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Last week was my anniversary, my wife and I have been married 7 years!  As a gift my wife bought me the book Love Does by Bob Goff.   So far it is a great book, Bob is a terrific story teller and his stories make me want to serve Jesus in new and exciting ways each day.   I also recently started following Bob on twitter and he posts some great thoughts each day.  I want to share some of Bob’s twitter feed;  this stuff has been an inspiration to me over the last couple week.
Fear and doubt always find people who are looking for them; hope and courage do the same thing. 
Every time we believe the lie that we’re still who we used to be, we’re acting like grace never found us 
Most of the things I’ve feared never happened; most of the things I hoped for did. Fear only has the influence we give it 
God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them 
If you haven’t yet, check him out on twitter @bobgoff
Jason

Last week was my anniversary, my wife and I have been married 7 years!  As a gift my wife bought me the book Love Does by Bob Goff.   So far it is a great book, Bob is a terrific story teller and his stories make me want to serve Jesus in new and exciting ways each day.   I also recently started following Bob on twitter and he posts some great thoughts each day.  I want to share some of Bob’s twitter feed;  this stuff has been an inspiration to me over the last couple week.

  • Fear and doubt always find people who are looking for them; hope and courage do the same thing. 
  • Every time we believe the lie that we’re still who we used to be, we’re acting like grace never found us 
  • Most of the things I’ve feared never happened; most of the things I hoped for did. Fear only has the influence we give it 
  • God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them 

If you haven’t yet, check him out on twitter @bobgoff

Jason

Last week I spent a few days visiting with community partners in Cincinnati.  It was a great time to connect with some friends in the community and hear stories about the summer.

The pictures above come from a ministry called Cincinnati Urban Promise.  YouthWorks has provided some groups to work on projects around the church facility as well as a children’s summer program they just launched this past summer in collaboration with Whole Again International.  They are doing great things in their neighborhood and are an inspirational vision of what God can do through those that are responsive to the call they hear.

Grace and peace,
 -David

"Cincinnati Urban Promise, Inc. seeks to create holistic change in the lives of individuals, families, and neighborhoods by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs through a Christ-centered approach to education, empowerment, and loving relationship."

http://www.cincyurbanpromise.org/

Three weeks ago we attended the CCDA National Conference, which was hosted here in Minneapolis.  The “Reconcile” image is from the theme of the week, for four days we had the opportunity to engage in conversations about reconciliation within various community development work.  
It was a full week with a lot of information to absorb and process.  As a part of the debrief process, the Midstates Region team did an exercise writing poems based on a specific experience at the conference.  The most inspirational and thought provoking moments for me came during the morning Bible studies with Dr. John Perkins, which is what I chose to write my poem on - it is included below.
Grace and peace,David 


I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me
I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins.  Absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience
I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation
“Black churches and white churches are an apostacy”, says the teacher - in this moment something like brokenness emerges from within me
I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins - absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience
Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship  I feel small, uninformed, fresh - yet, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation
“Church is the continuation of God’s incarnational presence in the world”, says the teacher - in this moment something like inspiration courses through me.­­­
The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption
Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship I feel small, uninformed, fresh –y et, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation
Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful
The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption
We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come
Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful
A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”
We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come
To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy
A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”
I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation
To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy
I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

Three weeks ago we attended the CCDA National Conference, which was hosted here in Minneapolis.  The “Reconcile” image is from the theme of the week, for four days we had the opportunity to engage in conversations about reconciliation within various community development work.  

It was a full week with a lot of information to absorb and process.  As a part of the debrief process, the Midstates Region team did an exercise writing poems based on a specific experience at the conference.  The most inspirational and thought provoking moments for me came during the morning Bible studies with Dr. John Perkins, which is what I chose to write my poem on - it is included below.

