“CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”
I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)
Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.
My hopes and prayers for my College group were met. I believe, by God’s grace, each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.
Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.
I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM
Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.
Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.
“Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.
I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.
If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.
Emily graduated from Grand Valley State University, studying English and History. Originally from Sterling Heights, MI (a suburb of Detroit), she has always been fascinated with the city that her grandparents’ generation fled. Her first real experience with Detroit (aside from going to Tigers baseball games), was a service trip she took with her youth group in high school to help out with a summer camp for kids in the city. Emily was struck so profoundly with the discrepancies between suburb and city that seemed unfair and prompted her to ask herself a lot of tough questions She is excited about the ways in which CSM will be able to facilitate this work; to open doors for ready and willing hands to serve in meaningful ways that will better the ministries and organizations that work hard every day in this city. She is also thrilled for those who will be able to participate in these trips and catch a glimpse of the powerful things God is up to in Detroit.
Associate City Director
Lester was born and raised right here in the Detroit, about 5 minutes away from CSM's housing site. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management and a minor in Nonprofit Administration. During his time at GVSU, his life and spiritual journey were greatly impacted by his involvement in Young Life and Campus Ministry. He has a passion for sports because they've taught him a lot about life through both watching and participating in them. Needless to say he has a fierce loyalty to his home teams in "the D". He also loves traveling and exploring new places, listening to music, karaoke, shoes & hats, movies, various teas, bike rides, and more recently hammocking.