Mission Trips

Think Globally, Act Locally: Exploring Missions with SIFAT Learn & Serve

It’s well known that youth often return from short-term mission trips with changed hearts and perspectives on the world.  And the effect isn’t only on youth: interacting with people in different cultures and societies can help anyone open their eyes to the beauty—and needs—of the people of the world. But what happens when your youth group isn’t able to travel ...

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Still Thankful

In my family on Thanksgiving during the big meal, we go around the table and everybody states something they are thankful for.  We also remember the family members that have gone on to their heavenly reward that used to sit at the table with us.  Maybe your family has similar traditions.  And generally there is also a Festivus joke or ...

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How to Not Eat Pizza for 2 Months

Feeding the masses at your youth group gathering but out of fresh menu ideas?  Meal planning for a retreat?  Or are you looking for an easy menu list to pass out to the parents who graciously volunteered to make snack supper for the youth group? It’s okay to admit it – are you just plain tired of pizza?  Try these ...

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What I Learned On My Summer Vocation

I just finished reading J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye for about the 6th time in my 47 years of life.  This time I read it because our Youth Sunday school class decided to join up with one of the Adult Classes for the summer and they wanted to read a book together.  The Adult Class is called “Page Turners” ...

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SURGE into Missions 2012 at Lake Junaluska

Let us work for the good of all!                                               SURGE into Missions gives youth groups the opportunity to serve others while experiencing dynamic worship and relevant programming. Our theme this summer is Galatians 6:9-10: “So let us not ...

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Seeing Poverty First Hand Changed My Life

If you are one of the hundreds of youth workers leading a 30 Hour Famine event this weekend, you might want to know how to encourage your youth to take their fundraising and experience to the Study Tour level.  Abby Lewis, a high school junior and member of the youth group at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington, TX, ...

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Wesley-Rankin Community Center Offers a New Mission Experience!

In West Dallas (Texas) less than half of high school students graduate and less than 51% of 5th graders are ready for middle school level work.  Wesley-Rankin Community Center is striving to defeat these odds. This summer, join the lead team for B3X (Beakers, Base Ten, and the Beat) Summer Camp!  Individuals and groups are needed from June 11- August ...

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$199 Summer Mission Trip in Dallas @ C2K

Looking for a GREAT summer Mission trip in the Dallas, Texas area?  Check out www.c2kDallas.org Register before April 1, 2012 and enjoy an all-inclusive mission trip for just $199 per person (if paid in full and on-time) and spend more time with your Youth and less having to plan and run the daily grind of mission trip logistics, cooking, supply runs, ...

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7 Things To Do Right Now for Your Mission Trip Next Summer

It’s January and you are probably congratulating yourself on making it through the Advent season in one piece and for getting the second semester youth programs started.  (Don’t sell yourself short – pat yourself on the back for accomplishing all that!)  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, yes you should take some time to renew and ...

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From Prison to Youth Ministry with Gabe Dominguez

Few people have life stories like this one. My conversation with Gabe reminded me that God has plans for even those kids that seem completely lost. How can we in “traditional” youth ministry better reach the hard-to-reach youth? – Erin Gabe Dominguez is not your ordinary youth pastor. Sure, he owns the same youth ministry books you’d expect to see ...

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