Grace and peace,
David 



I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins.  Absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience

I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation

“Black churches and white churches are an apostacy”, says the teacher - in this moment something like brokenness emerges from within me

I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins - absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience

Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship  I feel small, uninformed, fresh - yet, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation

“Church is the continuation of God’s incarnational presence in the world”, says the teacher - in this moment something like inspiration courses through me.­­­

The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption

Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship I feel small, uninformed, fresh –y et, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation

Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful

The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption

We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come

Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful

A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”

We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come

To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy

A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”

I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation

To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy

I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

On Monday I (Jason) got the chance to go out with one of our Chicago 1 crews to Eden Place.  Eden Place is a community garden on the south side of Chicago that has been working to improve the lives of neighborhood children.  Check out their website. It was an amazing blessing to hear their story and see what they are doing in the neighborhood. 

On Monday I (Jason) got the chance to go out with one of our Chicago 1 crews to Eden Place.  Eden Place is a community garden on the south side of Chicago that has been working to improve the lives of neighborhood children.  Check out their website. It was an amazing blessing to hear their story and see what they are doing in the neighborhood. 

Youth enjoying devo time this morning at Chicago 1!

Youth enjoying devo time this morning at Chicago 1!

A church on site last week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! Here is a picture of all they donated.  

A church on site last week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! Here is a picture of all they donated.  

Last week 21 middle school students and five adults from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN went on a YouthWorks mission trip to Denver. Besides serving people in Denver, God was at work in these kids’ hearts. Read what they had to say about how their lives were transformed on the trip.

____________________________ 


“This past week changed my life in so many ways. I made friends that I know I will have forever. I grew my relationship with our God. My group served at a nursing home, disability school and preschool. This trip, overall, showed me what my path is in life, and that path is to serve.” –Angela 

“This week I was with the Denver Metro Ministries Sidewalk Sunday School. They go in the streets and spread the Gospel to little kids in the neighborhoods around Denver. I saw God in Pastor John and all the other volunteers. The kids were so enthusiastic about learning about God’s Word, and Pastor John made it fun with puppet shows and balloon ministries. Not only did I learn about others, I learned about myself. For one of the first times, I was with people I had never met, and they treated me how I was on the inside and not the outside. This week I made some friends I will have forever. My group was with two kids from Idaho. They were so supportive of all of us and they hardly noticed that I had a limp or a brace on my left leg. It was so nice not to be defined by my appearance on the outside, but by my heart. I knew those kids for just four days, and they were already like a brother and sister to me. I saw that I was worth more than I knew and God has a great plan for my life.” –Sadie


“I didn’t really think God was all that powerful. I now see He is way powerful and controls everything we do and say. I now know he is a great God and helps me through whatever I need help with… I understand that God made me just the way he wanted to. He made me just the way I am for many reasons. There are bad things in the world, but we can take over the bad with good! I learned you can serve anywhere, and it doesn’t matter how old you are and who you are.” –Kayla


“I have always understood God, but I had many doubts, and they were proven wrong this week.” –Payton


“I feel like I know God more, and I know that he will always be there for me. I now know that I can make a difference in people’s lives by serving them. I saw how lucky I am to be where I am and to have what I have.” –Angela


“I feel more important than I have ever felt. I used to have really low confidence, but as the week progressed, I learned God has a plan and loves me for who I am. I have learned that there is help needed everywhere – not just Denver, but even in your community. When serving, you have to put others’ opinions before your own and find a way to balance and use everyone’s talents to serve others.” –Taylor


“The world is a beautiful plan with good and troubled people but they are all my brothers and sisters.”


“Jesus was the ultimate servant leader and we must set aside all prejudice and selfishness to be good servants.” –Amy


“This week, I learned that there is a nice and not crazy side in me.” –Nyla


“Following Jesus takes a lot more than praying and praising and you have to be willing to serve those below you and be more humble.” –Luke


“After I got my feet washed, my understanding of God got stronger. It was like God was there talking to me.” –Allyson


___________________

Quotes provided by

Beth Feltes, Family Ministry Director
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN

Last week 21 middle school students and five adults from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN went on a YouthWorks mission trip to Denver. Besides serving people in Denver, God was at work in these kids’ hearts. Read what they had to say about how their lives were transformed on the trip.

