Honduras Mission Experience Reflections

IMG_20180628_120400235I am riding a bus somewhere betweenAtlanta and Columbia as I write this reflection. Obviously the thoughts of our 2018 SCMYP Honduras Mission Experience are running through my mind as fresh as summer veggies from the garden.  So I thought now might be the best time to share a few quick reflections from this week. So here goes:
  1. There is plenty to be excited for in this generation, if we (as adults) are willing to take the opportunity to share the journey with them.  The group of young people that I was blessed to share this experience with are top notch.  They are fun.  They are compassionate.  They are hard workers.  They are adventurous.  They are supportive of one another.  And they are faithful in their walk with Christ and are willing to “walk” their faith and not just “talk” it.  They are interested in becoming more Christ-like.  I had the chance to hear and see these things first hand. If you are an adult reading this I encourage you to find a group of young people to spend some time with.  It will be worth it.  If you are a young person reading this, please keep being you and look for opportunities to share who you are becoming, in Christ, with a caring adult
  2. Air conditioning and media have had a negative effect on our culture.  Each afternoon after we completed our work day, our group would gather before and after supper on the IMG_20180628_115527716front porch of the dorm and sit in hammocks and in chairs and just talk.  Some conversations were serious and others were just silly.  But they were all enjoyable.  I also noticed that as we were on the porch we had opportunities to talk to many other missionaries as they walked or rode by and to some of the ranch staff.  It was a stark contrast to the U.S. when we run quickly to the confines of our air conditioned homes and watch tv or engage other technology.  I love air conditioning and technology but it struck me that we are much better neighbors when we don’t have those things.
  3. We tend to focus more on the differences in people than the similarities, even though there are just as many (if not more) similarities than differences.  We were in a foreign country working side by side with  beautiful people that looked different than us, had a very different culture, vastly different living conditions, and obviously spoke a different language.  However, leaving the village of Corral Viejo, our entire group would agree that what struck us must was not the differences, but the similarities. We played together, worked together, sang together, read the bible together, prayed together, joked with img_20180625_095124960each other, and much more. We hope the people of Corral Viejo learned from us.  We sure learned much from them.  They are a beautiful, faith-filled community striving to live a life that honors God. Which is exactly the motivation our team had for being there in the first place.  The greatest similarity is our desire to walk with God.  And that overcomes a multitude of differences.  I believe our society and our church could learn from that.
A big thanks to our team:  Adam, Ashlee, Bishop Holston, Caroline, Elizabeth, Jada, Lizzie, and Sandra for walking this journey with me.
If you are 16-22 and want to be a part of our team next summer, let me know and Mark your calendar for June 21-29.

 

 

Chris Lynch serves as the Coordinator of SCMYP (South Carolina Ministries With Young People) as well as a Congregational Specialist for the Rock Hill and Spartanburg Districts.  He is married and has 3 teenage daughters, lives in the Upstate of SC and loves to play golf, hang out with friends, and smoke great BBQ

#SCMYPSummer Instagram Contest


We are sure that many of you have summer plans with your youth groups.  Summer is a great time to build relationships, take mission trips, have road trips and summer camps.  Since we are taking a break from the E-News until September, we need your help to keep up with the fun of the Summer.  So we want you to take part in the #SCMYPSummer Campaign.  It’s easy.  When you are out and about this summer, take a group shot and post it on Instagram and tag @scmyp and use the hashtag #scmypsummer.  This will allow us to keep up with everyone this summer.  We will randomly select posts to receive some SCMYP swag, so keep posting.

Have a Boat-load of Fun With Killingsworth

Looking for a fun outing that supports a great cause?  The 14th Annual Killingsworth Boatload of Fun is being held on Saturday July 21, 2018 at 9:30a.m. on the Saluda River.  Killingsworth is a home for women recovering from various crises in the Columbia area.  The fundraiser would be a great day trip for any youth group and it helps raise funds for a great cause.  For only $35 per person, all equipment is provided, not experience is necessary, professional guides accompany all paddlers down the river, and a picnic lunch is included.  Make plans now for your group to join us.

Download the flyer to share with your group!

Let’s Set a Record…Literally!

Want to break a Guinness World Record?

SCMYP and the rest of the S.C. Annual Conference are looking for individuals to join us at Annual Conference on June 5, 2018, as we seek to break a world record for the longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop!

That’s right, as part of the UMC’s Hulapalooza campaign to raise awareness of the issue of Abundant Health around the world, we are seeking at least 600 people to join us in setting a new world record and – more importantly – help us to raise awareness to the fact that there are many in our world who don’t have access to the information needed to learn what it means to live in abundant health.

In addition, and to make a difference in our world when it comes to abundant health, we will be holding a Health Kit packaging event on the afternoon of June 5th at Annual Conference as well.

