The Unexpected

It was a rough night, the kids seemed tired and were really distracted. Dinner and games went well enough but during our Bible study and discussion time, it just didn’t spark much interest or conversation like it typically does. After wrapping up, I decided to play some card games as parents would start trickling in to pick up the kids. As the night wound down, I found myself in a completely unexpected conversation with Jason. He began to open up about his current struggle in weighing the cost of choosing the life of Christ vs. his addictions. What an amazing opportunity I was able to have in sharing how God’s Spirit can transform and empower us from the inside out!
Through your support of Youth 71Five Ministries, we are reaching these kids even in the in-between moments building their trust and providing places for them to be vulnerable. Thank you for playing a vital part in our relational ministry!
SHANE SKIRVIN,  71Five City – Liberty Park Coordinator  
(541) 646-1475 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


the best we can do is pray 🙏

As the relationship develops between the youth and I, their relationship with God continues to grow as well. Sara for example, had been telling me about her best friend Allison with whom she has a special connection. Sara wanted her to come to club however Allison’s parents aren’t Christians and didn’t want her attending a faith-based event. Every week Sara would communicate how sad she was and how she wanted Allison to share in the fun she experiences. I pulled Sara aside to tell her the Good News “I can’t change Allison’s circumstances however God can. The best thing we can do is pray for her.”
The following week, Sara arrived to club in tears. She informed me that not only can Allison not come to club moreover her parents have forbidden her to be Sara’s friend. I offered a couple solutions to resolve the conflict but most importantly said, “Let’s pray!” A couple days later I received a phone call from Sara. She was so excited to tell me that Allison’s parents were going to allow her to come to club! I asked her if she thanked the good Lord for answering her prayers in which she replied “Yes!”
Allison has been attending club regularly for a couple months now. She absolutely loves it and is signed up for 71Five Camp this summer. Just as 71Five leaders communicate— hope can be found in a relationship with God that can make an eternal difference in a young person’s life.
FARRAH GUTHRIE,  71Five Campus – Grants Pass Coordinator  
(541) 840-6544 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


kacey’s surprise

Kacey shared her confusion with us on her second night attending 71Five Parents. She asked, “Isn’t this a Christian place?” I agreed, “Yes it is.” She continued with, “I am surprised you would have a group for us; don’t you see our babies as sins?” I could see the eyes of everyone else seeking the same answer. That night they left hearing that God loved each of them, loves each of their babies, and created them all for a purpose.
Thank you for caring! With your prayers, time, and financial partnership; young parents like Kacey can have a safe place where they can belong, and be affirmed of their identity in Christ.
TERESA TONINI,  71Five Parents Coordinator  
(541) 941-1143 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


My Hope

“You’re the one I trust!” A young girl who comes to the 71Five Campus ‘club’ every week said these words to me privately as we were wrapping up one night. This young girl has been struggling mentally… emotionally… and spiritually for a year… or longer. She has chosen little by little to open up about her life and the things she’s going through. It’s clear she desires for someone to hear her and I desire to be the one who listens. We’ve bonded through fun times at club each week, listening, and showing her that I am here for her. We’ve developed a real, trusting relationship. My greatest hope is that the trust she’s placed in me will lead her to find real hope and an authentic trusting relationship with Jesus. Our hope at 71Five is that young people will discover and believe Christ’s great love and proclaim the words, “God, you’re the one I trust!”
Thank you for the work you do to provide opportunities to be here for the young people in our community.
MELANIE CIENFUEGOS,  71Five Campus – Phoenix Talent Coordinator  
(541) 671-4128 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Fresh Start

I first met Andrew in October while delivering lunches to kids in West Medford. Two middle school aged boys were riding by on skateboards. I attempted to wave them down asking if they needed any lunches. Without even looking at me they both stated, “We’re good!” as they passed by. I responded, “I’ve got chocolate milk!” Andrew made a quick U-turn and said, “You should have just said you had chocolate milk…” as he took a half gallon. A couple of months later, while kids were arriving at our Christmas celebration, I went out to greet two of our regular girls from 71Five City youth group meeting we call ‘club’. As I approached the car Andrew was sitting in the front seat with the girl’s mom. Come to find out Andrew is their big brother. I asked, “Wow bro, when are you going to come check out club?” He said, “I don’t know, isn’t it for kids.” A few days later, I followed up with his mom and she explained he had gotten into trouble and must go to court soon… Fast forward to March, the day after St. Patty’s day, I see the two girls and their big brother Andrew walking in the front door of club. The girls rushed to their regular seats to have dinner. I asked Andrew, “Are you dropping them off?” He replied, “Nope, I’m staying.” Andrew came right in, joining the other kids eating green pancakes, drinking green leprechaun juice, and competing in a very serious game of musical chairs. I was able to chat with him a little during his visit. He shared that he was nervous about going to court and that he hoped to get probation. When I asked him what he thought about club. He said, “I like it, I’ll be coming back.”
Thank you for providing a safe place at 71Five where kids like Andrew can come and get a fresh start.
KEN RUIZ  71Five City – West Medford Coordinator  
(916) 519-4679 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Breadsticks and Jesus