____________________________

“This past week changed my life in so many ways. I made friends that I know I will have forever. I grew my relationship with our God. My group served at a nursing home, disability school and preschool. This trip, overall, showed me what my path is in life, and that path is to serve.” –Angela

“This week I was with the Denver Metro Ministries Sidewalk Sunday School. They go in the streets and spread the Gospel to little kids in the neighborhoods around Denver. I saw God in Pastor John and all the other volunteers. The kids were so enthusiastic about learning about God’s Word, and Pastor John made it fun with puppet shows and balloon ministries. Not only did I learn about others, I learned about myself. For one of the first times, I was with people I had never met, and they treated me how I was on the inside and not the outside. This week I made some friends I will have forever. My group was with two kids from Idaho. They were so supportive of all of us and they hardly noticed that I had a limp or a brace on my left leg. It was so nice not to be defined by my appearance on the outside, but by my heart. I knew those kids for just four days, and they were already like a brother and sister to me. I saw that I was worth more than I knew and God has a great plan for my life.” –Sadie

“I didn’t really think God was all that powerful. I now see He is way powerful and controls everything we do and say. I now know he is a great God and helps me through whatever I need help with… I understand that God made me just the way he wanted to. He made me just the way I am for many reasons. There are bad things in the world, but we can take over the bad with good! I learned you can serve anywhere, and it doesn’t matter how old you are and who you are.” –Kayla

“I have always understood God, but I had many doubts, and they were proven wrong this week.” –Payton

“I feel like I know God more, and I know that he will always be there for me. I now know that I can make a difference in people’s lives by serving them. I saw how lucky I am to be where I am and to have what I have.” –Angela

“I feel more important than I have ever felt. I used to have really low confidence, but as the week progressed, I learned God has a plan and loves me for who I am. I have learned that there is help needed everywhere – not just Denver, but even in your community. When serving, you have to put others’ opinions before your own and find a way to balance and use everyone’s talents to serve others.” –Taylor

“The world is a beautiful plan with good and troubled people but they are all my brothers and sisters.”

“Jesus was the ultimate servant leader and we must set aside all prejudice and selfishness to be good servants.” –Amy

“This week, I learned that there is a nice and not crazy side in me.” –Nyla

“Following Jesus takes a lot more than praying and praising and you have to be willing to serve those below you and be more humble.” –Luke

“After I got my feet washed, my understanding of God got stronger. It was like God was there talking to me.” –Allyson

___________________

Quotes provided by

Beth Feltes, Family Ministry Director

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN

I (Jason) just got back from visiting our San Diego YouthWorks site.  It was such a blessing to see the team and meet community friends!  A few quick highlights:
Mt. Soledad - on Monday night we drove up to the mountain that overlooks the city and the beach.  It was such a beautiful view and it was really fun to see all the participants having fun and enjoying the experience together.  
Special Delivery- I visited Special Delivery which is one of our service partners and met Ruth who started the organization 21 years ago.  It was awesome to hear her stories and to see the need that this organization meets in the community.  Special Delivery delivers meals daily to about 110 clients that suffer from terminal illnesses.  Each day they bring food and joy to so many residents of San Diego.   It was a blessing to meet Ruth and to know that YouthWorks gets to be a part of their ministry.

