“The church has left the building!”
From July 28 to August 1, 2013, students and their leaders will flood the streets of Palos Heights near Chicago, Illinois to show Christ’s love and bring restoration to the community. Over 250 students and their leaders will come to the Trinity Christian College campus to advance and expand the ministry of the college and area churches. We are excited to see students again being a very visible and incarnational expression of Christ’s love.
This experience will be a great combination of strengths in the body of Christ. Youth groups from across Canada and the U.S. will bring a strong work ethic and a deep desire to worship in the sanctuary as well as in the street through their acts of service.
During the summer of 2012, Youth Unlimited held a similar large group project in Marion, Indiana. Here’s what people had to say about that:
“This is an amazing group of 288 kids from around North America that came to make a difference in Marion, IN. Each kid raised enough money so that they could travel and serve in this community. Their impact in three days in Marion has been unmeasurable. . . . Perfect strangers traveled here to build two houses for Habitat for Humanity, help build our new bus terminal, clean up parks, paint, help the Boys and Girls Club and work at the YMCA, CSA and many other downtown buildings. They were humble, kind, giving and showed us the power of faith in action . . . not words. We are honored that this fabulous group came to Marion, and hope they inspire our community to serve.”
— Marion, IN
“What are all those kids doing downtown? They are working with downtown business owners and organizations, the city, Habitat for Humanity and Main Street Marion on the biggest clean-up yet! Look forward to seeing beautiful things this week in your downtown!”
— Main Street, Marion
“I wanted to come to be with my friends and build deeper, longer-lasting relationships with them, where even when we graduate we’ll still keep in touch. I was actually talking with my friends earlier saying, ‘I want to come back next year, and would you guys come with me?’ It’s tiring work, but it’s worth it.”
— Matthew Ginter, (15 years-old) Covenant CRC in Manitoba, Canada
“I really wanted my daughter to have the opportunity to participate in a service project like this. It’s a great opportunity to work with other youth and worship and serve as a group.”
— Sharon Houle, (Adult Leader)
“Some of these youth, when they get here don’t know how to pound a nail in, but by the end of the week they’re proud of what they’ve done, and so are we.”
— Chris Schonbachler, Habitat for Humanity board member