YSF Twitter Challenge

For the last 36 years, the Youth Service Fund has been divided in two ways: 70% stays in the Annual/Central Conference that raised the funds, and 30% is forwarded to Young People’s Ministries to be used for the Global YSF. All of this money has been raised by youth and then given to support youth around the world!

Question: How much has been given to the Global YSF since 1977?

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Tweet your answer to @ypmgbod #youthservicefund, and the closest guess will win a throwback YSF prize! The answer and winner will be posted on Wednesday, May 22.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: YSF 2003

Spring Cleaning has begun in the office! Aside from the dust and cobwebs, we’ve found some interesting things…

Yesterday, Diane brought me a stack of personal stories turned in for a Youth Service Fund project in Kenya from 2003, called “Youth At Risk Baptist Centre.” This project paid for 15 students to attend high school, provided skills training YSFpic1for 15 young people, enabled 3 youth to take a computer class, and helped 1 young person join a counseling course. Each of the statements was handwritten with a photo attached. I was struck by the gratitude and care put into each of these letters, and I wanted to share a few excerpts.

From Patricia at age 17: “The Youth Service Fund has helped me to have a positive attitude towards my life, such that I know that God is there for me, and that’s why he has opened a way even where there seemed to be no way. God bless you abundantly, exceedingly, and above all we can think of.”

From Joab at age 17: “It’s my prayer that your participation in service will help many youths to fulfill their dreams in life and never wish to quit in everything they do.”

From Grace at age 16: “I thank God for giving me loving, caring and wonderful parents. I am very pleased and happy about this project, and I am praying and asking God to help it grow because it has really helped my parents so much in paying my school fees, and this will enable me to go through my education without problems.”

Ten years ago, 34 young people in Kenya received a wonderful gift from countless young people around the world. That is pretty amazing!! Whether you gave to YSF in 2013, 2003, or 1983, that gift made a difference.

Youth Service Fund: 2012 Totals

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Hello Everyone!

Spring has finally made it here to Nashville, Tennessee, and I couldn’t help but share the view. It is a beautiful day!

I wanted to share with you some of the giving totals for Youth Service Fund from 2012, because the generosity of so many young people across the country is simply amazing! Thousands of dollars are raised each year by youth for projects that are youth-designed, youth-led, and benefit youth all around the world. Keep in mind these totals show only the 30% contributed to the Global YSF.

Here are the top givers for each Jurisdiction (drum roll, please!):

  • North Cental – West Michigan Conference
  • Northeastern – Upper New York
  • South Central – Arkansas
  • Southeastern – Virginia
  • Western – California-Pacific

These 5 annual conferences gave a combined total of $25,214.56!

The California-Pacific conference came in as the top contributor with to total of $8,111.28, and the jurisdiction that raised the most, a total of $17,320.46, was South Central!

Many thanks to all of the youth who have made the Youth Service Fund possible! It is a truly unique and remarkable ministry, and you can connect with projects that have received Global YSF funding at www.youthservicefund.org. Check it out, and share your thoughts on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/YSF.UMC.

Have a great Easter week and happy giving!!!

 

 

#GivingTuesday

On this “Giving Tuesday,” I am reminded of the tremendous generosity of youth through the Youth Service Fund. All year, every year, youth work to collect funds to simply give away. This is the kind of giving that Christ has asked of us–to give humbly without expectations of anything in return; for it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Wait. What? We’re supposed to give our time, our effort, and our money…and expect nothing?

That’s not exactly the best sales pitch, but I must say, it is truly inspiring. Over the last month we’ve seen the horrible destruction of hurricane Sandy, but we’ve also seen the efforts to raise funds, gather flood buckets, and give whatever possible to support those in need. These gifts could not be given with stipulations, they just had to be given.

On this Giving Tuesday, we are encouraged to give. For some, this means giving money. For others, it’s listening to a friend or volunteering or spending time with someone who needs a little company. It doesn’t matter how you give, it just matters that you do.

Although we are challenged to give without expecting anything in return, the reality is that we often benefit in unexpected ways. Giving creates new friendships, unseen opportunities, and growth.Through giving, we receive in ways we never anticipated.

So give. Give your prayers. Give your energy. Give your love. Then remember that those who give are no different than those who receive.

 

 

 

Healthy Teen Mums for Healthy Kids

The Kasijjagirwa Christian Fellowship in Masaka, Uganda launched the Healthy Teen Mums for Healthy Kids project in early January 2012 with the help of a grant from Youth Service Fund.

Healthy Teen Mums for Healthy Kids serves the isolated and incapacitated expectant teens and teen moms in the community through counseling, bible lessons, nutritional food preparation, and teaching parenting skills. The mission of this project is to share the love of God to all and to equip and empower teen mothers to improve their condition of life and raise healthy children.

Kasijjagirwa Christian Fellowship created a drop in center where these young women can come together, form friendships, and receive care. Currently, there are 12 teenagers enrolled at the center.

Click here to read a testimony from Suzan, one of the young mothers who is a part of Healthy Teen Mums for Healthy Kids.

Please know that Youth Service Fund is a vital ministry to youth ALL over the world! What a blessing it is to give to the young people in Uganda and to receive this wonderful testimony from Suzan.

Thank you for your ministry through YSF everyone!

 

 

 

 

Equip Orphaned Youth to Develop Their Skill in the Future

Category: Agricultural/Vocational
*Non-UMC/Ecumenical/Interfaith
Granted: $3,000

This project is about giving youth orphans a sense of meaning and purpose. This is accomplished through training youth in leadership development, encouraging community participation and development, and creating employment avenues and enhanced vocational training.

Student Forum, “You are the Light of the World 2012”

Category: Leadership Development
*United Methodist
Granted: $10,000

The main purpose of this forum is to nurture young adult leaders for church ministry. Seven forums have been held since 2005, and they teach principles of leadership and ministry skills. There are workshops that focus on worship, spiritual exercises, media ministry, liturgical dance, and more. It is planned by youth council of North-West Russia and Belarus.

Empowering Young People to Lead Change

Category: Leadership Development
*United Methodist
Granted: $3,000

This project aims to put young people, especially young women, in control of their lives by educating and empowering themselves to take action on key issues for their generation. The project promotes positive self-esteem and women’s rights, and it educates young people about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.

Empowerment of the Youth in Vorga Community

Category: Faith Sharing and Outreach
*Non-UMC/Ecumenical/Interfaith
Granted: $1,000
This project helps young people in the Vorga community of Accra, Ghana to express the love of Christ Jesus to the people in the community. The project will hopefully encourage churches in community to have more effective young Christian workers and transformational leaders, and it will also create an awareness of the benefit of formal education for young people.