I (Jason) just got back from visiting our San Diego YouthWorks site.  It was such a blessing to see the team and meet community friends!  A few quick highlights:

  • Mt. Soledad - on Monday night we drove up to the mountain that overlooks the city and the beach.  It was such a beautiful view and it was really fun to see all the participants having fun and enjoying the experience together. 
  • Special Delivery- I visited Special Delivery which is one of our service partners and met Ruth who started the organization 21 years ago.  It was awesome to hear her stories and to see the need that this organization meets in the community.  Special Delivery delivers meals daily to about 110 clients that suffer from terminal illnesses.  Each day they bring food and joy to so many residents of San Diego.   It was a blessing to meet Ruth and to know that YouthWorks gets to be a part of their ministry.
Adullum community cookout in Milwaukee continues growing each week!
INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY COOKOUT in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood in Puerto Rico!!!! We had phenomenal turnout from the community.  Participants were warm, welcoming and engaging with the community. Everyone enjoyed their time as we broke bread together.
A church on site this week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed!  
 One older couple in the community of Kokomo has been resistant to talk about matters of faith for many years.  Their daughter-in-law is the outreach director at one of our partner churches and she asked us to help them weed their property as they are in failing health and cannot do it. After two days of youth working there and chatting with them, this couple finally showed interest in their daughter-in-laws work at the church and asked about her faith.  Yea God!
  • Adullum community cookout in Milwaukee continues growing each week!
  • INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY COOKOUT in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood in Puerto Rico!!!! We had phenomenal turnout from the community.  Participants were warm, welcoming and engaging with the community. Everyone enjoyed their time as we broke bread together.
  • A church on site this week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! 
  •  One older couple in the community of Kokomo has been resistant to talk about matters of faith for many years.  Their daughter-in-law is the outreach director at one of our partner churches and she asked us to help them weed their property as they are in failing health and cannot do it. After two days of youth working there and chatting with them, this couple finally showed interest in their daughter-in-laws work at the church and asked about her faith.  Yea God!
Last week was my anniversary, my wife and I have been married 7 years!  As a gift my wife bought me the book Love Does by Bob Goff.   So far it is a great book, Bob is a terrific story teller and his stories make me want to serve Jesus in new and exciting ways each day.   I also recently started following Bob on twitter and he posts some great thoughts each day.  I want to share some of Bob’s twitter feed;  this stuff has been an inspiration to me over the last couple week.
Fear and doubt always find people who are looking for them; hope and courage do the same thing. 
Every time we believe the lie that we’re still who we used to be, we’re acting like grace never found us 
Most of the things I’ve feared never happened; most of the things I hoped for did. Fear only has the influence we give it 
God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them 
If you haven’t yet, check him out on twitter @bobgoff
Jason

Last week was my anniversary, my wife and I have been married 7 years!  As a gift my wife bought me the book Love Does by Bob Goff.   So far it is a great book, Bob is a terrific story teller and his stories make me want to serve Jesus in new and exciting ways each day.   I also recently started following Bob on twitter and he posts some great thoughts each day.  I want to share some of Bob’s twitter feed;  this stuff has been an inspiration to me over the last couple week.

  • Fear and doubt always find people who are looking for them; hope and courage do the same thing. 
  • Every time we believe the lie that we’re still who we used to be, we’re acting like grace never found us 
  • Most of the things I’ve feared never happened; most of the things I hoped for did. Fear only has the influence we give it 
  • God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them 

If you haven’t yet, check him out on twitter @bobgoff

Jason

Last week I spent a few days visiting with community partners in Cincinnati.  It was a great time to connect with some friends in the community and hear stories about the summer.

The pictures above come from a ministry called Cincinnati Urban Promise.  YouthWorks has provided some groups to work on projects around the church facility as well as a children’s summer program they just launched this past summer in collaboration with Whole Again International.  They are doing great things in their neighborhood and are an inspirational vision of what God can do through those that are responsive to the call they hear.

