The Day Everything Changed

March 25, 2020


Tuesday, October 1, 2019. That date may mean something to you or it may have no significance to you at all. Just one of the many days you have lived through. It was just another day that I will soon forget what things happened, what I ate, and what I wore. It wasn’t my birthday, no one died that I was close to, no significant thing happened to me that will make me remember Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Kelsey, on the other hand, will remember that date for the rest of her life. She will remember who she was with, where she was, and maybe even remember the smells around her. It wasn’t because of some tragedy; it was because on this day, Kelsey experienced the hope, love and forgiveness that can only come from Jesus!

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in a small town in Indiana, a senior in high school, with a lot of past hurts and pains, sat across from a caring adult and heard about the living God who loved her so much He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for her sins. And not only did He die for her, but He came back to life to give her hope (to give all of us hope), and if she would believe in this loving God and what He did through His son Jesus,  she would have eternal life.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, while I was watching Netflix or running a random errand, one of YFC’s adult leaders was speaking truth into a young lady’s life. While you were driving in the car, sweeping the floor, or eating dinner, Kelsey’s life was being changed forever!

Throughout Northern Indiana, God is moving! He is making ordinary Tuesdays unforgettable in the lives of teenagers. He is shining light into the darkness. He is changing the seemingly unchangeable. He is bringing hope to the hopeless.

There is a movement happening. People who love Jesus are coming together to bring hope to the next generation, and I’m humbled and excited to be a part of it. Thank you for your support and for helping impact young people like Kelsey! Thank you for making Tuesday, October 1, 2019, a day she will never forget!

*Names in this story have been changed to respect the privacy of those we serve.


Traever Wieland, Chief Optimization Officer