A few of the youth who attend 71Five Campus in Gold Hill also attend the worship services at the church where our youth group (club) meets. A while back, one of the boys from club was at church with his grandpa. After the service, there was an extended meeting of which his grandfather was a part. Instead of leaving the boy to hours of boredom, I seized the opportunity to invite him to lunch. As we sat and talked over some pizza and cinnamon breadsticks, he began to tell me part of his story. He opened up about difficult family situations filled with abandonment and brokenness. By the grace of God, I was able to share with him a relationship with God is the building block on which every other healthy relationship is built. On the walk back to the church he said, “I am glad I get to go to club.” To me, this was a great testimony to how God is using you (and me) through 71Five to reach into the hearts and lives of the lost and hurting youth in our community.
Thank you for praying and supporting these kids who return to 71Five week after week to hear that a life with Jesus is a life filled with hope.
DANIEL PETERSON,  71Five Campus – Gold Hill Coordinator  
(541) 761-7589 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB



“I NEED HELP AND NO ONE IS HELPING! I want to change; I don’t want to use and drink anymore but I don’t know how!” This is music to my ears because I have been there, and I know the solution. So often, until we come to the end of ourselves we don’t give Jesus much to work with—He requires us to surrender to Him. Dylan was a hard-fisted young man, short in stature and tough as nails with a ruddy face and a big heart. He is a natural leader who, even though he is younger than most of the other boys, they all look up to him and respect him. Jesus heard his cry and met him right there that night in detention.
Thank you for your partnership in ministry. Whether it’s your time and talent or financially—you are reaching kids in tough places and changing lives forever.
BEAU JESKA,  71Five Justice Coordinator  
(541) 601-9631 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Pregnant teen finds hope

I recently went to a training on Adverse Childhood Experiences. One of the things that stood out to me is how science has proven that having just one supportive person in your life makes a dramatic difference in a person’s overall wellbeing. It literally reduces everything from depression to cancer. I’ve seen the reality of one caring adult in a kid’s life can mean the difference between life and death.
One girl I worked with years back is now 19. She’s had a massive amount of Adverse Childhood Experiences, bouncing from one foster home to another. She recently contacted me out of the blue sharing she was in an abusive relationship and about to go to Planned Parenthood. I asked if she might be pregnant. She said there was a good possibility. I told her I know a better alternative and got her in touch with Teresa, our 71Five Parents Coordinator who works with teen moms. Teresa picked her up, got her to the Pregnancy Center, moved her into a better home, and spent the entire day with her. The girl is pregnant, but now she’s excited to have her baby, is surrounded by people showing her the love of Jesus, and is hearing the Word of God weekly. She recently posted on Facebook, “I’m doing better than ever!”
Just like those scientific studies have found, a trusting relationship with a caring adult really can change a life. Are you ready to change lives? Visit us at to get involved.
TIM HARDY,  71Five Campus Director and 71Five Campus – North Medford Coordinator  
(541) 840-0960 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


without a future

I saw a picture of a smiling young man dressed in welding gear in a photo. I asked Larry our 71Five VoTech Coordinator to tell me his story. Larry responded, “He’s one of my favorite students, I told you about him. He’s the kid who showed up with his hoodie pulled over his head, a dog mask on his face, hands shoved deep in his pockets and he wouldn’t participate in the program, he wouldn’t even speak when spoken to… Today he’s a top welder, he bought an expensive helmet and is having a special welding glove made because he has missing fingers. He also bought a truck; he’s performing an engine change at his house and becoming an amazingly independent adult.” I responded, “Really?!… that can’t be the same kid!!” What an incredible transformation!!
This young man has deep scars, both physical and emotional. When he was six, he was trapped in a house fire. He was burned over 70% of his body and his mom died in the fire protecting him. He’s gone through many, many surgeries to repair his scarred body. As Larry put it, “he showed up thinking he was damaged goods without a future”. This young man needed vocational training but more than that he needed an adult who would respectfully push through the hard exterior, build trust and lead him to hope. Hope for this life as well as hope for the next.
Thank you for providing trust that leads to hope!!
BUD AMUNDSEN,  71Five Executive Director  
(541) 301-0897 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB


Showing Up

Olivia is a sweet, sensitive, and smart girl. She’s also a self-proclaiming introvert … very shy, doesn’t like change or loud noises. The smallest of crowds give her anxiety. One would think that not having to leave home would be an introvert’s dream, yet that was not the case for Olivia. She’s attended 71Five Mentors for over 3 years. When we went virtual because of COVID, she felt a sense of loss. “Since my family doesn’t have a car, going to 71Five was the only time I ever really left my home.” In January, we relaunched our Elementary Club and Olivia was the first to arrive! She was extra excited to return and shared, “My favorite part is being able to spend quality time with other people.”
71Five doesn’t only exist to share the gospel with young people, but to share God’s story through trusting relationships. For Olivia, this meant showing up, sitting together for dinner, participating in our bible message, and engaging in our activities. For a young girl who is introverted, shy, and anxious in crowds, Olivia understood spending quality time with others was worth stepping out of her comfort zone. Thank you for creating a safe and comfortable environment for the most vulnerable of kids to want to come and be a part of 71Five.
DARLENE HARPER,  71Five Mentors Coordinator  
(805) 202-9125 |
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB