110 Youth Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas
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110 Youth Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas

Looking for fundraising ideas for a short-term mission trip? Your group is going on a mission trip. That's exciting! But, it can sometimes be difficult for leaders to brainstorm ways for your group as a whole (or individuals going on the mission trip) to raise enough money to go. We'd like to help you easily come up with some ideas. Here are 110 creative fundraising ideas for youth mission trips or other church group mission trips to get you started. P.S. Want to print this list or read it as an eBook on your Kindle? Download our entire list of mission trip fundraising ideas… Read More

Authentic Community
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Authentic Community

By Jacob VanDam Before attending Gallatin Valley SERVE, I didn’t have a framework for what would take place at SERVE or how Christ’s would connect me with two influential communities. Once I arrived, strangers from across the country quickly became family. One of the main topics was community, which I initially thought was just simply “making friends”. But it wasn’t just that; it was having a spiritual bond with the whole community and everyone there.   A few weeks after SERVE, my family received the news that my dad has stage four colon cancer. This was a blow… Read More

Engaging Youth
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Engaging Youth

by Kevin VanderVeen As a youth pastor, I find myself praying for young people in the church often. I pray young people will discover the depth of God’s love for them and know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. I pray they will take joy in God as the greatest treasure of their life. I pray they will become increasingly aware of how God has uniquely gifted them to serve in his kingdom. I pray the young people in the church may experience a sense of urgency to use and develop their gifts for God’s glory. At Covenant, we are blessed with young people of all ages, and we’re… Read More

The Name Of Love
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The Name Of Love

By Gil Clelland   Love has a name. We were out on an educational walk in our city's core learning about poverty. Six SERVE students and I were engaged in a good conversation, trying to understand how people can end up on the streets and what we can do to respond. And then we saw him. He sat there alone. People walked by. Perhaps they did not notice him. Perhaps they did not want to notice him. Grey, weathered clothing blended into the grey, weathered sidewalk. An empty hat opened expectantly to offerings from passers-by. A cardboard sign - "Any help will do." I knelt… Read More

Faces of YU: Elizabeth
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Faces of YU: Elizabeth

Get to know Elizabeth Bosscher from Holland, MI What is your role at Youth Unlimited? I am the Canadian SERVE Coordinator, which means I handle all the administrative details for our Canadian SERVE Sites. I am also the resident technology help and troubleshoot any technology issues we may have.   Where are you from, and what brought you to Youth Unlimited? I grew up in Mankato, Minnesota and just moved to Michigan this last August so my Husband could attend school in the area. I searched for a job for a few months after we moved here before I happened to… Read More

SERVE Shoes
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SERVE Shoes

by Kyle De Boer, Gallatin Valley SERVE Host Team Coordinator “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same” (Luke 3:11). For a high school student from the Gallatin Valley, a Tuesday at Grandma’s house turned into a life altering encounter with a servant of Christ. Johnathon had just finished his sophomore year of high school. Since his brother and mom were working, he had to keep an eye on his little sister who broke her arm a few days earlier, so they ventured down the road to Grandma’s house. As they arrived… Read More

Looking Forward to 2018
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Looking Forward to 2018

It’s hard to believe SERVE 2017 is behind us and the planning for SERVE 2018 is under way! We are excited to unveil the theme for SERVE 2018, Love God – Love the World, in this issue of the Youth Unlimited Magazine. In Luke 4:18-19 it says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Through our SERVE sites next summer, we long with great anticipation to see students… Read More

5 to Thrive
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5 to Thrive

Matthew 14 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.   #GivingTuesday Giving… Read More

Faces of YU: Ron
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Faces of YU: Ron

Get to know Ron DeVries from Edmonton, AB What is your role at Youth Unlimited? I am the Canadian SERVE Director. Where are you from, and what brought you to Youth Unlimited? I am from Alberta, Canada. For the last ten years, I had served as the Youth Ministry Consultant for the Christian Reformed church, Classis Alberta North. Following many conversations with Jeff at Youth Unlimited, we could see how a Canadian Director could be a blessing for Youth Unlimited, who would be working alongside a US Director so we said, let’s try it. When you were a student,… Read More

Does SERVEant have a first name?
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Does SERVEant have a first name?

When we brought the SERVEant back we talked a lot in the office about if we should give it a name or not. We thought that some people might ask so we should come up with a plan. We decided that we would take all of our 2017 student registrations and find the most common name of the year and that is what we would pick for our ant.   However, before we tell you what that name is we have something else to say. The spirit of the SERVEant is that there cannot be just one. Ants live in community and so do we. That being said we are only naming our office SERVEant. What you call yours… Read More

SERVE 2018 Theme | Love God, Love The World
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SERVE 2018 Theme | Love God, Love The World

This summer at SERVE 2018 our Theme will be Love God, Love The World. Below are our Key Passage and Key Thought behind this curriculum. >> Key Passage: Luke 4:18-19   “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”   >> Key Thought: Jesus begins his ministry in Luke’s Gospel by going to the synagogue where he reads from the book… Read More

How to Plan a Mission Trip
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How to Plan a Mission Trip

The following is an edited excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Magazine (Fall 2015). 6 Things to Do When Planning a Mission Trip for Teens If you’re planning a mission trip for a youth group (and especially if you're planning to bring your group to Youth Unlimited’s Serve), here are 6 things to do: Check dates with parents early in the process. Even before October 1 of the year before the Summer mission trip, begin asking parents if they have a family vacation planned or know of camps/activities in the summer you should plan around. Don’t just ask the students to ask their… Read More