Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Perspectives from the Field: Its a Small World After All

Right now, the world is in the midst of the summer Olympics while youth are coming to the end of summer and MY youth group just finished a week-long Youth Mission Trip in Joplin.  We were among more than a dozen different youth groups working in Joplin that week.  Much work has already been done yet quite a bit remains for future teams of volunteers.  

Our theme was "Something Beautiful" and we reminded our youth that ...
  • God is the Potter.
  • You are the Clay.
  • He makes something beautiful.
  • YOU are God's Masterpiece.

During breaks and once I returned home, I heard stories from the Olympics as life-long dreams were fulfilled and the world comes together to set aside our differences and celebrate all that we can accomplish.  Still, it's important to remember that it is through God that all things are possible.  On Tuesday, our world became even smaller as NASA landed on Mars.   As we explore our community, our nation, our world and even OTHER worlds, how can we show and share God's love?

How do you show your youth how to Love their Neighbor around the corner and on the other side of the world?   Consider bringing your youth group to join us at "One God, One Day, One Love" - details are at http://youtheology.org/oneday and it's only $12 per person!

Thank you!
Mark R. Whitaker 
Director of Youth Ministries @ Avondale United Methodist Church
Chair, youTheology Advisory Board @ Saint Paul School of Theology

Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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