Espirito Youth Church

Karlsruhe, Germany
Category: Ministry with At-Risk Youth
*United Methodist, Southern Germany Conference
Granted: $5,000

The Espirito Youth Church opens its doors four times a week for young people and offers a place where they can meet friends and play in a safe environment, called the “Espirito Bistro.” Young people who have to fulfill community service instead of youth custody can serve their time working for the Espirito Bistro. Here they find acceptance and appreciation and learn to integrate into groups.




Youth Service Fund: 2012 Totals


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 Check it out, and share your thoughts on our Facebook page,

Have a great Easter week and happy giving!!!



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!





Giving: YSF Totals for 2011

Hello Everyone!

I’m not sure how it happened, but Spring 2012 is already here! So before the “new” year completely runs off without me, I want to share some of the Youth Service Fund (YSF) grand totals from 2011.

The Top 5 Conferences that Donated the Most???
1)      North Carolina
2)      Virginia
3)      West Michigan
4)      Tennessee
5)      California Pacific
Together, these conferences gave $27,006.40!!!


The Jurisdiction that Donated the Most in 2011??? (Drum roll, please!!)
The Southeastern Jurisdiction gave $23,487.39!


Thank you ALL for your hard work and your faithful giving. Just think of all of the projects that are being supported with these generous gifts! Youth are making a tremendous difference in their own backyards and all around the world, and that is why I want to hear from YOU!

-Tell me about your youth group’s fundraisers

-Offer suggestions about how to better connect with grant recipients

-Share the inspiration behind your contributions


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Below is a short video about YSF. It might be information you already know, and if that’s the case, share it with someone who doesn’t know about YSF! Thanks!


YPM’s Newest Staff, Kelsey Tinker

Hello Everyone!

My name is Kelsey, and I am a brand new staff member with Young People’s Ministries. I’ll be filling Sarah Smith’s position as the Grants and Scholarships Administrator. I am unbelievably excited to be a part of this incredible ministry, and I feel so privileged to work with such an awesome staff. It’s only my first week here, but I have already been so warmly welcomed by people all over the country. So I thought it would be appropriate if I took a moment to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about who I am.

First fun fact—my last name is Tinker. While it was not an ideal surname through those tricky middle school years, I have learned to love it. A lot of people call me Tink, and I really enjoy the nickname.

I grew up in the very small town of Trenton, GA, and then I ventured off to LaGrange College in the slightly bigger town of LaGrange, GA. I majored in Religion with a concentration in Church Leadership, and I minored in Spanish and Oikos (a sustainability minor). Through my years at LC, God provided so many fantastic opportunities for me to experience. I won’t list them all now, but just know that I am bound to bring them up in future conversations. A lot.

After college, a couple of my friends and I decided to proclaim our independence and move to the great big city of Nashville, TN. Then I quickly discovered the true meaning of the phrase, “Learning the hard way,” but fortunately, I very recently received a lesson in grace. I am so happy to have learned about this position with YPM, and I am grateful for the chance to be in ministry and serve with each of you.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!!