What is KLIFE?
KLIFE is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (KLUBs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), KLIFE kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They 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.
KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids 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.
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. Our desire is that kids would choose to participate in one of our small groups led by our staff and volunteer leaders. 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 to come alongside them as they navigate those difficult adolescent years. Supporting and surrounding our small group strategy are the more visible components of our ministry: weekly KLUB meetings, activities, events, and retreats. Weekly meetings consist of songs, games, skits, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
Take a look at the testimony video that was presented at this year's banquet that gives a glimpse into what God is going in Waco KLIFE:
Meet The Staff
Caleb Hitchcock | chapter director
Caleb is from West Palm Beach, Florida, where he attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and studied Ministry. He served two summers with Kanakuk Kamps at K-West, and he was also the Student Ministries Intern at his church in South Florida. Just before moving to Waco, Caleb married his best friend, Emily, who is now teaching second grade at Live Oak Classical School. This past April they welcomed their new baby boy, Owen, to the family. They are both beyond excited to continue to serve the youth of Waco together. Caleb has a passion for college and student ministry and believes that it is in those discipleship relationships that the love of God and the truth of the Gospel is best communicated.
Maisha Mitchell | Women's Director
Maisha is from Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from both Johnson County Community College and Oral Roberts University where she competed on the Women's Track and Field Team. She has spent the past five summers serving as a counselor and Women's Director at Kid's Across America Kamps. Furthermore, she spent this past year as a student of the Kanakuk Institute. Maisha is very enthusiastic about life and loves getting to know people. She is passionate about doing life with others, leading them to truth, and encouraging them to apply the Word to their everyday life. She is so looking forward to encouraging, equipping, and empowering the leaders and students of Waco KLIFE this year!
LJ Del Papa | INTERN
LJ is from Friendswood, Texas, and is currently a Junior at Baylor University studying Management and Communications. Through serving two summers with Kanakuk Kamps at K-West, and his two years of leadership with Waco KLIFE, LJ has developed a love and gift for ministry. He is also the chaplain of the student organization that he is a part of at Baylor, and serves by developing Christian community amongst the men through Bible study, community service opportunities, and fellowship. LJ is passionate about youth ministry and cares deeply about the discipleship of others. He is also excited about the opportunity to be a part of the mission of KLIFE in his role as Intern.
Becca Lucey | Intern
Becca is from Greensboro, North Carolina, and is a Sophomore at Baylor University majoring in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Non-Profit. For the past two summers Becca has served at JH Ranch, a Christian Family Ranch in Northern California. This is her second year as a small group leader and her first semester serving as KLIFE intern. She is passionate about growing in the gospel through the community that KLIFE provides and enjoys small group with her girls each week. Becca is especially passionate about building relationships with, discipling, and encouraging young women to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus. She is humbled by the opportunity to serve as KLIFE intern and is so excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing through Waco KLIFE!
ROB & LISA FUENTES
BOBBY & JENNIFER DEATON
CASEY & TAMMY HECTOR
TRAVIS & BERRY BLAKE
WESLEY & PAIGE BROOKS
The KLIFE Board is comprised of couples within the community looking to partner with KLIFE in its active pursuit of Christ. These couples serve to assist the ministry by faithfully praying, supporting and assisting the ministry. Each Board member is actively engaged in the ministry.
The heart of our ministry is small groups. Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade. They are led by young professionals and college students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids. Last year our leaders spent over 14,000 hours with their small group kids.
Each small group has one to three KLIFE volunteers (college age or older) or a KLIFE staff member leading it. The volunteer has been through an interview process with a staff member, has been background checked, and has signed a commitment to follow Christ in their own life. The groups are assembled according first to gender, then by groups of friends possibly covering a couple of grades, but are purposeful in bringing groups of kids together to build accountability relationships.
A small group meets once a week and studies the Bible or a biblically-based book keeping in line with the KLIFE curriculum. The time they meet is determined by the leader of the group based on when everyone is able to get together.
Join or Start a Small Group
For information about boys’ small groups, email or call Caleb Hitchcock: firstname.lastname@example.org | (561) 371-8803.
For information about girls’ small groups, email or call Maisha Mitchell: email@example.com | (816) 729-8896.
Current Small Groups
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LIVE is a digital curriculum that gets kids into the Bible and the Bible into kids. LIVE crafted lessons are easily understood, with principles that our leaders can grasp and pass along to students. Plus, the lessons emphasize discussion, dialogue, and meaningful connections among the group. This allows leaders and students to just enjoy spending time with one another and each will thrive with this curriculum.
