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Thomas’s Story

My name is Thomas Cherian and I am a Cabin Leader at Youthfront Camp West. I first heard about Youthfront two years ago when my cousin, who is a youth pastor, needed a male volunteer to go with his kids. At this point in my life, I knew that God had called me into ministry, but I just didn’t know to what capacity. Little did I know that serving as a volunteer cabin leader in the summer of 2015 would cause me to fall in love with Youthfront. I ended up coming back a few more times during the summer, and I soon started to feel more at home there.

One of my favorite aspects about Youthfront is the tight-knit community that forms. One of my biggest influences to come back and serve on Summer Staff was Dylan Aebersold. He was my first co-cabin leader and made me feel welcomed into the community. Youthfront has impacted me spiritually as I continue to grow in Christ and letting that growth influence my life and actions towards campers and coworkers. I love being able to be a part of the community that is Youthfront, because being in a Christ-like community in a world where these communities can be difficult to find is a huge blessing. Some of the best moments of God’s kingdom breaking through are when we as a community can truly be better together.

Youthfront is not only for the kids, but also for the leaders that help make Youthfront what it is. Youthfront has challenged me to consistently die to self everyday so that I can be the best servant leader that God has made me to be. Through Youthfront, I have continued to grow stronger in faith and to step out into the uncomfortable to bring forth the Kingdom one camper at a time.

Thomas Cherian, Cabin Leader at Youthfront Camp West

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