Go Do Good – Do It
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Go Do Good – Do It

by Angie Klooster   SERVE 2019 was one of the most influential weeks of my life. Seeing the broken state some people live in is one thing but having the opportunity to help them and change their way of life is entirely different. We made a difference, even if all we did was weed a few rows of a community garden or paint the walls of a non-profit organization. And making a difference made a difference in me.   I was cautious to go on this trip. It was very out of my comfort zone. Then, when I found out no one from my church was in my SERVE small group, I was even… Read More

SERVE and My Life Story
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SERVE and My Life Story

The following is an article from our Spring 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. SERVE and My Life Story by Thomas Kielstra Discovering what my faith was as a teenager was not exactly easy. Feeling the various pushes from different Christian institutions to focus on different aspects of faith was challenging, but making my faith mine was very important to me. In 2011 at the age of 14, I went to Muskegon SERVE in Muskegon, Michigan with a church that wasn’t mine. At the week of SERVE, I saw that the Reformed Church put a much larger emphasis on a personal… Read More

Don’t Eat the Last Twinky
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Don’t Eat the Last Twinky

The following post is from How to Plan a Mission Trip. To view the original post, click here. For years, I have invited long term missionaries to the trainings I do with short termers. One story in particular stood out… the missionary recounted how the remoteness of their field left little room for luxury. Each time they returned to the USA, they brought back a package of Twinkies for the freezer. On a family member’s birthday, they pulled one out… put a candle in it… and sang Happy Birthday. One summer, a short term team came. The missionaries offered the typical “mi… Read More

The Call for Help
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The Call for Help

For me, it’s still typically unexpected, the call for help. I don’t know why I am not quite used to it yet. After I’ve met a need or given assistance, when I am riding the high of the Holy Spirit convicting me of righteousness, I wonder why I don’t intentionally listen for it more. Why wouldn’t I walk through my daily life, moment by moment, looking for ways to help others, watching for opportunities, and anticipating the moment when they ask? I know my life is not my own. I was bought with a price and it’s no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. (I Corinthians… 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

My 51 – Menno, South Dakota Community
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My 51 – Menno, South Dakota Community

Three years ago I came to the small town of Menno, South Dakota to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church (NALC/LCMC). It was the first time I had ever heard of this “thing” called Serve. Our town has a population of 608 and five (yes, count them: FIVE) churches. Our churches are Immanuel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Peace Christian Reformed Church, Salem Reformed Church (CCCC), Zion Reformed Church (RCUS) and Grace Lutheran Church, where I currently serve. For a number of years now, youth from all five of these churches have attended Serve in various locations, from Platte, South… Read More