Saturday, October 21, 2006

From the Director's Chair

From the Director's Chair

Tragedy seems to haunt this generation we call “teenagers”. In the past two months we have seen school shootings in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Colorado and in NEARBY Orange County, NC. It’s sad to say this seems to be becoming a regular occurrence.

I have been looking over some of the “myspace” sites in recent weeks as well. If you ever want a wake up call about youth culture in America (or just in Person County) spend some time perusing these sites that teens create for themselves. There you will find pornography, illicit relationships, drug and alcohol use and a host of other physically and spiritually hazardous activities, not only displayed, but glorified on a daily basis.

So, it seems that teens are living from constant cultural fears AND are constantly exposing themselves to dangerous things.

That’s why I love working for and personally supporting Youth For Christ Roxboro. Part of our mission is to provide safe activities for teens; valid activities, not just busy time.

More so, we hope to lead students to Christ. In discipling them it is our earnest prayer to help them gain the very thing that Paul prayed for the Philippians, namely that they would “approve what is excellent” (Philippians 1:10a; ESV). That’s our hope and desire and what we work for...we want students to know the Lord and to learn to prayerfully and wisely navigate the rough waters of life.

It hard work, but it’s good work. All of YOUR prayers and your support put people on the street and in the schools that care enough to confront kids. All of the hours volunteers sacrifice to love students and exemplify biblical ideals are worth it if only we see the future of one student reversed or improved. We ARE seeing lives change. I am more encouraged than ever. In recent weeks we have seen 17 students commit their lives and eternities to Christ. Still, the work is abundant. Don’t let up. As a matter of fact, I beg you to become more involved.

As I’ve said before, we need more volunteers. We need financial support to rise. We need to all pull together to push the mission further and deeper. Thank you for what you do already. Thank you for what you’re going to do. Thank you for serving God in Kingdom work with us. Together...we’re going to see God change our community!

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and Jesus the Son,
Tim Bowes, Executive Director
Romans 12:1-2

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