Equipping teens to be Jesus' hands & feet

in America's Inner Cities

In Memory of Tessa Nelson

Tessa Nelson was a beautiful soul with a deep and compassionate heart. She loved to laugh and bring joy to others. She loved the Lord deeply and was eager to learn and grow more in Him. 

Throughout her time on her EY2S mission trip, she encouraged our leaders, brightened the day of our staff, cared for the members of her youth group, and poured out her love on everyone that she served, especially the kids during Bible time at VBS. 

We are saddened to lose Tessa, but we are grateful for the small bit of time we got to spend with her and for the impact she made on this ministry.

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalms 34:18

In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that a donation be made to EY2S, a ministry that Tessa loved dearly. To donate, click the link below and select "Tessa Renee Nelson" in the drop-down menu under Give.

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Spread the Good News

Daily in the inner city, hurting people are struggling to make ends meet. The lack of economic opportunities creates a constant battle against hopelessness. Many feel like outsiders to mainstream culture. These people are our neighbors, but how often do we treat them with worth and dignity?


Good people are doing great work now to bring hope to their community. A crucial support network built on programs and relationships is working bridge the wealth gap.


But the truth is, only the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring radical change in a person or a neighborhood.

EY2S is a Norfolk-based, inner-city focused, mission organization designed to equip young people to see (and meet) the need next to them. When students are equipped with the love of Christ and practical tools the inner-city is radically changed. When we send them home, they are too.


And isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

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As we engage in domestic, cross-cultural ministry, we want to teach young people to do the work of the Kingdom, with an intentional, hands-on approach. Working together to engage communities who are near us, but culturally distinct from us, builds the faith of young people. EY2S works to train and inspire people of every socio-economic background to take responsibility for their part of God’s harvest.


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Email: jeff@ey2s.org

Phone: 757-620-2030​​

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