City Life | Eric

Summer is Here

Jobs Partnership

Jobs Partnership

This past Monday night at club we had the opportunity to talk to our students about the LGBT community and God’s response to people who identify in this group. Our discussion that night really made an impact into how we ought to live with and treat members of the LGBT community.  Students had many questions, and the dialogue really stirred their hearts as they considered God’s heart.  

We are pleased to announce that City Life will have two summer staff joining our already amazing team: Karen Jackson and Matt Wallace.  Karen has served faithfully for the past 2 years as an adult leader in the ministry and will be diving-in even more this summer.  Meanwhile, Matt has just begun to discover what City Life is all about over this past month.  We are so very excited to have these two serving alongside us this summer and can’t wait to see how God will use these servants in the lives of students.  

Another amazing reality is that Jay Pearson will be easing back into ministry throughout the course of summer, coming back from lymphoma this past school year.  In honor of the hockey playoffs, we will be skating at full strength soon!  We invite your prayers this summer as we continue to pursue students with the love, grace, and truth of what it means to follow Jesus. 

Special Invitation to Give:

This summer we have two experiences we are hoping to bring City Life Students to:

  1. Justice Trip to Philadelphia (June 12-19)  cost per person $400

  2. YFC Camp to Lampe, MO (Aug 1-7) cost per person $575

Would you consider a special gift to send an urban teen on one of these trips?

New Opportunities

Learning God's Ways

Learning God's Ways

We are excited about a new opportunity with a program called Jobs Partnership. This faith-based 12 week program started last week for 12 students from City Life along with 2 of our adult leaders. The goal is to instruct students on various topics needed to help improve their personal life and workplace performance. Pray with us to see hearts and attitudes change towards life, others and work through this opportunity.

I wanted to say thank you to those of you who responded to our fundraising campaign in December.  For City Life Peoria, we were able to raise an additional $1,450/month for 2016.  We had 64 people either increase their current contribution to City Life Peoria or jump on our support team for the first time.  What a blessing! We love partnering with you to reach the teens of this city.

Jay Pearson, my ministry co-laborer, is doing well these days. Can you believe he has made it through 6 rounds of chemotherapy over the last 4 months? Well, he is kicking cancer’s tail. Next up is a stem cell transplant procedure scheduled for February. This proactive step is to help limit the possibility of any sort of return for the cancer. This is a rather lengthy process and we invite you to keep him and his family in your prayers still…thanks!  

Finally, I ask you to pray for a student named “Samantha.”  She is a senior in high school and expecting her first child in February. Pray that God will use relationships around her, including our City Life leaders, to support, love, and help her as she navigates her new reality of motherhood while finishing up high school this semester.  

As 2015 ended, we told all who would listen, “YFC finances are behind”. We prayed and we asked for a generous December. And Then … It Happened. People gave a bunch. We finished our 1/2-year budget of $485,000 ahead by 2%. Thank you, friends. Thank You, Jesus! We hope you will continue generously, because Jan-March income is typically lower than the rest of the year. Wow. That was big. Happy New Year!!!

- Dan L

Can't Keep A Good Man Down


Ministry for the 2015-2016 school year has started for City Life. We have met 3 times as a large group and had our first student leadership team meeting. We gathered our adults for our first monthly meeting and our small groups have started. Tutoring is right around the corner, and new partnerships are being pursued. We’re dreaming about and planning for the future however something is missing…better yet someone is missing.

As some of you may know, my ministry partner, Jay Pearson, has been sick and in quite a bit of pain for the past 6-7 weeks.  He has recently received a diagnosis of lymphoma and will learn about his treatment options soon.  

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Pray - this is obvious, ask God for healing, comfort, patience, and a deeper trust in Him for all things for Jay and his family.  If you want an idea for that, pray Psalm 139 over him.  
  2. Participate in a blog/message board at:    
  3. Bless the Pearson’s with a meal / simply drop off dinner, say hello, and move on with your day.  search: Pearson / password: r116  
  4. When you think of City Life pray for our leadership teams in place, both adults and students, as we all are missing Jay’s presence in this season.  Ask God to help us to carry this mission forward as we eagerly await his return.  

You truly can’t keep a good man down!  Jay is in good spirits and has an amazing circle of care around him, starting with his wife Ja’nice and his family.  Jay has a faith and trust in God that I don’t find in many people but we know that when the battle is (potentially) long. Like Moses we all need people to come along side us and hold our arms up when we get weary in the journey.  

Thanks in advance for keeping Jay and the Pearson’s close in your heart in the weeks to come!  

camp, camp, camp!

Well, it is right around the corner…!  For the second year in a row we are going to Carolina Point, NC, for a crazy-fun and amazing week at YFC Camp!  Such a highlight of the ministry year for City Life.  Last year we were able to take 40+ people to camp from the inner city and this year we are hoping to bring even more 1st timers to this potentially life changing week in the Appalachian Mountains.

Our City Life leaders have been in the process of getting our students ready as well as helping everyone fundraise the $475/each to go to camp.  Car Washes, gardening, volunteering for the Park District, bagging groceries, lawn care, and the Midwest Food Bank are some of the ways that these amazing students are earning their way to participate in camp.  Fundraising has been going well, however it is a daunting challenge for many students in our ministry to come up with the financial resources to experience camp.  So the question is this:  Would you be willing to help a City Life Student get there?  If you already give to City Life/YFC, THANK YOU.  We’d love it if this would be in addition to what you already give.  If you don't give already and are looking for a specific need, well, what an opportunity to help a specific student have an experience like camp offers!!!  Please prayerfully consider how you could be a part.

Another week long ministry opportunity that 9 students + 2 leaders will be taking part in, is called Mission Peoria!  This “at home” mission experience will challenge our students to take the next step in their journey of faith and hopefully we will get to watch God move in and through them in some new ways!  

God has been moving this summer throughout our small group and large group gatherings.  And as we are now a little more than half way through the summer we invite you to continue to ask God to keep moving and rocking our lives with His grace and truth.  

What is City Life?

City Life is an effective ministry model to transform the lives of urban youth, their families and the communities that they live in. The City Life model provides a strategic way to pursue every young person in urban communities all over the USA.