Monday, December 12, 2011

Valuing Youth

A week ago we noted that youth enjoy giving. Today we see youth in action in service to others, even when their situation may be seen as disadvantageous. Given the opportunity and guidance then, youth will do acts of kindness to benefit others.

The Oakland story reminds us not to write off anyone as we read about teens who have had brushes with the law making lap blankets for veterans, brainchild of their teacher..

Teacher Shares Love Of Crafts With Troubled Teens « CBS Detroit
An Oakland County math teacher is changing the lives of troubled teens with a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.

In Prichard, AL, teens reached out to younger children by reading to them, etc. You will see this below.

Teens spread holiday cheer in Prichard |
Teens spread holiday cheer in Prichard. Updated: Saturday, 10 Dec 2011, 9:55 PM CST Published : Saturday, 10 Dec 2011, 8:50 PM CST. Letisha Bush. PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A young man sat center stage and read a book to a full room ...

Noticing the problem of hungry teens for whom there is no provision, Retired Army Major Gene Briseno guides young Cadet Club members to reach out and be part of the solution for their classmates and others.

Hunger among teens often goes unnoticed -
Day after day, as he monitored lunch hour at the Southwest Early College Campus, retired Army Maj. Gene Briseno would see students sitting at tables without any food in front of them.

Particularly at this time of the year when we think more of giving as we reflect on God's great gift, how are we providing opportunities for our students to bring practical solutions to everyday problems? How are we helping them to open their eyes to the need around them?

How do you do this in your student ministry?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor 
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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