Grace and peace,
 -David

"Cincinnati Urban Promise, Inc. seeks to create holistic change in the lives of individuals, families, and neighborhoods by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs through a Christ-centered approach to education, empowerment, and loving relationship."

http://www.cincyurbanpromise.org/

Three weeks ago we attended the CCDA National Conference, which was hosted here in Minneapolis.  The “Reconcile” image is from the theme of the week, for four days we had the opportunity to engage in conversations about reconciliation within various community development work.  
It was a full week with a lot of information to absorb and process.  As a part of the debrief process, the Midstates Region team did an exercise writing poems based on a specific experience at the conference.  The most inspirational and thought provoking moments for me came during the morning Bible studies with Dr. John Perkins, which is what I chose to write my poem on - it is included below.
Grace and peace,David 


I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me
I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins.  Absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience
I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation
“Black churches and white churches are an apostacy”, says the teacher - in this moment something like brokenness emerges from within me
I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins - absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience
Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship  I feel small, uninformed, fresh - yet, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation
“Church is the continuation of God’s incarnational presence in the world”, says the teacher - in this moment something like inspiration courses through me.­­­
The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption
Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship I feel small, uninformed, fresh –y et, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation
Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful
The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption
We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come
Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful
A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”
We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come
To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy
A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”
I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation
To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy
I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

Three weeks ago we attended the CCDA National Conference, which was hosted here in Minneapolis.  The “Reconcile” image is from the theme of the week, for four days we had the opportunity to engage in conversations about reconciliation within various community development work.  

It was a full week with a lot of information to absorb and process.  As a part of the debrief process, the Midstates Region team did an exercise writing poems based on a specific experience at the conference.  The most inspirational and thought provoking moments for me came during the morning Bible studies with Dr. John Perkins, which is what I chose to write my poem on - it is included below.

Grace and peace,
David 



I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins.  Absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience

I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation

“Black churches and white churches are an apostacy”, says the teacher - in this moment something like brokenness emerges from within me

I “sit at the feet” of John Perkins - absorbing truth and gleaning from wisdom and experience

Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship  I feel small, uninformed, fresh - yet, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation

“Church is the continuation of God’s incarnational presence in the world”, says the teacher - in this moment something like inspiration courses through me.­­­

The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption

Recognizing my lack of years, experience, hardship I feel small, uninformed, fresh –y et, simultaneously my heart feels ripe, ready for plucking and transformation

Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful

The desperate need for redemption within this world is evident, but where to begin and what to do?  Perhaps the Church, with all of its baggage, is in need of just as much redemption

We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come

Sometimes I feel conflicted, at other times paralyzed even, but right now I feel hopeful

A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”

We live in a paradoxical tension of the “already but not yet”…creating beauty out of broken hallelujahs while longing for the victory march to come

To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy

A paradigm shift rumbles within my chest…the natural inclination to be as “cunning as a serpent” being balanced with the equal call towards the “innocence of a dove”

I scan the room and my eyes are met with a beautiful hue of the kingdom – a people longing for reconciliation

To be the incarnational presence of God within a broken world by means of my broken presence within a broken Church… it weighs heavy

I feel it in my chest, it pulses from my heart through me being - there is something stirring inside of me

On Monday I (Jason) got the chance to go out with one of our Chicago 1 crews to Eden Place.  Eden Place is a community garden on the south side of Chicago that has been working to improve the lives of neighborhood children.  Check out their website. It was an amazing blessing to hear their story and see what they are doing in the neighborhood. 

On Monday I (Jason) got the chance to go out with one of our Chicago 1 crews to Eden Place.  Eden Place is a community garden on the south side of Chicago that has been working to improve the lives of neighborhood children.  Check out their website. It was an amazing blessing to hear their story and see what they are doing in the neighborhood. 

Youth enjoying devo time this morning at Chicago 1!

Youth enjoying devo time this morning at Chicago 1!

A church on site last week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! Here is a picture of all they donated.  

A church on site last week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! Here is a picture of all they donated.  

Last week 21 middle school students and five adults from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN went on a YouthWorks mission trip to Denver. Besides serving people in Denver, God was at work in these kids’ hearts. Read what they had to say about how their lives were transformed on the trip.

