Youth

Students on this summer’s Project Timothy trips did more than travel overseas for a week of service projects—instead, they learned how to lead.

Tylor LongWing was dealing with depression and anxiety when she first entered Springs Community Church in 2013. She went to her first worship service because she was having a bad day and wanted to be with her best friend—and that night she gave her life to Jesus.

Lots of fun things to do draws more than 300 young people to an annual retreat in Wisconsin. The youth pastors who plan and lead the retreat make sure there’s plenty of time to go deeper with God too. The result? A faith-building experience that kids can’t wait to get back to.

For the first 18 years of my life, almost every church event I went to was attended by me and people my own age, many of whom had gone through similar experiences to my own. We were teenagers looking for our place in this world. High school ended and that place had become foggy and unclear. 

Meet Kristi Palsma, a 21-year-old Dordt College student who just began her new position at Inspiration Hills, an RCA camp located in the corner of Northwest Iowa, just across the border from South

When George Lundberg set out for his first Project Timothy mission trip, he expected to help people. He didn’t expect to get so much out of it himself. 

“The youth in our community really have no place to call a safe haven,” says Patricia Sealy, pastor of Mott Haven Reformed Church in the Bronx, New York. “It’s been a burning desire of mine to have that happen again at our church.”

On sign-up day, college students start lining up at 4:30 a.m., outside in the cold. They're not pledging fraternities or sororities--they want the first shot at a spot on spring break mission trips.

Youth ministry director Cheryl Rozema has tears in her eyes as she describes an act of caring that illustrated the very words of Jesus.

“We were helping to feed homeless people one night,” she says, recalling a youth group service project. “And I saw that one of our boys didn’t have a shirt on—and I knew he came with one.”

The young man had taken off his own shirt, neatly folded it, and placed it on a table for one of the homeless men. The gesture echoed Luke 3:11: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none…” (NIV).