Our goal is to package 10,200 UMCOR Health Kits that will be sent to those in need around the world. Donations are currently being accepted to buy the supplies for the packaging event.
To encourage youth groups from across the conference to join us, we have connected all of the Tuesday events for Annual Conference so that you can easily

make a day of it for your group. Here’s the June 5 schedule:

2-4 p.m.        UMCOR Health Kit Packaging

4:30-6 p.m.  Hulapalooza World Record Attempt

6-7 p.m.        Free Hotdog Supper (youth groups only)                                                                                            7:30 p.m.      Annual Conference Worship Service

Please consider bringing your youth group to Annual Conference on June 5. It is always great to have the youth of our conference make an impact on the event.

If you plan to bring a group, please take a moment to complete the online registratio

n form. Even if your group is unable to make it to the event, you can be a part by donating funds to help pay for the health kit supplies.

We look forward to seeing you June 5 in Greenville!

Helping Youth Following a School Shooting

This week, we have again witnessed the devastation that occurs all too often as part of the aftermath of a violent school shooting.  There is no doubt, regardless of your context, that there have been conversations in your circle of influence this week about the events in Parkland, FL.    Amazingly, I have been blown away at the interviews with youth that lived through this tragedy.  Their words have been both and inspiration and a challenge to me to make a difference in helping prevent these sort of events from occurring.   Our thoughts and prayers are with all that were affected by this tragedy, and may our thoughts and prayers lead to action to prevent future occurrences.

Even in the midst of these tough situation, as youth workers, we are called to ministry alongside the youth in our churches and sometimes beyond.  With that in mind, we, at SCMYP, wanted to offer a few resources from trusted colleagues and friends to help you help your youth deal with and wrestle with the impact of this terrible tragedy.  To that end, there are several links below that you might find helpful:

Responding to a Shooting:  3 Approaches For Youth Workers – an overview of possible responses from the youth worker’s perspective shared from Youth Worker Collective.

Discipleship in the Midst of Tragedy:  Discipleship Ministries has a video focused on engaging unchurched in the community during times of tragedy.  It was developed during the Hurricane in Houston last year, but can apply to a range of tragedies.

Another Tragedy…Beginning the Day After:  A brief blog post with a reminder of where to turn in the midst of these unfathomable tragedies from Walt Mueller at CPYU

Revolution Updates

Revolution 2018 News

Special Guests Announced

Revolution 2018 announced the lineup for this year’s events last month via the SCMYP social media accounts. If you missed it, you can catch up with all the news on the Revolution page of the SCMYP website.

Our speaker will be the Rev. Jasmine Smothers, and our worship will be led by Bonray.

Get to know each of our guests better on the web.

T-Shirt Design Released

For the first time ever, we are pre-releasing the T-shirt design for Revolution.
Check it out:

Be sure to guarantee your sizes by pre-ordering your shirts when you register.
At the event, we will have a limited number available on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Revolution Registration

Registration for Revolution is now open. On the registration page, you can register your group and pre-order any event T-shirts. The deadline to register at the standard $55 rate is Jan. 12. After that date, all registrations will take place at the door at a rate of $65.

Volunteers Needed for Youth 2019

Hey you! Yes, you! Come Volunteer at YOUTH 2019!
We are excited to announce that all the info about how to become a volunteer is now up on our website!
Maybe you want to volunteer because you’ve been to past YOUTH Events and you loved the expirence. Maybe you want to volunteer because you feel God is calling you to work with young people. Maybe you have no idea what YOUTH 2019 is but you’re looking for a fun volunteer opportunity. Whatever your reasons we’ve got you covered!
You can check out all the information on how to become a volunteer at youth2019.com but we thought we’d share some highlights with you right now!
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who is 19 years of age or older!
What do I get to do as a volunteer?
There are three options when filling out your volunteer application:
Service Volunteer
Youth 2019 is going where no YOUTH event has gone before; we are incorporating service opportunities! But this means we need lots of volunteers to help us get YOUTH participants to and from their worksites, organize worksites and more. The Service Volunteers will go through a special training at the beginning of the week with the YOUTH 2019 Service Coordinators. During training volunteers will learn about the service program, be assigned jobs for the week, and learn to work together as a team.
Backstage Volunteer
Backstage Volunteers are one of the most important groups of volunteers at Youth 2019. Trained by the Stage Manager and Worship Coordinator these volunteers will be an integral part of making evening worship and morning Bible studies happen. Backstage Volunteer jobs will vary from day to day depending on what the Stage Manager and Worship Coordinator assign.
 Gathering Volunteer 
The Gathering Volunteers cover a variety of jobs and are the heartbeat of the event. Gathering Volunteers do everything from working the registration desk and information booths, to helping in workshops and DIG groups. The Gathering Volunteer is the most versatile of all the volunteer positions. A Gathering Volunteer may spend his or her morning helping at registration and their afternoon overseeing games in the exhibit hall. Everyday will be different for Gathering Volunteers.
How to become a volunteer
Beceoming a volunteer is simple! In July 2018 we will open registration and along with that we will open our volunteer application. You will get a chance choose in what capacity you wish to serve and we will do our best to make sure you are placed where you want to be.Â
Things are coming together for YOUTH 2019 and  we couldn’t be mre excited to share it with you! Â

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