Do You Really Want to Make a Difference?

Aaron Arnold, Executive Director, YouthHOPE

Yesterday, the CEO from our mission organization shared a devotional message about being busy. One of his points was to make sure that we are focusing on what is the most important. He cited Ephesians 5:15-16 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” I really resonate with this. It makes me think about what is the best way I can invest my time, treasure and talents.  And that’s why I have dedicated my life to global youth ministry. I have been saying for years that youth ministry is one of the most strategic ways that we can share the message of salvation and transformation in the name of Jesus Christ. However, sometimes I feel like I am talking to a brick wall when I mention this in the global missions community. There is nothing wrong with other approaches, I just don’t think they are “making the best use of the time” (the ESV translation of Eph 5:16). And guess what? I am not alone.

A colleague of mine who heads the community development area of our organization recently shared this article with me from a international development website.

My friend Phil wrote in his email, “I know you've been saying this for years; a few in the secular development field are now agreeing. Feel encouraged.”  

I encourage you to read this article, but here are a few bullet points that drive my point home.

  • Did you know nearly half of the world’s population is under 25 years old?

  • They want to be heard, valued and considered as partners in development, for they are the ones who will live with decisions made today.

  • What we need is not fewer youth, it’s more trust in the many that we have.

  • It’s my hope, however, that the conversation shifts toward seeing youth as our greatest asset.

So join with YouthHOPE and be a voice. Advocate with us that more churches, ministries, and missions organizations will recognize that one of the most important ways they can invest their time and resources is in global youth ministry. Take a moment now and post something you just learned on social media.