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Phillip’s Story

Youthfront has been a place I’ve heard surrounding many of my friends’ testimonies for the last couple of years. Though I was born in Nebraska, I am currently a student finishing up my degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. Over the last 4 years I have spent at MNU, I have heard very highly of Youthfront, but hadn’t decided to apply to be a part of the organization until this summer. I had no idea what to expect; all I knew was that I was seeking community amidst servanthood.

To say the least, after being here for the last several months, I have found what I was seeking. I believe that Christ calls us to a community; He calls us to service; He calls us to vulnerability. This past summer has done way more for me and the cultivation of those three callings than I ever would have expected from a Christian summer camp. The intentionality behind all of the staff members, volunteers, and residents is one of the most fulfilling and inspiring things I have ever been a part of. Whether it is through how everyone prays throughout the day, how everyone cares for not only their emotional well-being but also how they care for their physical health, or how intimately people care for their relationships both near and far, I have been encouraged to live up to the title “Christian” in a way that we may not see in our modern day media.

I remember teaching one of my first classes for the summer. The class was about what it means to purchase something “Fair Trade” and why it is essential for Christians to do so. My co-teacher and I had such brilliant and life-bringing conversation with the Pilgrims about the class afterward that I knew God was present not only in the class, but would continue to work in both my co-teacher, myself, and the Pilgrims’ lives regarding the topic from then on. The encouragement we both received after that class was incredible. In the end, after the summer is said and done, I will never forget the stories shared, the memories made, and the futures we all hoped for, residents and ‘Grims alike. I came to Youthfront seeking community, and I found it. Now, I will always remember what that looks like and what it feels like, and I will do everything I can to take that with me wherever I go and to share it with whoever I meet.

Phillip Prado, Youthfront LaCygne

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