Mission Spotlight: Columbia KLIFE

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Columbia KLIFE is a local ministry partner of The Crossing that receives monthly support and has been well connected to the church for many years.

Upcoming Events:
Columbia KLIFE is hosting a Dessert Night Sunday, May 1st from 3:30-5:00, and their annual Golf Tournament is Monday, June 6th. You can also to DONATE to KLIFE HERE. For more info about these events contact Chapter Director, Brandon Briscoe: brandon.briscoe@klife.com .

Ministry Overview:

KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the Columbia community to teach and encourage kids (4th-12th grade) to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.

Historically, KLIFE’s target audience has been students who have grown up in to Christian culture. These students may have grown up going to church or going to Kanakuk Kamps (a Christian, sports summer camp that KLIFE supports.)

KLIFE believes it is critical to minister to these students because they have seen how students can gain knowledge of the Bible and learn to recite the “right” Christian answers to questions. However, these same students may still have no real understanding of the Gospel of Christ, nor have they yet been transformed  by the Gospel by God’s grace. KLIFE’s mission is to see students transformed by God’s grace and plugged into the local church.

IMG_8895Klub and large group activities: One to Many
The more visible components of KLIFE’s ministry involve large groups where KLIFE kids grow in their understanding of grace & faith through a variety of activities while having lots of fun:

Weekly Klub:

  • Mondays 6:30-7:45p for middle school students
  • Mondays 8:15-9:30p for high school students
  • Meetings consist of songs, games, skits and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.

Activities:

  • Mission trips
  • Ski trips
  • Monthly Super-K (one Friday a month from 4:00-5:00p for 4th and 5th grade students)
  • Special events/retreats (Dodgeball tournaments, mystery trips, etc.)

Any student is welcome to these high-energy, gospel-centered events! Kids learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care.

IMG_0239Small Groups: One to Few
Large group activities serve to support and surround small groups. The heartbeat of KLIFE lies in the ability to build relationships with kids and bring the content of God’s word to bear on those relationships. It is KLIFE’s desire that kids would choose to participate in one of the small groups led by KLIFE staff and volunteer leaders. In small groups, students who are the same age and gender meet together with a couple of college-aged volunteers. They play games and have fun together while also digging into Scripture with each other. The purpose of these groups is for kids to gain a greater knowledge of God’s word, build Godly relationships with peers, and have access to a mentoring leader who can come alongside them as they navigate the difficult adolescent years.

Discipleship: One to One
Students have the opportunity to be personally/spiritually invested in by a college leader or a staff person with the goal that they will gain even greater understanding of grace and grow in faith in the Gospel.

IMG_0384Challenges KLIFE faces:
Like many other ministries, the biggest challenge for KLIFE is fundraising. KLIFE is supported by groups and churches within the Columbia community–including the Crossing. KLIFE is also funded by individuals, families, and through various fundraising events. Columbia KLIFE is not funded by outside organizations like Kanakuk Kamps.

You can support Columbia KLIFE in various ways:

  • monthly donations
  • regular prayer for KLIFE staff, volunteers & kids
  • even donating coffee!

Please pray for KLIFE:

  1. That God would cause a revival to happen in the lives of students and families of COMO; that they would be transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
  2. That our staff, board members, and leaders would increase in their knowledge and understanding of God’s love, as well as, be evermore rooted and grounded in His love.
  3. That God’s will would be done in Columbia KLIFE.

Meet the KLIFE Staff:

BrandonKarisRileyBRANDON BRISCOE: Chapter Director
Cell Phone: (214) 649-5956
E-mail: brandon.briscoe@klife.com
Brandon Briscoe join the Columbia KLIFE staff in August 2013. He received his B.A. in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University. He is married to his beautiful wife, Karis, who is a Columbia native with longstanding ties to The Crossing. They have a beautiful baby girl named Riley Joy who was born in August 2015. Brandon and Karis both have a strong passion for middle school, high school, and college students alike. Their mission is to do life alongside students in order to help them understand the gospel, grace, and love of Jesus Christ. Brandon is also an assistant football coach at Gentry Middle School.

MICHAEL MUELLER: Men’s Director
E-mail: michael.mueller@klife.com
MichaelMuellerMichael was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri pursuing medical school in the fall of 2016. He joined KLIFE two years ago as a small group leader and has joyfully served at Kanakuk K-7 since 2014. When he’s not curing cancer, Michael enjoys reading, dancing in Christmas-themed onesie pajamas, training for triathlons, and singing along to everything, with most of the correct lyrics. More than anything, he desires for the Lord to use him to make Columbia KLIFE the most welcoming environment for students to feel at home and have the opportunity to experience all that life is intended to be in Him. He is currently interviewing for doctor stuff.

AUDREY HIGH: Women’s Director
E-mail: audrey.high@klife.com
AudreyHighAudrey joined the Columbia KLIFE staff in August 2015. She was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Audrey grew up as a camper at T Bar M Camps in New Braunfels, Texas where God grew her love for camp ministry and good ol’ fashioned fun. She worked throughout her college summers at T Bar M and watched the Lord foster in her a desire to pour into younger girls all her life. After graduating from SMU, Audrey participated in a year long discipleship program at T Bar M called the Timothy Team. Undoubtedly one of the most valuable experiences of her life, this program taught her what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, how to study God’s word, and how to call others to do the same. Audrey is passionate about building relationships and teaching God’s word. When not doing one of those two things, you can find her in a local coffee shop, on a hike, or planning her next adventure.

Information about the national KLIFE organization can be found here: http://klife.com

Sources:
Email interview with Brandon Briscoe
http://columbia.klife.com/

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