From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 6

6. The Priority of Youth and Children

Children and young people have been less affected by communist propaganda than the older generations. This is why, if properly trained, they will be able to accomplish for God things that we could not even dream of.

Investing in the younger generations is like planting trees in a forest. The result cannot be seen overnight, but at the right time it will be impressive and rewarding.

This investment in children and young people requires strong convictions, or it will constantly be displaced by more urgent demands. Yet nothing is more important for the future and even the present of the community of faith.

When the disciples were confused about their mission, the Lord put a child in their midst as a metaphor of the kingdom (Mk 9:36–37). Maybe it is time that we also learned this lesson and stopped neglecting children and youth. And we should do this intentionally and seriously, if we care about the future of the church.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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