Paul Anderson Youth Home is here to provide transformational change for troubled young men and their families. To accomplish this, we focus on four priorities: planting God’s word in their lives and discipling them in His Word, providing a fully accredited college preparatory high school and vocational training, providing therapeutic counseling with a substance abuse component, and providing a transition program for young men reentering society
By pursuing these long-term, we are trusting God to build generations of strong families that will help transform our culture. We know that lives can only be transformed by the grace of God through faith in the sacrificial work of our Lord Jesus Christ – the gift of His son. We believe this leads to a ripple effect, touching their families, their future wives and children, and others for generations to come.
Every December I see many Christmas decorations and commercials and I am struck by what the world sees as “great Christmas gifts.” Toys, video games, gadgets, electronics, jewelry, clothes, you name it… Gifts, gifts, gifts! The National Retail Federation estimates that the average American will spend $700 on Christmas gifts this year, totaling more than $465 billion.
All this focus on gifts misses the point. Christmas isn’t about an abundance of expensive gifts – Christmas is about a single priceless gift to all mankind. Over 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son, Jesus, who came to the earth in human form to save sinful men from death and restore their relationships with Him. It is the most priceless gift ever given throughout all of history.
But it doesn’t stop there; without the priceless gift of Jesus Christ, nothing we do will have eternal value, but because He sent His Son to save us, we have His message of good news to share. It’s a gift that changes lives for eternity. Instead of being separated from God, we will enjoy Him and praise Him forever. There is no greater gift we can receive than to be forgiven of our sins and be allowed to repent, leave the path to destruction, and walk the path that leads to life.
A changed life is priceless!