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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 Classical School. 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!
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 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.
On Tuesday, February 28, KLIFE is hosting a fundraiser banquet in an effort to raise support for the continuation of this wonderful ministry to the youth of Waco. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to hear about what KLIFE has done in Waco, including stories from former intern, Clint Harp. You will also hear about what KLIFE is doing now, and our plans for Building God's Kingdom in the future. The banquet will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodway in the sanctuary, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, and the Q&A with Clint will happen from 5:30pm-6:15pm. If you would like to be a part of this great event, tickets can be purchased using the link below.
The annual KLIFE multi-event is back this year on February 10th! Progressive Riot is a massive, all night party, full of the most fun things to do in Waco. Last year we kicked it off in CiCi's Pizza, moved on to Skate World, continued with U-Swirl, and concluded at Urban Air. Who knows where we will go this year?! Come out Friday, February 10 at 6:00pm and find out!
KLIFE Dodgeball Tournament
Are you ready for some DODGEBALL?!?! Once again, Waco KLIFE’s Spring fundraiser is the KLIFE Dodgeball Tournament! The event will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00am, at Highland Baptist Church. The tournament will begin with some free play to warm up, and will commence with a double elimination, girls & boys / middle school, high school, & adult division competition. Registration will be available in February. So put your team together, and let’s see who will be the 2017 Waco KLIFE Dodgeball Tournament Champions!
This event is a crazy man-hunt where KLIFE students spend an afternoon trying to find KLIFE leaders who are in disguise at the Richland Mall. Points are given out to the groups who find the most leaders, and huge bonus points are given to the groups that find our sneaky Blue Gnus (leaders dressed in all blue). Come out to the Richland Mall on Thursday, April 20th at 6:00pm to see if you have what it takes to be the best Blue Gnu seekers and win the grand prize.
Blowout KLUB is our last event of the year; therefore, we want to go out with a bang! This will be no ordinary KLUB. It will be all that you would expect from a normal KLUB, but BLOWN OUT! Come out to the KLIFE Kave (620 N Robinson Dr, Robinson, TX 76706) on Sunday, April 23 at 7:00pm, and see what is in store for the final KLIFE event of the year!
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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.