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.
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. They are both beyond excited to have the chance 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.
Sarah Kranick | Women's Director
Sarah is from Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University in 2014. She spent her collegiate summers working at the Pine Cove Shores, and this past year attended the Kanakuk Institute while also interning for KLIFE in Harrison, Arkansas. Sarah enjoys being outside and being with people. She has a passion for discipling young women as she walks through life with them and walks them through the Word. Sarah is excited to see what the Lord has in store for Waco KLIFE!
Jillian Roberts | Intern
Jillian is currently a senior at Baylor University studying Marketing and will be graduating this December. This will be her second year serving as a Waco KLIFE Intern, and she is overjoyed to continue furthering the Kingdom through KLIFE. Originally from Plano, Texas, Jillian served two summers at the Pine Cove Towers and has developed a passion for challenging and encouraging women through discipleship. She is excited about serving in KLIFE for the remainder of her time at Baylor, and looks forward to seeing how the Lord will work in the hearts and lives of those impacted by KLIFE.
LJ Del Papa | INTERN
LJ is currently a Junior at Baylor University studying Management and Communications. Originally from Friendswood, Texas, LJ has developed a love and gift for ministry through serving two summers with Kanakuk Kamps at K-West, and his two years of leadership with Waco KLIFE. 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.
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 Sarah Kranick: email@example.com | (316) 207-4772.
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.
Klife Kickoff Carnival
On September 11th 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 have a ton of awesome carnival games where you will have a chance to earn tickets and win the ultimate prizes. KICKOFF will be held at our NEW KLIFE Building (3301 N Robinson Dr, Robinson TX 76706 just off of the loop).
Waco KLIFE’s fall fundraiser this year is the KLIFE BLITZ Flag Football tournament! The event will be held on Saturday, October 29th at McLane Stadium! The tournament will be a double elimination, 7-on-7, girls and boy division competition. This event is expected to rival the annual dodgeball tournament we hold every spring. So click here to register and get a team together, and let’s see who will be the 2016 7-on-7 KLIFE BLITZ Flag Football Champions!
The Amazing Chase
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 KLIFE House, Common Grounds, the Suspension Bridge, and to USWIRL. On November 17th, get ready for one Amazing Chase!
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 have all sorts of other incredibly fun Christmas activities! Join us on Sunday, December 11th, at 7:30 for this not so silent night.
On MLK Weekend (January 14th-16th), Waco KLIFE is headed along with 3 other Texas KLIFE Chapters to Pine Cove for a weekend retreat. This retreat will be full of fun skits, games and activities at Pine Cove Ranch. The musical worship led by Sutton Davison, and a four-part sermon will be given by Garrett Raburn. This will be a time for students to "retreat" from Waco along with their fellow Small Group members and leaders for a spiritually enriching weekend that will be full of great memories. You do not want to miss out on this retreat!
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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, church, or a large corporate sponsor. We exist from the goodness of people like you who see the value in this ministry.
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.
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.