My name is Jose Padilla I am from Las Cruces, New Mexico. I have lived in Plano for 10 years with my wife, Debbie. We have two girls, Daijah and Delilah. I am a stay at home dad and I am on part-time staff with Plano Young Life, specifically Young Life on the East side.
I got involved with YL about 2 years ago through being involved in the student ministry at my church. The director of the student ministry was a YL guy and he introduced me to Plano YL. From my very first experience with Young Life, I gotta tell you: there was nothing like this where I grew up or I just never payed attention. Once I knew what YL was and how the ministry impacted the community, I was all in and wanted to help out how ever I could.
The best thing about YL is I get to seek out the kids who are running from God and running to what this world has to offer. When I was in middle school, I was one of those kids who ran. I know the pain that these kids carry and get to let them know they are not alone, that I was there once, and that I found where true joy is: in Christ. To be able to help kids change the way they think and see light out of the darkness of this world makes all the pain I went through as kid worth it. It is a privilege to be able to share with these kids that there is way more to life than what is in front of them, to share the gospel with them, and to share with them how God worked in my life. I know that He can change their life, too.
Wyldlife Camp 2019
This past year I got to go to Wyldlife camp at Camp Buckner. This was my second year going to WyldLife camp and it was just as amazing as my first time. I was able to take two campers who have never experienced camp in any form and they had their socks rocked. From the ropes course to the zip line to the food being served to them at their table, the kids loved every minute. With all the fun it was amazing to see these kids get serious about Jesus. We had kids who have been exposed to church and knew how to "play church" really have the gospel sink in. We got to see this look in their eyes that said, "I get it, I'm loved!" Camp was such an amazing time for me and for the kids. It really set these kids up with a desire for WyldLife this year they are excited to invite friends this fall and already planning on who they can bring to camp next summer!