Spiritual Practice


Michelle Ankrum & Tynea Lewis

Last summer, members of my youth group went to the Catholic Heart Workcamp in Minnesota, where youth from across the country gathered for an awesome week of fun and service. We enjoyed comparing accents and pronunciations, but the most important part of the week was our four days of service work.

Michelle Ankrum photo
I believe I saw the Holy Spirit at work in the members of my work crew and through the resident whose house we cleaned and painted. This experience required a huge step outside my comfort zone; and yet, it was a step worth taking because it challenged me to give myself to God and to follow through with what I felt called to do.

Michelle Ankrum, 17



You see that [Abraham’s] faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
James 2:22 (NIV)

NEED A CHALLENGE? My youth group was a great place to socialize and to unwind in a safe atmosphere, but I wanted more. I wanted to be challenged to grow in my faith and to improve my walk with God. Is your youth group a place where people talk about their struggles and help one another grow closer to God? In what ways does your youth group challenge you to step out in faith? How can you encourage your youth group to embrace both fellowship and service?

—Tynea Lewis

Photos courtesy of Michelle Ankrum

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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