LIVE IT: Documenting our Journey
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LIVE IT: Documenting our Journey

The following is an article from our Spring 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. I recently had a discussion with some high school students about whether or not I was going to lock up their cell phones during our week long summer mission trip. They listed many reasons to keep their phones, but the one that surprised me most was their desire to be able to “check-in” to all the landmark locations we will be visiting while away. Cell phones have become a modern day “Captain’s Log” documenting significant events, adventures and discoveries along life’s… Read More

Finding the Missing Link at Live It
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Finding the Missing Link at Live It

by Tony Butler Spring Antioch Baptist Church The following is an excerpt from our Winter 2016 Magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here.  Our mission at Spring Antioch Baptist Church is to help our youth grow into what God wants them to be. We desire for them to first know who God is for themselves. But we also want to show them how to experience God in their everyday lives. Our lessons and our activities are geared to help them see God for who he is. Through an organization called the Old Town Spring Heights Task Force, which is made up of churches of different faiths,… Read More

A Look Ahead to Live It 2015
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A Look Ahead to Live It 2015

Youth Unlimited is excited for Live It 2015 and the opportunity to engage with high school age students at their point of interests and passions once again so they can learn about their value in Christ while exploring how to use their talents to spread God’s love to their friends, community and world. Watch the video below for a look ahead to Live It 2015! [embed]http://vimeo.com/109918626[/embed] Read More

Live 58 + Serve
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Live 58 + Serve

Click here to watch the video about how Youth Unlimited, Live 58 and World Renew have teamed up to make Serve a life changing experience for students, their congregations and communities.   "In collaboration with Live 58 and World Renew, Youth Unlimited connected the one week Serve to a global initiative. Live 58 supplied much of the biblical messaging and World Renew supplied stories of international impact. Students learned about the needs in North American communities while also realizing the impact of their daily lives on food security around the world.    Live… Read More

Changed Lives Changing Lives
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Changed Lives Changing Lives

"His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me."   Words from Betty Bartlett’s favorite song ring true each and every day in her home. Betty, a 72-year-old, cancer-surviving widow expressed her joy as eight high school students painted the cupboards and walls in her warm, loving home. With appreciation in her voice, Betty said she felt strengthened by this group of students; making her feel like a person instead of “just a little old lady”. Coming from eight cities across the United States and Canada, the 156 high-school-aged Youth Unlimited Serve participants were… Read More

Keeping the Flame Alive
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Keeping the Flame Alive

We're all about faith for life and don't want to see students or youth leaders riding a roller coaster of emotions on a mission trip or faith forming experience. Here's a great article by a well respected leader in the short term mission movement on fanning the flame of life change once you return home.   Most people like to play with fire. There’s something rewarding about burning long sticks until they’re short, melting things, roasting things, or just sitting and watching the flames. But if there is insufficient kindling, the fire will not ignite; and if there is too… Read More

The Battle is His
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The Battle is His

The following is an excerpt from our Winter 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here.  I will never forget my first year of full-time youth ministry. It started in 1996, 20 years ago, with Youth For Christ! There were many first time experiences like leading a student through the plan of salvation and a summer youth group trip to Colorado with two students released to me from the local juvenile detention center. I look back on these years and have so many great memories and emotions, and 2015 was no exception. This past summer, while visiting many of Youth Unlimited’s… Read More

Join the Ripple
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Join the Ripple

Most people can point to a moment of impact that changed their lives forever. That moment of impact is the moment people begin to live, interact, see the world and believe differently. It’s not uncommon for an individual’s moment of impact to form a ripple effect, and further impact the lives of others, who then impact the lives of others and so on. At Youth Unlimited, we’re continuously and gratefully amazed by the impact made for and by Christ at experiences like Serve and Live It. We’re blessed to have seen first-hand at these events the impactful moments in individual… Read More

Students | Churches | Faith-Forming Experiences
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Students | Churches | Faith-Forming Experiences

The following is an excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Fall Magazine. To read more, click here. Wow… where did that year go? With each passing year, I am forced to admit that my parents were right when they said, “the older you get the faster time flies”! As we step into a new church ministry year, I’m praying God has refueled your passion for him and the students in your church and community! It is critical you have those in the right order—passion for Christ and then a passion for students. If those are in the reverse order, you will be ministering to students from your… Read More

No Longer a Mission Trip – Just Life – The Other 51
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No Longer a Mission Trip – Just Life – The Other 51

The following is an excerpt from the student's devotions in our 2015 theme material at Live It and Serve this summer. It was Friday of my mission week. That week was the first week I had ever sat with a homeless man. I took my tray and sat with him at that soup kitchen. That moment changed my life. That was Monday night. For the rest of the week, I jumped right in. During the day, we served at a drop-in for children who did not know if there was a place for them to sleep at night. There were children as young as five years old living outside at night. My heart was broken. God had ripped… Read More

We All Need to Love – The Other 51
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We All Need to Love – The Other 51

The following is an excerpt from the student's devotions in our 2015 theme material at Live It and Serve this summer. Diane grew up in what others would consider a Christian home. Diane’s family; two older brothers, mom, dad and Diane, went to church every Sunday – twice, but some things were well hidden in that home. Diane was bullied since she was a young girl by one of her brothers. Her parents found out and made sure it was kept quiet. They just walked through the motions of life. Diane struggled in school socially. She had only a handful of friends and trusted no one. Called… Read More

His Daughters and Sons – The Other 51
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His Daughters and Sons – The Other 51

The following is an excerpt from the student's devotions in our 2015 theme material at Live It and Serve this summer. A few years ago, I was wandering through a mall in the city in which I work. I had finished a meeting with one of my friends from the street and was off to another meeting. This way through the mall was a short cut between streets. I was reflecting on the meeting I had just finished when I saw her at the other end of the hallway. To this day, I can't describe her. I just know that I looked at her and shuddered, feeling like she was disgusting and unpleasant. I don't… Read More