Park Rangers
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Park Rangers

The following is an excerpt from our Youth Unlimited Summer Magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. The opportunity to have been part of the “Park Rangers” group at my church has drastically changed the way I look at and interact with my church today. Planning to host a SERVE trip with a congregation of our size didn’t seem possible, but I was amazed to see the abundance of support from the members of our church and community. People were signing up to lead games, cook meals, help out with job sites and be a part of the main Host Team. The Park Rangers group, in… Read More

Seeing Jesus In the Brokenness
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Seeing Jesus In the Brokenness

by Laura, High River SERVE Participant, 2014 In the summer of 2014, a group of students from my church, Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, embarked on a SERVE mission trip to High River, Alberta. High River had been hit with a disastrous flood one summer earlier, and as a result, the entire city had to be evacuated for 10 days. Our mission on the SERVE trip was to assist the town in cleaning up any damage that had come from the flooding… and there was a lot of it! We painted battered fences, rebuilt decks and houses, landscaped, built gardens, etc., but… Read More

Christian Community
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Christian Community

by Adrianna Wimmers Stress is mental or emotional strain caused by demanding or adverse circumstances. Stress can come from many different situations and can be overwhelming, leading oneself to not know where to turn to or what to do about the stress they are experiencing. Balancing school, friends, relationships, extra-curricular activities, jobs and everything in between can add unnecessary and often unwanted stress. Stress and being overwhelmed can blind us to many things like the people who can and are willing to help us get out of our hole that we have stressed ourselves into.… Read More

Pray Like it Depends on God
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Pray Like it Depends on God

The following is an excerpt from our summer magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. I’ve heard the saying, “You work like it depends on you and you pray like it depends on God.” I’m not sure about the theology of that statement, but it sure does reflect the past nine months of activity for Youth Unlimited. The Youth Unlimited staff and our 28 SERVE teams are in full preparation mode for SERVE 2017. 1,500 students and leaders will converge at 28 host churches to serve their communities on behalf of God and that local church. Throughout their week, students will… Read More

Meeting Jesus
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Meeting Jesus

The following is a testimony of a youth leader who experienced SERVE in Toronto last summer. This was the first SERVE experience this group of youth group kids ever had and it was such an amazing experience! We brought a bunch of country kids to the big city, and while none of them are planning on moving any time soon, they embraced the experience and learned so much from it! I loved the many ways that we learned about homelessness and that homelessness is not just a result of laziness. The best part was our nightly worship. I've been on a handful of trips like this, and the… Read More

Forever Changed
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Forever Changed

The following is a testimony of a student who experienced SERVE in Gallatin Valley, Montana in 2016, which forever changed her life. Gallatin Valley SERVE 2016 showed me what it's like to be a true Christian. Through my experience at SERVE, I was able to deepen my relationship with Christ by giving Him complete control of my life during the message that took place at the day at the lake. My life is now forever changed. Christ is taking me places I could never go on my own. SERVE helped me realize God's calling for my life. I am now planning on attending a Christian college in… Read More

Coffee and Life
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Coffee and Life

It's the Month of May, Sip, Sip, Hooray! Have you ordered your SERVE 2017 Authentic Community blend coffee yet? Share some community with others when you SERVE this specialty blend from our friends at Good Neighbour Coffee. A portion of all proceeds will give students the opportunity to experience Authentic Community at a SERVE mission trip in a way that will change their lives forever, encouraging them to impact this world for Christ. Click here to order your 1 lb bag today! Read below to learn more about Good Neighbour Coffee and the amazing things they have been doing there! We… Read More

Satisfaction in Giving
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Satisfaction in Giving

Several years ago at Alamosa SERVE in Colorado, my work group was given the assignment of building a wheel chair ramp for a retired Air Force Veteran on limited resources who was caring for a disabled friend in his home. The project involved taking out steps and part of a front porch, and figuring out a way to adapt the ramp into the existing structure. On my first SERVE, back in 2001 in Michigan, I was assigned the same task, and I recalled the time it took and how overwhelming that assignment seemed. Through lots of prayer and some outside assistance it was completed back then.… Read More

Don’t be Afraid of the Big Ideas
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Don’t be Afraid of the Big Ideas

Do you ever feel too small for your big ideas? God loves to use people who don’t seem important enough to do his most important work. Consider these examples from the Bible: Elijah- He spent some serious time in prayer and it changed the weather for THREE YEARS! You know the weather, that thing everyone acknowledges is totally out of our control... Elijah affected it through the power of prayer and he was just a guy like us. “17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on… Read More

The Expanse of SERVE
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The Expanse of SERVE

It is amazing how a word conjures up images and memories for us. SERVE seems to do that. For churches who know this ministry, when they hear the name SERVE, they bring up stories of God showing up in the places and challenging the participants to be stretched for the Kingdom in powerful ways. Many students carry these faith forming experiences with them for a life time, often as a highlight moment. I hear stories like this often - students who are now young adults, parents who came along as leaders, pastors who shared in an experience with their younger members, all carry with them… Read More

Mission Trip Self-Care
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Mission Trip Self-Care

I have a confession; I am terrible at self-care. I have a suspicion that I’m not the only one. Too often female youth leaders are the worst offenders when it comes to neglecting rest. We care for our families and then turn around and care for the leaders and students in our churches and communities. There is always so much to do and too few hours in the day. And yet, God in his wisdom, requires us to rest, to Sabbath every week. It’s often during our busiest times that we need to rest the most. And while every week is busy, the busiest week of the year, in my experience, is always… Read More

Marion SERVEant
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Marion SERVEant

We’ve been talking a lot about ants around the Youth Unlimited offices. They are amazing creatures, but there is one specific ant story that I love to share. It was a summer evening, and I was participating in a Youth Unlimited mission trip in Marion, Indiana. Everyone was at a local water park enjoying a little downtime when I noticed a colony of ants in crisis. A puddle of water formed in the exact spot where a line of ants was traveling. In the middle of this ant catastrophe, I noticed one little ant kept swimming out to the middle of the puddle. It would push an ant to the water’s… Read More