Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matthew 9:37

YOKE Story by Anne Snyder

The harvest is plentiful, and the workers are indeed few. Luckily for me, a few of the finer workers happen to be in my life. At the age of 16 when God got my attention, it was those workers that gave me growth in my new faith. They were servant-hearted, they pursued me, and they legitimately loved God. They encouraged me to get involved in our church serving younger students who may have heard about Jesus many times but might not have gotten it yet. I grew.

College introduced me to YOKE. I met Stephanie Enger, who was serving as the Knox County Coordinator, during Welcome Week at the University of Tennessee. I may have been her easiest recruit ever. I knew God was calling me into middle school ministry, and YOKE seemed to fit the bill exactly.

I served at two schools during college, Northwest and West Valley. Both schools challenged me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I learned to patiently persevere in ministry, to pursue meaningful friendships with students, and to share my faith with kids. Most of all, I learned how important it is for students, whether in church or not, to continually be confronted with the transformational truth of Jesus.

As I prepared to begin grad school, little by little I began to see God redirecting my plans. I made an appointment with Chris Edmonds, the executive director, to see if there was any chance I could be considered for an open position at YOKE, and I guess the rest is history.

YOKE has offered me a chance to be one of the workers in a harvest of more volume that I could have anticipated. Kids really can understand who Jesus is and what He did for them. Thanks be to God for His faithfulness and grace in my own life to save me and lead me into full-time service to Him!