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

7 Things to Do When Planning a Mission Trip for Teens If you’re planning a mission trip for a youth group, it can seem overwhelming. Based on our experience, here are things to consider when planning a mission trip for youth: 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 parents. Go to the parents directly. This gives you a good contact… Read More

What’s New In 2019?
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What’s New In 2019?

Registration for the SERVE 2019 teen mission trip season is about to open NOW OPEN and we wanted to let you know about some new things! If you ever have any questions don't hesitate to contact us. New SERVE Youth Mission Trip Sites for 2019 Along with many of our loyal returning sites, we are so excited to be adding a few new ones this year. Click on the links below to see their full site descriptions! Abbotsford, BC Abingdon, VA Redlands, CA Roselawn, IN Thunder Bay, ON Wyoming, MI New Background Check Policy In year's past, we have… Read More

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

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

Why SERVE?
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Why SERVE?

I participated in SERVE as a worksite supervisor for the three years my church hosted SERVE, and I can tell you that there are many good reasons to participate in SERVE. First, it’s an excellent opportunity to engage with the next generation, the youth who will be called upon to sustain the Christian faith in the years ahead and pass it on to the generation after them. Second, Youth Unlimited is very effective at partnering with churches and sharing their much needed experience so churches new to SERVE are able to host SERVE well right out of the starting blocks. Third, I had… Read More

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

A Thread in the Tapestry
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A Thread in the Tapestry

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here. A Thread in the Tapestry by Kyle De Boer Joining forces for the third straight year, three Montana congregations are collaborating to host Gallatin Valley SERVE. We are an eclectic bunch with diverse gifts. Farmers and ranchers work side-by-side with educators and entrepreneurs. The unique community of volunteers for GV SERVE is the locale in which youth and adults offer their gifts for something greater than themselves. SERVE volunteers and participants are the needed characters… Read More

An Open Letter to Our Graduating Seniors
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An Open Letter to Our Graduating Seniors

Dear High School Seniors, It’s here! Your long-awaited, joy-filled, nerve-racking day is finally here! You are graduating from high school, and today we are certain you’re looking back saying, “Wait, where did the time go?!” Oh seniors, there are so many things we want to tell you, it’s hard to know where to begin. Your life is such an adventure; each day ordained by God. In the days to come, you will know trial, pain, loss and grief. But more than these things, you will know peace, love, comfort, joy and hope beyond what you can even imagine. God’s plans for you… Read More

He Delights in Using Young People
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He Delights in Using Young People

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.” Joel 2:28-29 Sometimes we forget I’m not old enough to rent a van...or drive a rental van, for that matter. I started leading a youth group at the age of 19. Being just months older than a handful of my students was daunting at best, terrifying… Read More

What Teens Need
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What Teens Need

by Amanda Roozeboom The following is an excerpt from our Winter 2016 magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here.  There is a lot of discussion regarding the “Needs of Adolescence”. Most scholars agree that teens need: love, security, community, purpose, creative expression, achievement, structure/clear limits, self-definition and confidence/self-worth. Chap Clark summarizes it this way, “Teens need Identity, (Who am I), Autonomy (Do my choices matter) Belonging (Where do I fit)”. I would add teens need a faith that lasts beyond high school! In Kenda Creasy Dean’s… Read More

Faces of Youth Unlimited – Winter 2016
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Faces of Youth Unlimited – Winter 2016

The following is an excerpt from our Winter 2016 Magazine. To view the whole magazine, click here.  Aaron Au Q. Where could we find you at 10:00 AM on a Saturday morning? A. One of the incredible Farmer's Markets that we have in Edmonton. I love the local produce and goods. Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. I often meet students (or anyone for that matter) at our local, neighbourhood coffee shop, the Carrot Arts Coffeehouse. Our neighbourhood plays such an integral role in the lives of my wife and me and our church plant and the Carrot… 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