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The American culture like many cultures across the planet is enduring many tragedies and unfortunately the recipients are the young children, teenagers and young adults.
While our youth have been labeled as Generation X, the Last Generation, etc. the question however is what we have done to reach out and engage our youth. Drug dealers have done their part by investing in darkness and death for them, criminals have been trying to influence our youth, the cable TV exposes our young people to the most promiscuous and dangerous acts of violence ever to be seen and the computer seeks to secretly snatch up our children's minds with X rated sex, pedophiles and all sorts of ungodly unchecked information seeking to pull then into a world of lust, greed and quick death.
In an article written by the St. Andrews Cross dated in 1945 the writer wrote about a piece of steel. A man had a piece of iron and made a pair of horse shoes from it worth$5.00, another man took the same iron and made some knife blades worth about $200 dollars, still another man took the iron and cut it with precise instruments and made clock springs worth $200,000 dollars. The pieces of iron were the same in each case but what it was designed to do made the difference.
Our youth deserve our best. They need to model our behavior, be exposed to men of God who can teach them the art of Evangelism, the power of love and the service required by Our lord for his people. The brotherhood of ST Andrew is the organization that can answer this call today. But we must have devoted, relevant leaders who can engage our youth.
Our youth don't care how much we know, until they know how much we care!How Do We Reach the Youth?
We must apply the principles of the Five Love Languages:
What shall we teach the Junior Brotherhood Members?
To have good clean fun!
We must have a purpose driven ministry that provides programs and services that reflect these purposes. There must be nine essential components for the blueprint to the Brotherhood Junior ministry:
The Junior Brotherhood Committee has performed the following actions in pursuit of its mission:
The highlight event of the Junior Brotherhood and the Committee on youth and Junior Brotherhood was the Province III Junior Brotherhood Retreat at the Virginia Theological Seminary in April of 2009 where these young brothers came together under the shield of the love for Jesus Christ and prayed together, gained leadership skills, values clarification skills and gave the Brotherhood some concrete suggestions on how to get more youth involved in the Junior Brotherhood Ministry. This has not in recent years ever been accomplished. We wish to thank the Leadership, the Brothers who took the time and above all the youth for believing in our ministry and our promise to reach out wider, more efficiently and more prayerfully! We have planted the mustard seed of hope in Christ for our youth!VICE PRESIDENT YOUTH (JR. BROTHERHOOD) Bro. Franklyn Malone
Brotherhood chapters regularly sponsor youth groups.
Sponsor Franklyn Malone, left, with members of the Washington, D.C. Junior Brotherhood chapter.