____________________________ 


“This past week changed my life in so many ways. I made friends that I know I will have forever. I grew my relationship with our God. My group served at a nursing home, disability school and preschool. This trip, overall, showed me what my path is in life, and that path is to serve.” –Angela 

“This week I was with the Denver Metro Ministries Sidewalk Sunday School. They go in the streets and spread the Gospel to little kids in the neighborhoods around Denver. I saw God in Pastor John and all the other volunteers. The kids were so enthusiastic about learning about God’s Word, and Pastor John made it fun with puppet shows and balloon ministries. Not only did I learn about others, I learned about myself. For one of the first times, I was with people I had never met, and they treated me how I was on the inside and not the outside. This week I made some friends I will have forever. My group was with two kids from Idaho. They were so supportive of all of us and they hardly noticed that I had a limp or a brace on my left leg. It was so nice not to be defined by my appearance on the outside, but by my heart. I knew those kids for just four days, and they were already like a brother and sister to me. I saw that I was worth more than I knew and God has a great plan for my life.” –Sadie


“I didn’t really think God was all that powerful. I now see He is way powerful and controls everything we do and say. I now know he is a great God and helps me through whatever I need help with… I understand that God made me just the way he wanted to. He made me just the way I am for many reasons. There are bad things in the world, but we can take over the bad with good! I learned you can serve anywhere, and it doesn’t matter how old you are and who you are.” –Kayla


“I have always understood God, but I had many doubts, and they were proven wrong this week.” –Payton


“I feel like I know God more, and I know that he will always be there for me. I now know that I can make a difference in people’s lives by serving them. I saw how lucky I am to be where I am and to have what I have.” –Angela


“I feel more important than I have ever felt. I used to have really low confidence, but as the week progressed, I learned God has a plan and loves me for who I am. I have learned that there is help needed everywhere – not just Denver, but even in your community. When serving, you have to put others’ opinions before your own and find a way to balance and use everyone’s talents to serve others.” –Taylor


“The world is a beautiful plan with good and troubled people but they are all my brothers and sisters.”


“Jesus was the ultimate servant leader and we must set aside all prejudice and selfishness to be good servants.” –Amy


“This week, I learned that there is a nice and not crazy side in me.” –Nyla


“Following Jesus takes a lot more than praying and praising and you have to be willing to serve those below you and be more humble.” –Luke


“After I got my feet washed, my understanding of God got stronger. It was like God was there talking to me.” –Allyson


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Quotes provided by

Beth Feltes, Family Ministry Director
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN

Last week 21 middle school students and five adults from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN went on a YouthWorks mission trip to Denver. Besides serving people in Denver, God was at work in these kids’ hearts. Read what they had to say about how their lives were transformed on the trip.

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“This past week changed my life in so many ways. I made friends that I know I will have forever. I grew my relationship with our God. My group served at a nursing home, disability school and preschool. This trip, overall, showed me what my path is in life, and that path is to serve.” –Angela

“This week I was with the Denver Metro Ministries Sidewalk Sunday School. They go in the streets and spread the Gospel to little kids in the neighborhoods around Denver. I saw God in Pastor John and all the other volunteers. The kids were so enthusiastic about learning about God’s Word, and Pastor John made it fun with puppet shows and balloon ministries. Not only did I learn about others, I learned about myself. For one of the first times, I was with people I had never met, and they treated me how I was on the inside and not the outside. This week I made some friends I will have forever. My group was with two kids from Idaho. They were so supportive of all of us and they hardly noticed that I had a limp or a brace on my left leg. It was so nice not to be defined by my appearance on the outside, but by my heart. I knew those kids for just four days, and they were already like a brother and sister to me. I saw that I was worth more than I knew and God has a great plan for my life.” –Sadie

“I didn’t really think God was all that powerful. I now see He is way powerful and controls everything we do and say. I now know he is a great God and helps me through whatever I need help with… I understand that God made me just the way he wanted to. He made me just the way I am for many reasons. There are bad things in the world, but we can take over the bad with good! I learned you can serve anywhere, and it doesn’t matter how old you are and who you are.” –Kayla

“I have always understood God, but I had many doubts, and they were proven wrong this week.” –Payton

“I feel like I know God more, and I know that he will always be there for me. I now know that I can make a difference in people’s lives by serving them. I saw how lucky I am to be where I am and to have what I have.” –Angela

“I feel more important than I have ever felt. I used to have really low confidence, but as the week progressed, I learned God has a plan and loves me for who I am. I have learned that there is help needed everywhere – not just Denver, but even in your community. When serving, you have to put others’ opinions before your own and find a way to balance and use everyone’s talents to serve others.” –Taylor

“The world is a beautiful plan with good and troubled people but they are all my brothers and sisters.”

