I love the way The Message translates the words of Jesus in Matthew 5! “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine!”

For nearly 50 years now, YOKE has been doing just that – shining in the darkness, bringing out the God-colors in our world. The impact of this ministry was so evident in November as we returned with our students to Camp Ba Yo Ca for YOKE’s Color Wars. Coming out of the pandemic, it was the first camp experience for many kids and leaders. For some though, it was a return to the familiar. “It was the best,” said one YOKE Folk. “It felt so good to be back at YOKE Camp with my favorite people.” There was God-color everywhere!

Our world now includes students and volunteer leaders at 31 schools across Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Jefferson, and Grainger Counties. And our reach extends way beyond our service area! Our team recently had the opportunity to share about YOKE with more than 1500 people in attendance at the Christian Community Development Association National Conference in Kansas City, and we led a workshop there for youth ministers engaged in school-based programs around the country. Missionaries around the country are being inspired, equipped, and mobilized to do what the Coatneys started doing in 1977 at Christenberry Junior High.

None of this would be possible without you. Now you have an incredible opportunity to double your impact. An anonymous donor who believes in our mission has generously offered to match all gifts to YOKE through the end of the year, up to a total of $25,000. Every dollar you invest in our ministry will be doubled! $50 becomes $100, $500 becomes $1,000, $5,000 becomes $10,000 and an investment of $25,000 becomes $50,000 toward the life-changing ministry of YOKE. This kind of year-end investment would propel YOKE’s ministry forward in 2022 and enable us to shine even brighter.

Would you prayerfully consider how you might help us reach that goal this month? Checks can be mailed to YOKE at P.O. Box 3492, Knoxville, TN 37927. Or make a secure gift online anytime. We’re so glad to have you on the team.




Jonathan Haskell
Executive Director