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Dordt College hosts youth Prairie Project

July 11, 2014

In several cities across western Iowa and eastern South Dakota, Christian youth groups from Canada and the United States set out to make a difference during Youth Unlimited’s 2014 SERVE project: The Prairie Project.

Dordt College sponsored the weeklong event, which lasted from July 6 to 10. Youth were stationed at Friendship Community Church in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and were divided into three teams that each tackled a community project.

Each community project focused on restoring the homes and relationships within a certain neighborhood or area. One team cleaned yards and remodeled houses in the South Dakota Winnebago reservation, another worked alongside Habitat for Humanity painting houses in Le Mars, Iowa, and the last group worked at a soccer camp for kids from the neighborhood near the Friendship Church in Sergeant Bluff and youth from the Laotian Siouxland Unity Christian Reformed Church in Sioux City.

Associate Professor of Theology Jason Lief described The Prairie Project as a way to “provide young people with the opportunity to encounter God by encountering the people of the Sioux City, Iowa, area.”

Youth Unlimited’s goal is to bring together young volunteers and churches to care for communities across North America and to be a living example of the mission of the church.

Dordt College’s theology department gives students a deeper understanding of God, Scripture, and their role in the world. The youth ministry program trains students to lead and engage youth in ways that include SERVE projects like the Prairie Project. Learn more at

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