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Join me on this Haiti blog tour

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In a week, Clint and I are taking a team of bloggers to Haiti’s ground zero, Carrefour. We’ve been invited by the pastors there to partner with them in rebuilding their country. Everyday, we’ll be sharing Haiti’s stories with you and bringing dignity to the people who lived them in the process. …
By Seth Barnes
In a week, Clint and I are taking a team of
bloggers to Haiti’s ground zero, Carrefour. We’ve been invited by the pastors there to partner with them in rebuilding their country. Everyday, we’ll be sharing Haiti’s stories with you and bringing dignity to the people who lived them in the process.

We’re thrilled by the quality of the team. They are key influencers in the world of youth ministry. Together we have the opportunity to share with the Church how we can make a difference in Haiti. Please follow their blogs as they chronicle their journey:
youthleadersAnne Jackson is a speaker and author of the books Mad Church Disease and Permission to Speak Freely.
Tim Schmoyer is a full time youth pastor for Alexandria Covenant Church and author of Life in Student Ministry (published by YS/Zondervan in early 2011).
Adam McLane is the Digital Czar for Youth Specialties.
Mark Oestreicher is a writer and former President of Youth Specialties.
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Jeremy Zach started REYouthPastor.com and is a full time youth pastor for Church by the Sea.
Lars Rood is the Lead Youth Minister at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, as well as a speaker and a writer.
Ian Robertson is full time videographer.
Rhett Smith is a Family and Marriage Counselor and writer as well as being on staff part time with Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Clint Bokelman is the Director for Short Term Missions for Adventures in Missions.
To follow the group’s preparations and updates, visit: facebook.com/ymath
 
Marko summarizes our purpose well in his blog yesterday:

there’s plenty – really, plenty – to be stoked about:

– i got to be a part of organizing this awesome group of youth
ministry bloggers to go on this trip. i actually conceived the trip;
and, knowing my friends at adventures in missions,
was keenly aware that they would do what they do best: mobilize quickly
and responsibly to host groups in response to the worst disasters.
within a day or two of the earthquake, i was thinking to myself, “youth
groups, and other church groups, are going to want to go to haiti in
the next 6 months. that’s great. but it could be really horribly; or it
could be a tangible blessing to haiti.” and it dawned on me that it
might be a good idea to take a group of blogging youth workers as an
“advance team”, to experience a trip to haiti right now, and report
back to the broader youth ministry community with stories and input.
and that’s what we’re doing!
 
i’ve been a fan of this organization for a long time now. i went with
aim on the 2nd missions trip i ever took kids on, back in about 1990. i
got to know their staff (particularly their founder and director, seth
barnes), and i grew to deeply appreciate their approach. i even served
on their board for 5 years, and brought my own dad onto the board also.
aim has the combination of deep and biblical theology (when it comes to
missions) as well as a practical expertise that’s so essential for
trips like this.
So, please bookmark some of the links above – I hope you join us!

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