High Voltage Teen Center

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Alto Voltaje: High Voltage

Alto Voltaje (High Voltage) is our teen center, which we open to the community every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. We started High Voltage in January of 2012, after a long discussion about how we can continue to water the seeds we planted in the children who have left the daycare. High Voltage also fills the need in La Mision for the teenagers to have something productive to do, instead of wandering the streets and getting into trouble. We gathered twelve kids who had graduated out of OA – they graduate out once they reach junior high – and asked them what they thought about opening the daycare facility on Friday nights to hang out with their friends and hear the Word of God. Their excitement was contagious! They took a bunch of flyers and handed them out at their school, to their friends, and in their neighborhoods. The first night we opened, we were expecting around 30 kids. We had 80 teenagers come, and that number has only grown since that first night! Over 100 teens have given their lives to the Lord because of High Voltage, and on any given Friday night ,you will see anywhere from 25-50 youth who are dedicated to coming each week to have fun and praise God.

This is an outreach ministry that aims to bring in the lost and help them find a new life in Christ Jesus!

Daniel preaching to the many youths who come every Friday night!

Friday Night Schedule

From 6:00 to 7:30 pm, the teens start coming in through the gates. They play basketball and soccer, use the skateboard ramp, and play foosball, air hockey, and pool.

7:30 to 9:00: Everyone has to come upstairs for a high-watt worship service.

9:00: Dinner is served. We feed the kids every week because we know some of them don’t eat dinner at home. We also know that wherever there is food… teenagers are sure to follow!

9:30 to 10:00: Hang out time. At the end of the night, we bus many of the kids home.

Several times throughout the year we have special nights, where we rent a mechanical bull, hire a Christian band, rent jump houses, have talent shows, and have Minute to Win It marathons.

If you are interested in sponsoring the food, it costs about $1 per person, so about $150 every Friday. If you are coming with a group and are interested in helping us with this ministry, we suggest making hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, or spaghetti. We can also hire our cook to make something really special for $250.

If you would like to sponsor our special nights, a mechanical bull costs $150, bounce houses cost $150, and a Christian band costs $250.

Some of the HV serving team!

Some members of the High Voltage serving team.

The room is packed with youth from the community. They just want a place to belong! It's our way to lead them in a relationship with Christ!

The room is packed with teens from the community. They just want a place to belong! It’s our way to lead them into a relationship with Christ!

Rent a bull for $150 and let the High Voltage kids have some extra fun!

Rent a bull for $150 and let the High Voltage kids have some extra fun!

La Cueva: The Cave

We have rented a space right next door to Open Arms and called it La Cueva (The Cave). The Cave is a place where the older kids who have graduated out of the daycare program can come after school and still be a part of Open Arms. Here we do daily devotionals and free tutoring with our junior high kids, and we give them a safe place to belong. This is a great way for us to continue building relationships with these kids as they grow up and become young adults.

 

Youth Missions Trips

Daniel also takes the youth on missions trips.  He takes them down to Camalu once or twice each year, where they help several churches and hold High Voltage events for the youth down there. Hundreds have been saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is awesome to see the youth give back! They always return grateful for what they have, and encouraged to keep fighting the good fight. We have seen the lives of the kids who have gone on these trips really change for the better. God always does something in your life when you step out of your comfort zone and help someone else!