The Gift of Appreciation

December 22, 2014
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Thank you…Other than ‘I love you’ it is probably the most underutilized yet necessary phrase in the English language. It is this very phrase that I make a point to share with youth workers every time I get a chance to speak publicly to them. I do this because I get it. I do this.. read more →

Christmas Traditions

December 15, 2014
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Every year at Christmastime my family growing up had a long list of traditions we went through that really made it special for me and my brothers. Decorating Christmas cookies with mom, watching the clay-mation Rudolph movie, picking the tree out at a lot with dad, coming home to decorate it and have chili, empty.. read more →

A Lasting Impression?

May 22, 2014
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Captain Marion Platt “I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? …Did I point to You enough?” -Nicole Nordeman, 2002   Memorial Day is the American holiday honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.  A bit of trivia for you: the.. read more →

Recovering from Burn Out

May 15, 2014
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Lindsey Fleeman EQUIP is now a week behind us, and for those of you who didn’t go, or who have never gone, you’re missing out! I believe it’s one of the most important conferences YouthDownSouth holds.  Our very motto is “equipping leaders who impact youth.” It’s an unsung event because it doesn’t have the glitz.. read more →

My Mom: A Lasting Impression

May 8, 2014
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Jill Penhale If you know her, really, then you probably know that Major Janice Riefer is lady who speaks her mind, loves people fully, and lets you know EXACTLY what she thinks – in the best way possible! As her daughter, I also know that she is really good at card games, making breakfast foods.. read more →

EQUIP 2014: Making a Lasting Impression

April 17, 2014
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EQUIP 2014 is coming up May 5th-8th, and Lindsey is getting excited about the theme as she explores the depth of “Lasting Impression.” Are you as excited about EQUIP as Lindsey? Have you registered yet? Today (April 17th) is the last day to register with the hotel.  Click here if you haven’t done so already… read more →

Holiness: be like Jesus, or else!

April 10, 2014
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Lindsey Fleeman I’m no expert in holiness, not by a long shot.  Sometimes in my pursuit of holiness, and in trying my very best to live right, I find it’s best to be accountable to someone.  Holiness feels so deeply personal to my relationship with God.  Sometimes I feel like it won’t matter whether or.. read more →

EQUIP 2014: We’re looking to highlight you!

April 9, 2014
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You guys are making a lasting impression everyday in your Corps and Divisions, and we want to give you some recognition! What awesome Corps programs or events do you have that are impacting the youth in your community? Find pics or snap new ones.  Send in those pictures and a 1-2 sentence blurb of what cool.. read more →


February 24, 2014
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Sheila Livingston The first thing you should know is that I drink coffee – a lot of coffee. I have since I was a little girl and our family’s comfort food was a fresh loaf of Italian bread from the corner bakery with butter and jelly, and coffee with milk and sugar. You’ve seen those.. read more →