Hampton Roads is experiencing a surge of gun violence. Young people spent their afternoon leading a "Stop the Violence" forum. They put a spotlight on the grim reality for some youth in our community, as stated in the Virginian Pilot on June, 2022 and by our own youth.

"When I'm in school, I don't feel safe," said one student.

"Most of the concerns are tied to peer pressure," another student said.

"I see it a lot at my school," one middle schooler said about some classmates joining gangs.

Others students, they said, are falling into drugs and alcohol. One girl asked for adults to set an example. "Stop glamorizing guns and alcohol," she said. "Find other ways to fellowship rather than drinking and smoking."

YOURS teaches our youth that there is an alternative to what the world considers fun through our weekly sessions, recreational activities, and field trips. Our programs are geared to equip our youth with helping, life, and decision making skills. More importantly, our leaders and interns set an example of fellowship by sharing their testimonies and the message of God's love to all who enter our doors.

Will you pray with us… · That our youth will remain safe and make right decisions through these times.

· For partners who will assist as leaders, board members, and instructors.

· For continued wisdom in planning and expanding our upcoming meetings and activities · For those who will assist this Ministry in continued prayer and financial support.

Join us in praise… · For celebrating our students who successfully transitioned to the next grade

· For celebrating our four college summer interns who work with our youth this summer · For Mr. David and Mr. Richie in sharing their gift and love of music with our youth · For God’s faithfulness and the generosity shown by you in providing for this ministry Thank you for your invaluable support!

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