Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to catch up with YOKE and to keep our ministry in your prayers. As you might have gathered it’s been a busy time for us with a lot of transitions. I learned last December of Eli Cockrum’s plan to leave YOKE and launch his new business. Naturally, I was excited for him, but also concerned about filling the void he would leave behind, so my mind immediately began spinning with the possibilities.

I knew that we needed to have someone who was a strategic thinker, but who also possessed some of the shepherding gifts we would be losing in Eli. We had to have someone who loved students and who was passionate about our local schools. Ideally, it would be someone who already knew YOKE, understood how we do things, and was passionate about our mission. Even as I sat in the office adjusting to our new reality, one name came immediately to mind. When I mentioned Sarah Scheafnocker to Eli, the only question he had was, “do you think she would do it?”

As you’ll read in this month’s newsletter, Sarah has a long history with YOKE. She served as a YOKE Folk herself and worked at Camp BaYoCa. She has kids who have participated in YOKE’s programs. Through her role at First Baptist Concord, she was a vital partner with our mission and for the last year has served on our board of directors. Sarah joined our team at the end of March and has hit the ground running. We’re excited for you to get to know her as well. Please keep her in your prayers as together we face the challenges ahead.

One of the greatest challenges is our unprecedented need for volunteers as we plan to return to school campuses in the fall. I’m reminded of the verse that led John Coatney to launch YOKE back in 1977, Matthew 9:37: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.” Kids need YOKE now more than ever. Would you join us in prayer for more workers? “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

We’re glad to have you on the team!