After 6 years working with Youth for Christ in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Gary and Valerie Maloney returned to Minnesota in December 2018. They remain full-time with Youth for Christ, but have diverse roles involving three aspects of YFC ministries, both regionally and globally.
With YFC Ireland, Valerie remains in her critically important role as Prayer Coordinator, which involves keeping prayer partners regularly updated on ministry developments and prayer requests. She also continues to mentor female staff and interns through Skype and FaceTime. Gary is Ministry Development Coordinator, facilitating applications and navigating longer-term staff and interns through the Irish visa process. They both provide pre-field equipping and preparation for accepted US candidates to ensure a smooth transition to the YFC Ireland team. At the behest of national director Simon Marriott, Gary and Valerie will return to Ireland to assist with special YFC-led ministry projects.
As part of the YFC International mobilization team, Gary and Valerie will network with Christian colleges, area churches and YFC chapters in Minnesota to share about specific staff and intern opportunities in predetermined YFC nations, including Ireland, which have requested more people to assist with existing and new ministry projects. They will create, schedule and lead presentations at mission events and in classroom settings, schedule 1-on-1 meetings with prospective candidates, then help guide them through the application process with YFC International, based in Denver, CO. They also will follow up with applicants and assist with any pre-field training, as requested.
Finally, Gary will serve as interim Youth Camp Director at Prairie River Camp, located in Bricelyn, MN., which is part of South Central Minnesota YFC chapter. In this part-time role, Gary will recruit, hire and train summer camp staff, interns and volunteers. He will coordinate teams that will lead two weekend winter retreats, three weeks of YFC Summer Camps, and any activities required by outside groups using camp facilities in the summer. Valerie will be the Head Cook for the youth camps, winter retreats and summer camps, and also help recruit and coordinate cooking and dining teams, providing mentoring and supervision as needed.
They are excited to serve YFC as mentors and reproducers who would help equip others to share the Gospel with unchurched, disadvantaged teens in Minnesota and around the world.