Emily Frischembruder was in sixth grade when she began attending YEC, the BCNE’s winter youth retreat, with a neighboring church’s youth group.
“It was actually my first time really understanding what it meant to be a Christ-follower. It wasn’t just, ‘Oh, my parents go to church,’” Frischembruder said.
Since then she has been involved in multiple youth leadership development events from CrossWalk to Quest. In high school Frischembruder began leading a small group of teens in a Sunday afternoon Bible study at her own church, First Brazilian Baptist Church of Greater Boston (The Lovely Church) in Peabody, Mass. She’s now been serving as a volunteer youth leader for five years.
“It’s so hard for youth to stand up for their faith and to be in an area [like New England] where there is oppression and it’s kind of looked down upon to be a Christian,” Frischembruder said. “I think that all these different programs encourage them. They can see that they’re not the only ones.”