Youth - February 2015
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February 2015
by Hector Meza

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:37-40

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you already given up or are you trudging through even when it’s difficult? I think we can all agree that challenges are hard. That’s why they’re challenging! This summer as the world was dumping buckets of ice cold water on their heads for ALS awareness, I decided to challenge our students to become aware of another pressing issue in desperate need of awareness. Over 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation, and another 1.1 billion are without access to safe water. Every day more than 4,000 children die of water related diseases such as cholera and typhoid. And for those that do not die, insufficient access to clean water adversely affects education, health and political stability.

The challenge given to our students was to raise funds to purchase clean water filters from Compassion International’s Water of Life campaign. I chose this organization because including meeting the physical needs of people living in poverty, they also meet the spiritual needs by presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am happy to report that after weeks of developing their own fundraisers the youth were able to raise over $340! This is enough to help supply a lifetime of clean water for at least 3 families. We pray that these families will be able to have a lasting relationship with our Lord and that this clean water will mean a healthier, more productive life for their communities.

This year our youth leadership team will to continue to challenge our students to rise above apathy and mediocrity of the youth culture and to become a part of God’s holy culture. Please pray for our youth and their families. Also pray for our leadership team, that we would be united in helping students to meet with God and to pursue Him with the vigor of youth. Please alsos be praying for our group as we head off on our annual winter retreat at the end of February.

Soli Deo Gloria

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