Jesus Loves Refugees

One of the things that I love about my job is the freedom I have to create experiences that not only draw teenagers deeper in relationship to God, but educate them on social issues that are close to God’s heart. A few years ago, all of us at YouthWorks started asking more intentionally why we […]

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Three Questions to Ask on Mission Trips

Missions trips can be emotional, life-changing experiences. I went on missions trips and high school and I considered them watershed moments in my faith. Unfortunately, many people have dissimilar experiences with short-lived emotional highs that fades shortly after returning home. I’ve facilitated 23 missions trips for probably a hundred different groups and been on a […]

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An Arsonist Set My Heart On Fire

Cars jockeyed into our cramped parking lot as flames burned the air around us. The blaze climbed higher as though it threatened to scorch the clouds. This fire threatened to take out an entire hillside littered with homes–our church is planted on that identical hillside, just east and uphill of where the fire had begun. Despite Rend Collective Experiment’s appeal to “Set Your Church […]

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Jesus Gave Me Empty Pizza Boxes

I had recently been praying for Jesus’ provision. He ended up giving me empty pizza boxes. I can’t believe it! Let me back up first. As my time in Logan wanes to a close, I’ve been brainstorming how to leave well. The church has been incredibly gracious to invite me back after having spent the summer […]

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Six Easy Service Ideas

When a youth group comes on a YouthWorks mission trip, all of the details and logistics are managed for them. This allows a group to completely throw themselves into the service aspect of the trip with service partnerships already lined up. In this brief devotion to service, groups are routinely surprised by how easy and […]

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