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By: Annabelle Hayes

The Mission of Peace trip to India has really impacted me in many ways. It has taught me so much, not only about the people of India but about myself. I don’t really know if I can begin to describe just one thing, but something that has really stood out for me is the amazing people in India.
 
Everywhere you go there are smiling faces and people just so excited to meet us and welcome us in any way they can. The people here are so hospitable even though they might not have much they are willing to give us what they have just to make sure we feel happy and welcome. The people showed me here that you don’t need nice clothes and a big house, as long as you have God and those lasting relationships.

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More than a decade ago, members of the Halifax United Methodist Church believed that God was calling them to provide local youth with a place to go after school - a place to play games, visit with friends, or simply just "hang out.” That vision became the Halifax Youth Center, which first opened in 1997 at a former residential home along Rise Street in Halifax Borough.

More than a decade later, the center has met its original goals and, according to church members, succeeded beyond what anyone connected with it ever could have anticipated. "The center's outreach transcends just our congregation. It's become an anchor in the community," said Patrick Castellani, chairperson of the church's RockSOLID campaign committee.

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By Kathy L. Gilbert

Ken Rheingans, a youth pastor at a small church in Wisconsin, has taken a page from the past to resurrect a worldwide association for United Methodist young adults.
As a father of two 20-somethings, and with years of experience as a youth pastor, Rheingans knows something is missing in The United Methodist Church.
“Ninety-nine percent of the young adults I talk to say their churches have no young adult programs,” he said.

In 2003, Rheingans and his wife started a Vacation Bible School camp for children with disabilities and their families associated with Pleasant Valley (Wis.) United Methodist Church. The summer camp became bigger than the church in budget and people participating. Last year, the camp had more than 250 mostly young adult volunteers.
Clearly there were young adults in the community who wanted to be involved in missions and the church, Rheingans said. That started his search for resources or programs specifically designed for 18- to 35-year-olds.

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