Testimonials

“I do ministry because I have a passion to see youth be successful in life and be God fearing people. So often, especially in the urban context we see so many youth who are settling for less, a mentality of less, going after less in education, settling for the easy way to money instead going for the hard work of school, and even in their relationship with Christ

~~Audie Diggs, LA 90º Certification 

“The biggest thing I see God doing in my life is he has helped me forgive people, I used to have a big problem forgiving people and letting go of things.  The more I started to pray & read my bible and talk to God; I realized that I needed to let go of some things. For example with my Dad, when he left my Mom & I didn’t have a father figure anymore & I used to be very angry but know I realize that I just need to pray more and go to God to help me through it.  I encourage other young people to have a relationship with God because it can really help you with your problems. Praying & going to God is the best thing because no one can give you answers like God. It’s also important for me to have a youth leader in my life because It’s someone I can always go talk to. I’ve also seen some positive changes in my life such as my social life. I used to be very quiet & shy didn’t want to talk to anyone my age because I was always afraid they would judge me but being involved in my youth ministry has helped me open up and feel more confident. Another thing that’s improved is my attitude, I’ve learned how respond the right way so that I’m heard with out being loud or negative.”

 ~H.S. Freshman female student in Audie Digg’s ministry

“By having a youth leader like Audie in my life I have someone I can go always go talk to & he will always give me the right advice, even things that maybe I’m not comfortable talking to my parents. I’ve also seen positive change in my life since being a part of my youth ministry, it gave me a wake up call, I have to be respectful and doing the right things because lying to people will not get you trusted and talking back and not respecting others will just come back to you and you wont get that respect back either. When I was younger I didn’t respect adults & I was more of a follower but now I’ve learned to be more of a leader & to respect others. I know God is changing stuff up in my life & think he is putting me through these situations to see if I can handle it but I know he has good things in store for me. “

~H.S. Junior male student Audie Digg’s ministry

“By having a youth leader like Audie in my life I have someone I can go always go talk to & he will always give me the right advice, even things that maybe I’m not comfortable talking to my parents. I’ve also seen positive change in my life since being a part of my youth ministry, it gave me a wake up call, I have to be respectful and doing the right things because lying to people will not get you trusted and talking back and not respecting others will just come back to you and you wont get that respect back either. When I was younger I didn’t respect adults & I was more of a follower but now I’ve learned to be more of a leader & to respect others.

I know God is changing stuff up in my life & think he is putting me through these situations to see if I can handle it but I know he has good things in store for me. “

~H.S. Junior male student Audie Digg’s ministry

Because of UYWI Reload events, the leaders in my youth ministry and I have been blessed by being equipped with great resources and teachings to lead our urban youth better!
~Evan Hairston
Revolucion Juvenil in Van Nuys, CA

 

 

 

It was through UYWI that I was empowered and trained to see the kingdom of God in my city and how to be a leader of change and influence to the youth and families in my neighborhood.  I went to all the conferences since 2002, I was a part of a Learning Community in 2006, I attend RELOAD and take youth to those trainings, and I’ve signed up to be part of The WELL this year.  As I mature in my faith, I understand that my approach to youth ministry has to evolve as well, and this is why I stay connected to UYWI.

~Omar Cova, Director of Student Development
Kidworks, Santa Ana, CA

UYWI has given me long-term “health care” for my ministry and personal life.  …Whenever I meet new youth ministers, I always ask if they’re involved with UYWI, then I “evangelize” them if the answer is “no.”
~Corey Rose
Hilltop Community Church, Richmond, CA  94806

 

The networking and fellowship I have found has enriched and refreshed me, and has been an encouragement to continue in the work God has given me to do.
~Johnny Cabrera, Pastor of Youth and Outreach
Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Monterey Park, CA

I graduated seminary and became a full time youth pastor shortly after. My first day at work I had to counsel two young men who had dropped out of school and were in trouble with the law—they do not teach you this part of ministry in seminary. I was introduced to UYWI, and it was truly God’s plan that I connect with such a wonderful organization.  UYWI has provided me with such excellent resources and a brotherhood without which I may have burned out before I finished one full year of youth ministry.
~Rodney Mason
Berean Christian Church, Atlanta, GA

As an emerging urban youth worker trying to figure out ‘how to make it,’UYWI gave me hope – as it does to so many – in realizing that I was not alone in my endeavors. UYWI offered me instruction and leadership in how to effectively reach inner city youth.  UYWI has continued to inspire, connect, and guide me towards effective transformational ministry as we pursue what it means to raise a new generation of urban youth who follow Jesus.
~Angel Ruiz
Young Life, Western Division

The training that UYWI offers is a valuable resource for sharing and learning with like-minded  individuals whose focus is helping young people discover their destiny.
~David Byrd
Apostolic Church of God, Chicago, IL

UYWI teaches leaders to be continuously aware of what’s going on around the world when it comes to young people and it challenges them with new ways to reach them. They show leaders how to help their students respond to the Gospel in a social media world.
~Dorrien Hinsey
Compass Community Church, Cincinnati, OH