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!

 

 

 

 

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!!)
1)      SOUTHEASTERN
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

 

Send emails to youngpeople@gbod.org or ktinker@gbod.org

 

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!!

Hope Computer Center

For many of us, we don’t have to go somewhere to use a computer because we have at least one in our home. The situation is a little different for this group of people in the DRC. A group of students run this computer centre and use it to help empower poor people and teach them how to become self-sufficient. Since receiving the funds, they’ve approached two schools to provide them with computer and information technology training. The group was also able to purchase three refurbished computers to use for the training.

Update: 11/15/2011

This past week I emailed our friends working with the Hope Computer Center.  I was able what’s been going on with the program lately.  So, just to make this a little more personal, I’ll share with you what the email said.  Read below:

The students are doing well.  We are just at the beginning of the basics notions about the website and domain names and how to register a domain name.  We are not advanced on websites building.  We are working on the important topics as you know…Thank you for what we were able to get so that other organizations can have also.

One of my favorite parts about this email is the last line my friend Michel writes.  They received much less than they requested but are still making the most of the situation and working with an attitude of gratefulness.  It was actually a somewhat convicting post too.  Personally, I know how much more I have than others and I completely take advantage of it at times.  I’m thankful for our friends working with the Hope Computer Center because of the classes they are offering in the DRC but also for what they are teaching me through their attitudes.
Just wanted to offer a little update to you!

Category: Faith Sharing and Outreach
*United Methodist
Amount Requested: $2,500
Country: Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo