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In 2011, a group of Bradford area residents began a project to redevelop a home for a needy resident. Through this project the CYC of western New York and this Bradford group formed an alliance. From here the relationship grew, other projects were completed and it became clear over the next several months that a CYC chapter in Bradford was destined to begin. Then in 2013, a property became available and the Bradford Community Hope Center was established as The Bradford Christian Youth Corps or BCYC.
The Christian Youth Corps (CYC) was started in 2004 as a place for young people to join others in an organized effort to make an impact in the Western New York Area. Known by its motto: “Christianity in Boot Leather,” the CYC endeavors to show the love of Christ through service. It is always a blessing to work beside young people interested in making a difference in the lives of the handicapped and others in need. Along the way, the lives of the youth are changed for the better as they learn about the Lord Jesus Christ, and learn skills that will last them a lifetime. The effect of meeting those that have real hurdles to overcome in life such as cancer, diabetes and other life altering diseases refocuses the teens’ priorities. Their problems often seem to fade into the background when they meet people facing and overcoming such day-to-day challenges. The act of accomplishing a project that helps someone else almost always re-energizes them, as CYC youth tell us time and time again. In addition to helping individuals, CYC youth also undertake many projects that benefit the general public as a whole. Whether it is working on Village or State Parks, Historical or Environmental projects, or just helping out in a nursing home, the CYC is a very powerful tool that communities can rely on to help with projects that need completion; projects that villages and park maintenance departments often just lack the time and manpower to complete.
BCYC youth, working closely with craftsmen of many different skills and trades, learn the basics of these trades while employing them on service projects. Armed with tools ranging from air compressors and nail guns to airless paint sprayers and a wide variety of other tools, the BCYC and skilled volunteer craftsmen are a formidable reactionary team. In addition, team leaders ready to guide youth toward a closer walk with Jesus Christ help young people find a purpose in life that spans out into eternity. The combination of willing, energetic young people with the guidance of skilled tradesmen and the patient counseling of caring team leaders is unbeatable! And the resulting accomplishments are equally astonishing. Real projects that make a real difference are the norm—not the exception. And they often take a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” ~ James 2:17
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“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” ~Matthew25:34-40