Posts By: Sam Townsend

Teenagers or Communities?

Are mission trips about teenager or communities? It’s an important question for anyone inviting students to go and serve others. Who is this experience really about?! Watch this short video to find out what we think.   Want to find a mission trip… Read more »

Our Favorite Number of 2017

In 2017… We’re excited to invite 30,000 people from 1,500 churches into meaningful service-learning experiences hosted by 362 YouthWorks staff in 72 communities across the continent. This summer, we’ll spend 80 days inviting students and families into the stories of… Read more »

Assisted Care On The Edge Of Town

During my first summer on YouthWorks staff, there were two assisted care facilities in town. There was the nice one, where many adult leaders would joke, “That’s where I want to retire. It’s so fancy!” And then there was the other… Read more »

The Simple Act of Setting Aside

    Every year, when I see people’s colorful Easter outfits, I am convinced we are doing our darndest to dress up as Easter eggs.   And that’s not a bad thing. A children’s book I’m reading right now says, “Clothes… Read more »

Music, Missions and Me

I remember the first time I walked into Sonshine Music Festival. I was 15 and a buddy from camp had invited me to join him. Miraculously, we weaved our way directly through thousands of tents to happen upon our fellow… Read more »