Well Run Race Supports Young Life

Well Run Race Supports Young Life

The Well Run Race Supports Young Life

An update from Young Life Area Director Matt Walker

In high school I drove a 1992 Acura Integra. Everything about this car was sporty and manly except for one thing– the color. It was an awkward light neon green. My friends constantly poked fun at me for my decision to drive this car. In my mind it didn’t matter because I knew of one other person who drove an Acura Integra like me—Chris Dove. And his was light purple! Every time a friend poked fun at my car, I knew it was okay because a man who was everything I wanted to be in life drove a less manly version of my car.

It was more than Chris’ car that made me want to be like him, though. Chris was good at video games and at ultimate frisbee, too. But there was one thing that set him apart from other adults I knew. The way Chris talked about Jesus made God sound like the most incredible person to ever live (which I found out to be true). Chris was a volunteer leader at Young Life, a Christian outfit that builds friendships with kids in the hopes of showing them what life is all about– fun, adventure, and a relationship with Jesus.

We are thrilled to be involved in the Well Run Race because community and students are two things that mattered to Chris. Young Life in Fauquier County has been involved in the lives of thousands of adolescents over the last 28 years. I’m forever thankful it did not stop before it reached Chris in the early 90’s. A few years later in 1999 Chris and Young Life reached me.  I am now the Area Director of Young Life in Fauquier County and our team of adults continue to get to know dozens of kids on a weekly basis– all because adults like Chris model the greatest example history has ever had of someone to serve community and love others– Jesus.

Thank you,
Matt Walker
Area Director
Fauquier Young Life

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