Canadian Baptist of Western Canada

CBWC Youth power up tools to SERVE

Over 200 youth came from across western Canada to SERVE the community of Brandon, Manitoba last month.

“It’s become the highlight of our youth group,” says Filipino Evangelical Church youth pastor Clinton Legaspi. “We tell them it’s a missions trip, where they’re going to work, to do hard labour. And if the opportunity comes to share the gospel or even a word of kindness to a person, then you are using SERVE as a tool. Because you can’t just go to someone’s house and tell them of the love of God, but you can go to a community and say, ‘We’ll just work here for free.’ Then people ask question and you can tell them why you’re doing it.”

One of the biggest projects this year was restoration work on a campground that had been flooded twice in recent years. The owner couldn’t afford to pay staff to do all the work needed, and was blessed to have the volunteer youth come tackle the mess.

“He was just overwhelmed by the support from the community,” Clinton said. “He said 6-months to a year’s worth of work, we did in a week.”

SERVE is CBWC’s annual youth event, somewhere between a missions trip and summer camp. The youth volunteer around town for a week, with evening services and worship. CBWC’s youth director, Tammy Klassen says the goal is primarily to help the local church connect with their community, and also to make connections within our denomination.

“Because we’re so spread geographically we don’t get that opportunity hardly ever, and especially as youth leaders, because there’s not normally the budget to send them out to events.

It’s also a growing experience for the youth. The speaking theme this year was repentance and revival. He heard from many youth that they want to go home and become better sons and daughters, helping out around the house and doing SERVE-style chores for their families. Others came away empowered when they found out they actually can use power tools, and do hard manual labour.

“It’s just no strings attached, just the love of God.”

Next year, SERVE will be in Kamloops July 1 – 7, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

Clinton’s youth group, Filipino Evangelical Church Overflow produced a video of the week here: 


Music: “Victory” by Jordan St Cyr

Posted by FEC Overflow on Sunday, July 9, 2017