The Buchanan, Grand Bassa County branch of the Younglife Club has positively impacted the lives of over 200 young people, thereby encouraging them to believe in Jesus Christ and become Christians.
The head of the young people’s Christian group, Elijah Johnson, made the disclosure over the weekend during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at the close of their 4th Camp Retreat, held over three days at the Caring for Tomorrow’s Generation Orphanage in Upper Harlandsville Township, Grand Bassa County.
Johnson said the group was established on October 6, 1941 by a young Presbyterian, Madam Jim Raber, in Dallas, Texas, USA, with the aim of bringing young people, who have not had the opportunity to join churches, together to make them Christians “so their lives can be changed from darkness to light.”
He mentioned that Madam Raber, who had the vision to change the lives of young people, started the organization in Colorado Springs in the USA along with five other missionaries, and first worked with young people from poor communities in the US, encouraging them to forget about street life. They subsequently became Christians and started living better lives.
Johnson told this newspaper that the fourth camp retreat brought together about 100 delegates (both genders) from the various schools in Buchanan and its environs, who exchanged cell phone numbers, studied the Bible, fellowshipped with one another through sporting activities, including football, kickball, volleyball, among others.
He thanked the chief executive and director of the orphanage home, Madam Dehsaywren Tukpah-Colnoe, for allowing them to use the premises for the retreat.
The delegates separately commended the Younglife Club for the success of the retreat, which they described as educative, informative and entertaining.
Also speaking to this newspaper, the CEO and founder of the orphanage, Madam Tukpah-Colnoe, praised the group for the high level of discipline they exhibited during the retreat, which she described as peaceful.