I don’t know how it happened but we are nearly to the middle of July. The Fourth came and went with its usual celebratory flourish and we’re now in double digits. July has usually been a very busy month for me filled with youth conferences or mission trips and sometimes both! While I am missing the engagement of those ministries this summer I am grateful for time at home. But I am hugely excited for the young people from Lake Erie Presbytery who will be traveling to Purdue University to take part in the 2019 Youth Triennium! And I am pleased that one of our college students will be among them! Want to know more? Check it out: https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org/
The Youth Triennium is a massive undertaking! The number of students attending generally exceeds 5,000… some years 6,000! Can you imagine feeding that many teenagers?! Getting that many youth from one place to another safely?! Engaging adolescent minds and hearts in worship and the study of Scripture?! It’s no wonder it can be offered only every three years!! But do you realize how incredibly important this event is?
Educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune (born on July 10, 1875) said, “Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world. They must not be discouraged from aspiring toward greatness, for they are to be the leaders of tomorrow. Nor must they forget that the masses of our people are still underprivileged, ill-housed, impoverished, and victimized by discrimination. We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” (from Building a Better World, Essays and Selected Documents).
Please join me in praying for the Triennium! It begins on the 16th and will wrap up on the 20th. The theme is “Here’s My Heart” taken from the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Pray for safety! Pray for the speakers and leaders! Pray for the youth! Pray that God will tap into all that “powerful potential” and “direct it toward good ends”!