The Casadys' Partnership with InFaith
Gary serves Y.E.S. as Executive Director, as field staff with InFaith. They will be retiring from Youth Empowerment Shelter at the end of August this year. Fred Blakly (see The Program page) will be replacing them.
This U.S.-focused mission agency empowers leaders to “reach local,” considering the needs of our communities and how they might be served by the faith community.
Gary and his wife Linda came to The Dalles, Oregon in 2001, after serving in Africa as missionaries to the unreached for 18+ years. The experience there equipped them to quickly identify gospel needs in the place where they live in the U.S..
The Dalles is a small town (population of about 17,000) located in a rural area on the banks of the Columbia river in northern Oregon. It is a beautiful area, but without the advantages of the many services found in larger metropolitan areas. This often leaves needy youth at a loss in handling difficult circumstances at home. As Casadys saw at-risk youth in the Mid-Columbia area struggling with a variety of complex situations, they felt a compassion that led them to seek ways to meet some of the basic needs.
By a series of miraculous developments of provision of like-minded individuals, a strategically located facility, and month-by month financial provision, Youth Empowerment Shelter was born in August of 2016. Now, with a staff of paid and unpaid personnel, Y.E.S. ministers to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of about 60 youth a year.
More about InFaith
InFaith’s vision is to equip called and committed followers of Jesus to serve with purpose and passion within our nation’s borders. We want to be a part of God’s change in others even as God is constantly changing us. InFaith seeks to work in the dark places in our local communities where Jesus’ light needs to shine brighter. InFaith participates in God’s work in our local communities to bring about God’s vision for “on earth as it is in heaven.”
We believe that Jesus changes everything He touches, and we believe that He uses our hands to bring about that change. The United States is full of people who are struggling in many ways, who are lonely, confused, and desperately searching for hope.
Jesus is the One who brings the only true hope.
There is a solidarity of purpose with being a part of a ministry that has been serving this country for over two hundred years. Though we have roots that go back to 1790, our organization was officially formed on May 13, 1817 and called itself the Sunday and Adult School Union. Through the years we’ve had several name changes from American Sunday School Union to American Missionary Fellowship, to our current name of InFaith. But through it all, we have been reaching locally here in the United States to teach the unchanging truth of God to an ever-changing culture. Go to www.infaith.org/heritage to see a timeline of highlights from 200 years of ministering in the U.S.