Vision and Vocation

New Committee Chair with Tina and Jenny

L to R: Tracy Colunga (committee chair), O’Tina McKinstry, and Jenny Dickson.


Vision and Vocation: Bringing the Gospel to Long Beach Youth

My name is Jenny Dickson and I have the privilege of serving in ministry with Long Beach Young Life! Young Life is a ministry designed to bring the hope of Jesus to middle and high schoolers who do not attend church. We build relationships with students and share our faith in Jesus with them. Some of our FOL members have come to faith through Young Life (including Carl Vos and Kim Wada) and I have been blessed to have them serve on our leadership committee.

As a middle schooler, my life was greatly impacted by Godly adults who discipled me and modeled a life of prayer, reading the Word, and serving others. They treated me with care and spoke to me as a person, not just a child. This motivated me to become a middle school teacher. After teaching middle and high school and assisting my husband in youth ministry, I earned my masters in educational administration with the intention of becoming a principal. Once we started a family, I felt a strong desire to be home raising our kids. Five years ago, I sat down for a cup of coffee with a Young Life representative to talk about bringing the group to Long Beach. I had no idea that a conversation would eventually lead me to join a leadership committee and then, a few years later, to become a Young Life staff member.

Recent studies by the Barna Group show that 64% of students come to faith prior to the age of 18. Along with the challenges our generation faced as teenagers, youth today are bombarded with the pressures of social media and an overall decline in moral expectations. Students are searching for purpose and meaningful relationships. It is so rewarding to expose kids to the life of Christ and His Word and to see God change their hearts, desires, and lives.


Admiral Kidd Park Gang testimonies

Jaunae Gardner (right) giving her testimony to our kids at Admiral Kidd Park.



At Cabrillo High School, across the street from 5000 Pies, Young Life offers CLUB, a weekly opportunity for kids to get to know mentors, play games, eat, sing, and hear stories about Jesus. When students place their faith in Jesus, we invite them to meet with their adult mentor in a Connection Group to dig deeper in the Word. We currently have 20 students from Cabrillo in Connection Groups. We welcome your prayers as we prepare to take 30 students and 6 leaders to Woodleaf Young Life Camp June 18th-24th for the best week of their lives.

God has been teaching us that He is the Great Provider by developing partnerships with individual donors and churches. Last year, the Lord allowed us to bring Tina McKinstry on as part-time mission staff. God is using her in amazing ways to reach out to west Long Beach youth. He is also providing committee members to partner with us and support our leaders.

If you would like to serve through Young Life, contact Jenny Dickson via email at or at 831-521-4642.

To make a one time or monthly donation, visit our website or like us on FB, Instagram or Twitter. If you would like to receive online newsletters, please send your email address to Jon Wada at

Announcements 5-29-16


(Brooke, winner of the pie eating contest at the 5000th Pie Celebration!)

Members Meeting: June 5
FOL members, please join us for a brief meeting after the service on Sunday, June 5, 2016. We’ll vote to approve three members of the committee that will nominate two new members of the FOL Officers Team. The candidates for the Nominating Committee are Claudia Arce, Joe Gevas, and Andre Schmidt.

New Believer Training: May – July
For those who are new to the faith, please join us for weekly training sessions on Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm until Jul 6th. Sign up at the Info Table.

5th Grade Outreach: June 7
The Family Center will hold an afternoon class for students transitioning from 5th – 6th grade on June 7th at 3pm. Sign up your 5th grader at the Info Table.

Webster Carnival: June 9
If you want to help at Webster’s annual carnival on June 9th, please email Emily at

Family Camp Registration: June 5
Family Camp will be September 23 – 25th at Forest Home Campground. Registration will be first come, first served, from June 5th – August 30th, or until spaces are filled.

Life of Joseph Manuscript Study: June – August
A manuscript study on the life of Joseph will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30-8:30pm from June 15 – August 20, 2016. Please sign up at the Info Table if you are interested in attending.

FOL Summer Kick Off: June 17
Join us for our summer kick off at Silverado Park on Friday, June 17th at 5:30pm.

Men’s BBQ: June 18
Men of FOL will be gathering for their annual barbecue on June 18th from 12-4 pm. We will meet at the Family Center at noon. Please sign up at the Info Table on Sunday or e-mail