When NCF giver, Terry Leprino (pictured above on the left), was in ninth grade, her YoungLife leader was the first person to help her encounter a personal relationship with Jesus. From that moment, Terry remembers praying, “God, I want to help girls know Jesus.”
So even though Terry is heir to the Leprino cheese fortune – the company that supplies 90 percent of the world’s mozzarella cheese – she has chosen to dedicate her life to serving as a YoungLife leader.
One of the kids that has really touched her heart is a boy named J.J. (with Terry above). “This kid is so sweet. He grew up with both of his grandmas taking care of him, in a gang neighborhood,” says Terry.
“He came to YoungLife camp and had an experience with Jesus that changed his life. Now he says, ‘I want to put myself in places where there are healthy choices.’ People are intimidated by teens, but if you can get past the first few pushes, they just want to be loved.”