Dale Puckett, Director of Operations
“People are more important than programs” is one of the 6 foundational youth ministry principles we have taught thousands of youth workers around the world. At YouthHOPE, we believe that not just in word, but in deed and we do our best to model that in how we interact with our partners. This flows from our core value of “relationships”.
However, we don’t just believe that building relationships are a means to an end, but one of our desired outcomes. We are concerned about and care for our partners and co-workers around the world. For this reason we maintain regular communication with them. We pray for them and their needs daily each morning in our office before working. One of the highlights of our trips are spending time with them, sharing meals with them and encouraging them. And we have seen how God blesses that investment in relationships.
We currently have more than 10 partnerships that have been ongoing for more than three years. We have also seen how our partners have then come alongside us and mobilize with us to be a blessing to new places and new partners. In the last year, we have launched several new partnerships and some of them are too sensitive to mention the name of the countries or the partners. Even under the pressure of trying to stay off the radar, we have been so blessed by these new relationships.
Lastly, we value our relationship with you our supporters, donors and prayer partners. We couldn’t do it without you. We are so grateful that you have been faithful and generous with your time and resources. Because of our relationship, we can rejoice together that tens of thousands of young people have to the chance to know Jesus and experience the life in abundance that he came to give.