl in our youth ministry. She lives with her father and various other step and half siblings. She has bounced back and forth between living with her parents as both have substance abuse problems. Neither has taken the time to love her more than they love themselves. She is permitted to roam around town as she pleases and is ac- tively using alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and harder illegal drugs to numb her pain. In her search for love she lived a promiscuous lifestyle because no one ever told her there is something better. She is now finding healing and a future in Christ.

Following are the facts concerning life as a typical teen in New Hampshire. In a survey of 1500 New Hampshire teens, in the past year about one-fourth of stu- dents have felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some of their usual activities. Four percent of stu- dents actually attempted suicide one or more times. In any given 30 day period about 40% had at least one drink of alcohol, one-fourth of students used mari- juana, and 6% have taken over-the-counter drugs to get high. About 45% of students stated they have had sexual intercourse and only 56% of students re- port the use of a condom. Who will step out to care for these teens? They are crying out for someone to notice them; someone to love them. Their cries are being heard and answered!

Let’s look at the state of churches in New England for a minute. According to Ja- red Wilson, pastor in Vermont, blogger, and author, New England is the least churched area in the country with between 1-3% of the population attending an evangelical church. Additionally, the churches that do exist for the most part are not awakened by the gospel. However, there is hope! New England is spiritually fertile. Wilson says New England is full of “springs of spiritual openness” that make it the “new American missional frontier” (http://theresurgence.com/).

Various occult practices are wide- spread throughout the city of Derry. Not only the parents, but many children are involved in these practices. Though the parents would not normally allow their kids to come to normal church services, they have allowed their children to come to our services and their lives have been touched by the Gospel. They claim not to be interested in

Christ, but there must be something that keeps them coming back weekly to interact with us. We are praying they soon find freedom in Christ’s forgiveness.

Who is the Morris Family?

How does a family of 9 end up serving in a full time volunteer position? God called us! We got our start in ministry together in Florida. We moved to Derry, NH soon after the birth of our first biological son. As we joined a local church it became obvious why God called us here: the teens around us needed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. We began serving as volunteer youth pastors in Man- chester. For a few years Ism worked a full time job and juggled a part time volunteer position within our church’s youth network. In August of 2008 we accepted the position of Youth Specialists at Life- Way Church which is pastored by Juan Saa and is in good standing with the community it serves. We began holding a weekly outreach service. As our hearts grew in love for the kids we found it harder and harder to not have more time to spend with them. In May of 2009, God answered our prayer by allowing Ism to be laid off, thus opening up our schedules to serve in a full time capacity. We have done so ever since.

Joe is step-dad to a teen in our ministry. We have slowly built a rela- tionship with him and watched him open up to us. He has thanked us for our service to the youth in the community and for providing a place for his step-son to be. Additionally, he recently offered to teach his carpentry skills to any interested youth.

Restore. Support. Strengthen.

The mission of Restore Youth Ministry is to restore, support, and strengthen the youth of our community. We complete this mission by serving the whole person: not just the spiritual needs once a week during a youth group service. We reach hungry teens where they are and when they need it most. We find them walking the streets after school and late at night. We’ve opened our home to them, we’ve served their families, we find their hang out spots. We don’t ask them to come find us, we go to them!

Chuck, 16 years old, came from Arizona on a visit to see his family. He had lived with his cousin for two years as his family was too much of a mess to live with. They were saved at one of our ministry’s neighborhood block parties and had joined our church in the previous year. He never intended to stay in NH; he certainly never intended to find hope and life here. God used our skate ministry as an opportunity to get him involved with us. He helped build some ramps, hung out at our house so much we began to think we had 8 kids, and told us all along that he wasn’t interested in God. Then one day he was! He re- pented and believed during a Sunday service and was baptized shortly after. He is being disci- pled weekly in a one on one set- ting and is working out his faith. But that’s not the end! Two of his friends joined us at this year’s block party and were saved as well!

