Izaiha: A Story of Calling

Serving New York until it is a place where all people have the opportunity to achieve their God given dreams can seem like an impossible task. But every great journey begins with one step, one “yes.” For us, God has been faithful in every step.

One way God has been faithful to us over the past 9 years is though calling dozens of amazing young people to live in and serve New York City through the Dream Center Leadership Program.

It has been our unique privilege to invest in and lead individuals from across the nation and around the world through the DCLP. We have had the privilege of facilitating countless stories of young people discovering their calling, overcoming addiction, and becoming the leaders God designed them to be.

One of these amazing young people is Izaiha.

Izaiha had served on a Short Term Missions trip with us when he was 17. As he went back to Ohio, he knew God was calling him back to New York, his new home. Just two years later Izaiha is in his second year of the Leadership Program and God is shaping his life a little more each day.


“Since starting the program I feel that so many things have just been awakened inside of me. From my relationship with God reaching a new depth, to new creative sides of me being cultivated, to even my identity as a man. I am not the same,” Izaiha said as he reflected on how his life has changed since encountering Dream Center NYC.

Izaiha has not only seen growth in himself spiritually, but has made a real impact in the lives of people around him. Among other things, Izaiha has played an instrumental role in engaging young people through our new Middle School program. Our middle schoolers lives are being changed and will continue to change because Izaiha chose he chose to say yes.

Izaiha, we are thankful for you and the young people like you who choose to trust God with their lives. We are thankful you are walking this journey with us and that you continue to say yes to what God is doing in our city.