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An Evening of Information, Celebration and Fun with London Youth For Christ
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On November 12th and 13th, London Youth for Christ (YFC) hosted their annual Fun (d) Raising Banquets. The Hellenic Centre was filled to capacity both nights to enjoy a fine dinner and get to hear the London YFC year-in-review and objectives moving forward.

The event was hosted by YFC Executive Director James Coolidge. James is in the second year of a transition to the Executive Director position, as the long time Executive Director Bob Black is stepping back to a role of Senior Advisor.

James spoke about the role of YFC in the city of London, and its relevance. He explained that in early 2012, the board and executive addressed a very basic question: "With so many other great help organizations in the city, was there still a need for the Youth for Christ Ministry?"

The answer was provided in a short video with YFC staff interviews and more importantly, commentary from some of the many that have been helped by the ministry. The video and the presentations that followed made it very clear and confirmed that London’s YFC IS relevant and serves an important role in the city.

The audience of the banquet listened to heart-warming stories from three of the youth that not only found their way to YFC but also have found their way in discovering their potential and how to honour God and others with their lives.

Justin Dimoff, Director of the Streetlight Ministry said that in London, there are a few hundred youth living in homeless situations. Some live under bridges and in hostels, some are "couch-surfing" with people they know, some are struggling to hold a new apartment and job, and others are one cheque away from returning to this situation. Many come from and some continue to endure an abusive relationship. Their terrible hurt expresses itself in negative ways including anger and selfishness. Some of the youth begin to live out destructive lifestyles including drugs, gang activity, theft, and prostitution. They feel hopeless, marginalized, and lack a sense of belonging. Almost all street level youth lack any form of trust.

He went on to tell a few of the wonderful stories about the street ministry that is a cornerstone of the London YFC. The Streetlight mobile drop-in centre comes to the lot at the First Baptist Church just to provide a safe and creative place where street level youth can interact positively with caring adults, to keep them off the street and to encourage their mental, social, physical and spiritual development.

The next presentation was outstanding, a glimpse of a production by the Fridge Door Live Theatre Company. YFC in London works in partnership with Fridge Door Live Theatre Company, a weekly theatre program for youth with an interest in the performing arts. Three members of the cast presented a hilarious scene from their upcoming performance of the Three Wise Men and their journey to visit Baby Jesus. These three young people dressed in their 1940's gangster outfits had the audience in stiches as they bantered back and forth in well-done Brooklyn accents.

The evening was capped off with a performance by the very funny and talented Bob Cates. Bob and his “Clean Comedy” Comedy in Motion performance was a mix of interactive amazing juggling, wild black light laser effects and a finale where Bob successfully completes the world famous plate spinning demonstration with a total of 20 plates with no breakage!

Bob, a resident of Kitchener Ontario was twice awarded "Best Entertainer of the Year" at the Molson Canadian F.E.O. Awards in 1999 & 2001. He was nominated for Best Entertainer of the Year at the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Canadian Event Industry Awards and won the Most Difficult Trick Award at the RIT New York Juggling Festival. He performs as a headliner on luxury cruise ships for Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Cunard.

This was a great evening for those attending and a successful fund raiser to London YFC. About London Youth for Christ.

YFC/Canada is a chartered program of Youth for Christ International which operated in 100 countries around the world. The London area YFC was incorporated in 1963.

Throughout YFC's history there has been an unwavering commitment to youth evangelism and biblical Christianity. One of YFC's slogans over the past fifty years has been "Anchored to the Rock, Geared to the Times" - the message of the gospel will never change and YFC is flexible to creatively communicate this message of hope, grace and love in the context of different cultural settings.

To learn more about London Youth for Christ and the many programs offered, please visit