SERVING IN: United States, North America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Evangelism
Jon Klover was born and raised in Michigan. He moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2005 where God radically transformed his life. He has since been serving in youth and young adults’ ministry for the past ten years.
In 2017 Jon launched Operation: Lost Sheep. Operation: Lost Sheep is a ministry focused on Matthew 18:12 where Jesus said “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go look for the one that wandered off?”
The words from this passage have become Jon’s marching orders to go outside the walls of the church as a rescue mission to bring back those who have strayed away. Jon also works with local area pastors to establish a restoration process within the church.
We recently honored two residents of Youth-Reach Gulf Coast, Garrett McMillan and Blaize Braun, who completed The Resolution For Men. This is a 15-week restoration program that I take the upper level residents at YRGC through. Both of these young men have since graduated the program and we are so excited to see what God has next for them!
During this time of COVID, we delivered produce to families in need and helped the elderly who could not leave their homes. With most churches and centers closed, the homeless community now had very few resources. Many people no longer were rolling their windows down to help them even due to fear of getting sick. The Lord instructed us to begin doing our outreaches on a weekly basis since the need was so great.
We continue doing our monthly homeless outreaches in Pensacola and are seeing some major fruit from it. Back in September, we met James on the streets. We ministered to him and began building a close relationship with him over time. Then in January, we invited him to join us on Sunday mornings for service. We began picking him up every week and he has been attending with us ever since. At a service in February, he came up front afterwards to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit!! Since then, God has provided him with an apartment and even a part-time job. THIS is what the Father’s restorational power looks like in a person’s life.
I have been spending more time with the residents at Youth-Reach Gulf Coast. I dedicate Wednesday afternoons to going out there and building relationships with the guys. We play a game of flag football or basketball then have lunch together!