August 2023: Introducing a New Generation to SIFAT

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Written by Matthew Ivey, Student Minister, Brandon FUMC, Brandon, Miss.

I first came to SIFAT around 2004 as a middle school student and fell in love. I attended multiple retreats as a student, and I even helped serve on support staff for summer camp when I was older. If you would have told that 15-year-old kid that he would end up in ministry and serve as a student pastor, he would have laughed at you! Here we are years later, and I have had the opportunity to take my students on a trip to SIFAT!

Matthew (front left) came to SIFAT as a student, and now he is bringing his youth group to Learn & Serve!

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