On Sunday we talked about the Biblical concept of mentoring. Looking at the life of Moses, we see that he had Jethro and Joshua. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, was a mentor to him. Joshua was the young man that Moses mentored. It was Joshua who went on to lead the nation of Israel after Moses died. And it was Joshua who lead Israel into the Promise Land. We all need a Jethro, someone who is pouring into our lives to help us grow. And we all need a Joshua. We all ought to have someone in our lives that we are investing in.
So who is your Joshua? Is there a young person in your life that you are investing in? Is there someone you are helping to grow and mature in wisdom and knowledge, someone you are helping discover faith? There are many ways to serve God, but mentoring a young person is one of the most impactful. Think about the impact that Joshua had as the leader of Israel. He was able to do that because of the investment Moses made in his life. Can you imagine the ripple effect? When we invest in the life of a young person, there is a multiplying effect as they, in turn, impact the lives of others.
There are many ways to do this, but the first step is almost always proximity. In other words, we have to put ourselves in situations where we will have the opportunity to talk with a young person, hear their story and get to know them. That might mean volunteering as the coach of a team or a scout leader. Or it may mean helping in some capacity in a children’s or youth program in the church. It would be nearly impossible to overstate the importance of this area of ministry. It is at this stage that a foundation is being formed upon which a person will build their entire life.
One opportunity to serve in this area is coming up very soon through our Summer Day Camp program. This year we are doing two weeks of Day Camp. From August 13-17 we will offer the program in Sandown. Then August 20-24 we will host Day Camp in Plaistow. I know we still have some opportunities to serve at both. But right now we would particularly like to fill out the Sandown team. You don’t have to be available all day or all week to help. We can use help in various shifts throughout the week. Day camp is a great way to invest in the lives of young people, many of whom do not yet have a relationship with Jesus. Imagine the difference you could make at this critical stage of a young person’s life. If you would like to know more about how you can get involved, please email Glenda. There will also be a volunteer meeting this week on Thursday August 2 at 6:30 pm at our Sandown campus.
Speaking of mentoring, our biggest youth event of the year, Soulfest is this week. Please keep us in your prayers for a great week and for God to move powerfully in the hearts of our youth.