Vision

If this ministry were fully funded, in the next three years with God’s help we could:

  • Build and open a youth resource center providing daily opportunities for restoration through many different activities
  • Link area churches and youth groups in service through a common goal
  • Create generational change in our region

Kendra, 15 years old, found our ministry when a friend invited her to come to our weekly outreach service at our house early in our ministry. The first few weeks that she came she wouldn’t even come inside but sat outside waiting for us. She was slow in opening up. About a year into our relationship, a family tragedy struck. Soon after this our rela- tionship became more serious. She has asked God for forgiveness and has since introduced us to her brother and step-sister who now also attend our weekly outreach. Both siblings have also recently chosen salvation and we are following up with them in an effort to guide their continued growth toward living lives that draw others to Christ. Would you consider partnering with us to help young people like Kendra?

Strategy

We are currently offering the following services to our teens:

  • Weekly student-supported outreach on Friday nights followed by disciple- ship opportunities for middle and high school students on Sunday mornings
  • 1 on 1 mentor program
  • Skate trips
  • Girls’ and guys’ night out
  • Parent and teen dinners

How Can I Help?

With your help, we will build a resource center to serve even more teens with more complicated situations. Many people have asked us how they can help. Maybe you’re thinking the same thing: “How can I possibly help?” The answer is simple. First, begin to lift Restore Youth Ministry and our family up in your daily prayer time. Second, consider partnering with us financially. We are in need of both one-time gifts to build the resource center as well as monthly partners to maintain the ministry. Finally, spread the word! Are you connected to a body of believers who would be thrilled to hear about what God is doing in Derry? Would you refer us to other believers who can join in the work?

Initial Building Cost Annual Budget                    $1,500,000

Staffing (1 full time, 1 part time)                                      $60,000

Maintenance (supplies, labor)                                        $30,000

Electricity                                                                                $24,000

Heating and cooling                                                            $20,000

Liability Insurance                                                                 $17,000

Supplies                                                                                    $15,000

Miscellaneous                                                                         $4,000

Annual total to reach our kids                   $170,000


Leadership Gifts

2 gifts of $12,500 to $15,000 annually


Major Gifts

Annual Monthly

2 gifts of $10,000 to $12,000                                                                    $1,250 to $1,650

4 gifts of $7,500 to $9,000                                                                         $850 to $1,150

8 gifts of $4,500 to $6,000                                                                         $750 to $1,000

8 gifts of $3,000 to $4,000                                                                        $450 to $500


Sustaining Gifts

Annual Monthly

4 gifts of $2,400 to $2,500                                                                           $350 to $400

6 gifts of $1,500 to $1,800                                                                            $250 to $300

10 gifts of $1,000 to $1,200                                                                         $150 to $200

10 gifts of $500 to $600                                                                                $80 to $100

All donations can be written to LifeWay Church and are tax-deductible. Please include “Restore Youth” on the memo line.

Restore Youth ~ LifeWay Church

PO Box 233 East Derry, NH 03041

T 603-247-4305

tribemorris@gmail.com

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Comments
  1. Kristal Tanguay says:

    Hey Liz,

    I love reading your updates. I want to try and get you guys hooked up with our church out here, but I don’t know what to write in an email. I know you will be here soon and I dont know your schedule, but if you go to the Rock Church website there is all the contacts for the pastors. And it is definitely a huge Do Something Church with lots of resources. Praying God will continue to lead you as you contact people. Rob unfortunately won’t be here when you guys arrive as he is flying home early Saturday morning. I am working Saturday and Sunday but have Monday the 20 and Tuesday the 21st off. Would love to meet up with you guys. Let me know how I can be of help to you Please!

    Love, Kristal

    • morristribe says:

      Hey Kristal! I’m sorry again that we missed you. We were able to meet with someone from the outreach ministry there and hope to continue our discussion with them now that we are home. I heard the news and am SUPER excited for you guys. We miss you!

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