“Jesus was the ultimate servant leader and we must set aside all prejudice and selfishness to be good servants.” –Amy

“This week, I learned that there is a nice and not crazy side in me.” –Nyla

“Following Jesus takes a lot more than praying and praising and you have to be willing to serve those below you and be more humble.” –Luke

“After I got my feet washed, my understanding of God got stronger. It was like God was there talking to me.” –Allyson

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Quotes provided by

Beth Feltes, Family Ministry Director

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN

I (Jason) just got back from visiting our San Diego YouthWorks site.  It was such a blessing to see the team and meet community friends!  A few quick highlights:
Mt. Soledad - on Monday night we drove up to the mountain that overlooks the city and the beach.  It was such a beautiful view and it was really fun to see all the participants having fun and enjoying the experience together.  
Special Delivery- I visited Special Delivery which is one of our service partners and met Ruth who started the organization 21 years ago.  It was awesome to hear her stories and to see the need that this organization meets in the community.  Special Delivery delivers meals daily to about 110 clients that suffer from terminal illnesses.  Each day they bring food and joy to so many residents of San Diego.   It was a blessing to meet Ruth and to know that YouthWorks gets to be a part of their ministry.

I (Jason) just got back from visiting our San Diego YouthWorks site.  It was such a blessing to see the team and meet community friends!  A few quick highlights:

  • Mt. Soledad - on Monday night we drove up to the mountain that overlooks the city and the beach.  It was such a beautiful view and it was really fun to see all the participants having fun and enjoying the experience together. 
  • Special Delivery- I visited Special Delivery which is one of our service partners and met Ruth who started the organization 21 years ago.  It was awesome to hear her stories and to see the need that this organization meets in the community.  Special Delivery delivers meals daily to about 110 clients that suffer from terminal illnesses.  Each day they bring food and joy to so many residents of San Diego.   It was a blessing to meet Ruth and to know that YouthWorks gets to be a part of their ministry.
Adullum community cookout in Milwaukee continues growing each week!
INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY COOKOUT in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood in Puerto Rico!!!! We had phenomenal turnout from the community.  Participants were warm, welcoming and engaging with the community. Everyone enjoyed their time as we broke bread together.
A church on site this week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed!  
 One older couple in the community of Kokomo has been resistant to talk about matters of faith for many years.  Their daughter-in-law is the outreach director at one of our partner churches and she asked us to help them weed their property as they are in failing health and cannot do it. After two days of youth working there and chatting with them, this couple finally showed interest in their daughter-in-laws work at the church and asked about her faith.  Yea God!
  • Adullum community cookout in Milwaukee continues growing each week!
  • INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY COOKOUT in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood in Puerto Rico!!!! We had phenomenal turnout from the community.  Participants were warm, welcoming and engaging with the community. Everyone enjoyed their time as we broke bread together.
  • A church on site this week in the Quad Cities took up an offering and raised $124 to buy bread, peanut butter, and other supplies for a food bank that we work with and the ministry partner was overjoyed! 
  •  One older couple in the community of Kokomo has been resistant to talk about matters of faith for many years.  Their daughter-in-law is the outreach director at one of our partner churches and she asked us to help them weed their property as they are in failing health and cannot do it. After two days of youth working there and chatting with them, this couple finally showed interest in their daughter-in-laws work at the church and asked about her faith.  Yea God!

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