Each KLIFE Small Group may use the interactive LIVE Curriculum to help each group be effective and focused. Your KLIFE Staff Director will set you and your group up in the system.
KICKOFF KLUB - September 10th
On September 10th we are holding our first official event of the year! All of the KLIFE community is invited: Small Groups, Super K, and PARENTS! We will be playing some games, eating great BBQ, and you will have a chance to see the newly remodeled Kave. KICKOFF will be held at The Kave (Our event location - 620 N Robinson Dr, Robinson, TX 76706).
DODGEBALL Tournament - November 4th
We are switching things up this year, and Waco KLIFE’s 13th Annual Dodgeball Tournament will be in the Fall! Another added feature is that this year it will be a FREE event! So come out with your team to win on November 4th, and let's battle it out on the court!
AMAZING CHASE - October 5th
Our annual scavenger hunt event around Waco is back! In this event, students will be on a multi-location hunt with their small group and leaders, discover clues, and complete destination mini games and puzzles. This year we opened it up to both Middle School and High School students! From the Kave, to Common Grounds and everywhere in between. On October 5, get ready for one Amazing Chase!
CHRISTMAS KLUB - December 3rd
Wrap up the semester with the most wonderful KLUB of the year! You thought KLUB was awesome before? Then you have not experienced a KLIFE Christmas KLUB. We’ll be playing ridiculous Christmas games, eating mouthwatering Christmas snacks, and watching one of the best Christmas movies! Join us on Sunday, December 3rd, at 6:00 for this not so silent night.
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How is KLIFE Funded?
KLIFE is only possible through the financial support of the generous donors. We are not financially connected to any outside source like Kanakuk Kamps, Baylor University, or a large corporate sponsor. We exist from the goodness of people like you who see the value in this ministry.
The majority of KLIFE funding comes from local families. These families either have students involved or believe in the mission of the ministry.
KLIFE also relies on local businesses to give monthly or to fundraisers.
Big and small churches also partner with KLIFE to give either annually or monthly.
KLIFE seeks funding through grant writing as well.
4 Ways to Support KLIFE
Donate once a year - Mark your calendar and make a donation annually. This can be at a fundraiser, at the beginning or end of every school year, or when it’s most convenient for you.
Mail a Check - All checks can be made out to KLIFE and can be given to any KLIFE board member or mailed to the building.
Voided Check - Give a board member a voided check with the amount you’d like to give and we will set up a monthly draft.
Give Online - You can give with a credit card, e-check, or debit card. You can also set up a recurring gift online.
In addition to money donations, we are now able to accept vehicle donations, jewelry, used cell phones, gift cards, stock, and much more! The proceeds from your donations will go towards impacting a youth culture for Christ.
We ask that you would prayerfully consider making a contribution today to further the impact this ministry can achieve. Thank you for your interest in this ministry and your generosity!
Make an online donation now or make a check payable to: Waco KLIFE PO Box 8577, Waco, TX 76714.
DO YOU USE AMAZON?
ATTENTION, AMAZON SHOPPERS!
If you are a frequent Amazon.com shopper, you could be donating to KLIFE without changing your shopping habits! We have partnered with Amazon Smile, a program from Amazon that gives money to organizations through online purchases. Would you please consider using Amazon Smile? Every little bit helps us, and this is an easy, convenient way to help the KLIFE team!
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. Choose the "select charity" button
3. Type K-life in the search bar (amazon still recognizes us as K-life, not KLIFE).
4. There will be several K-life Ministries pop up on your screen. Scroll to the one that has Waco, Texas as your location.
5. Once you select us, it should save us as your default ministry to donate to! If you bookmark the amazon smile main page, it should take you there every time without having to go through these steps again.
Thanks for being involved with KLIFE. We hope this is an easy way for you to give back, and help us continue to run our ministry to the best of our ability. We appreciate you!
For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all of our donors!
Casey and Tammy Hector, Brad and Amanda Holland, Harris Creek Baptist Church, Collins & Team Orthodontics, Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge, Focus Behavioral Associates, Brad and Melissa Harrell, Gordon and Valerie Robinson, Stuart and Tracy Redding, Rick and Suzanna Abbe, Highland Baptist Church, Chuck and Lisa Lewis, R&R Remodeling and Construction, Lucy Goodwin, Joel and Janet Porter, Mark and Robin Hines, Michael and Shayne Hope, Keith and Jeanie Johnson, Cameron and Irene Hitchcock, James and Judy Shields, Mike and Amy Williams, Tommy and Brandi Ross, Andi Fuentes, Stephen and Alyce Beard, Jimmy Webster, & Brennan and Laura Bailey.