What is YoungFriends?
LST YoungFriends is a mission experience for high school students that utilizes the Let’s Start Talking (LST) approach to faith sharing and relationship building.
What’s the LST Approach?
Since 1980 LST has been sending small teams of students and adults to mission sites around the world where they help non-native English speakers practice conversational English using the Bible. LST’s unique approach to faith-sharing and relationship building provides a way for every Christian to connect meaningfully with those who may have little interest in faith, while giving the non-native English speaker an opportunity to grow in language proficiency though faith-filled conversations they may have never pursued before.
What do YoungFriends teams do?
YoungFriends teams utilize the LST approach in small-group settings to create life-changing conversations with teens at an international site. Coupled with the small-group conversations, these teams utilize a variety of social activities to facilitate connections between the YoungFriends team, members of the hosting church, and new friends who are coming to practice their conversational English. There’s also time to explore the hosting city and fall in love with a new culture!
How large are the teams?
A typical team is 10-15 students along with a few adult leaders.
How long is a project?
Most YoungFriends groups serve for 7-10 days.
Where do they serve?
Let’s Start Talking has relationships with churches at mission sites around the world. Sites that are a good match for LST YoungFriends teams tend to be more urban, in more developed parts of the world, and have students who are available as a result of local holidays (summer break, spring holiday, etc.). We’ll work closely to create the best match between your team and a potential site.
Will we be trained?
Absolutely! One reason LST sites ask for a team year after year is they know their teams will come well prepared. You’ll hit the ground running. We’ll prepare you for fundraising, team dynamics, cross-cultural dynamics, and of course utilizing the LST approach.
How much does it cost?
We use a shared-cost approach to funding all of our mission projects. You’ll raise a set amount of funds regardless of where you go. This frees you up to start raising funds immediately, even before you know where you’re going!
What is LST’s role?
We’re with you from start to finish! You’ll have a member of our staff connected with you from your first contact with us. That doesn’t always mean they’ll be physically present with you on site, but they will be in touch with you through the entire process; always just a phone call or email away. We’ll manage all the on-site logistics, travel arrangements, budget, etc.
What’s my next step?
Contact us via phone, email, or web site. Our passionate and highly competent staff in Fort Worth, Texas is eager to connect!