Katie Chiaramonte, Youth Director
Valley Church, Des Moines IA
I saw our students lay hands on filthy men, serve boxes of food to young families, and talk and laugh with people who they would normally be told to stay away from. I saw Jesus in our students that weekend.
Alli Van Roekel, Youth Director
Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha NE
In eleven years of full-time youth ministry, I have taken youth on many types of mission trips. The most effective mission work is in our own backyard. By the end of the Urban Plunge weekend, the youth were already talking about plans of how they wanted to continue ministry to the downtown area. We went where Jesus would hang out.
Jonathan Van Maanen, Youth Pastor
First Evangelical Free Church, Ames IA
We took a group of 8th grade students on the Urban Plunge and they loved it. Their eyes are opened to the needs around them, where God is already working, and it helps them discover their gifts and passions. I would highly recommend this trip.
Franklin Wood, Youth Pastor
Southwest Church of Christ, Omaha NE
A thousand thanks for hosting the amazing-ness known as the Urban Plunge! Our faith was challenged, our hearts were moved, and our hope was restored. Now, a group of kids have been inspired to go where God is, and join Him there.
New Life Reformed, Sioux Center IA
Within the first few hours of Urban Plunge, we were out on the streets handing out juice and cookies and even praying with people on the street. What a joy to see our 13 year olds standing side by side with drug addicts praying with them.
Nicole Koenig, Director of Christian Education
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn NE
Wow that is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this past weekend experience. We were able to see how we, too, can make a difference in the lives of people.
Rev. Dr. Candace Adams, Senior Pastor
Hope Presbyterian Church, Spicer MN
The Urban Plunge was beyond what I imagined. Many times, people go on a mission trip and then return home and do nothing. Our youth are making plans to help the homeless within our county.
Pat Heemstra, Director of Youth Ministry
Faith Reformed Church, Rock Valley IA
We were gently taken out of our comfort zone and challenged to see people as God sees them. The variety of ministry sites we went to enabled us to see and learn so many different things.