Thursday, April 18, 2013

Giving young people a chance to shine. . .

“Giving young people a chance to shine.” 

That is the mission of YouthZone Northland/Rock Solid.  Each week, Rock Solid clubs meet with intermediate school students from places such as far north as Kaikohe, Whangarei, and Dargaville, to Papatoetoe in south Auckland.  We strive to provide a fun and safe environments for young teens to be introduced to the God who cares for them and calls them to new life in his Son Jesus Christ.

 We want to give them the chance to shine in a dark world that would rather push teens to the side and disregard them because of their age and inexperience.

Many of our kids do not come from homes where Christ is known and honoured.  In fact, the homes of some of our kids can be very scary places where drugs and alcohol cause violence and abuse.  Other kids come from just typical Kiwi families that have their own unique struggles.  Regardless of what exists at home, all these kids have the potential to really shine in their own spheres of influence and we are here to equip them for that noble God-given task.
This Monday, 50 Rock Solid teens and leaders will venture out on our “On the Road Camp”!  We really need your prayers. This is different than many of our other camps, because we drive to new landmarks each day, sleeping in different places each night and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Northland, including Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet.   This 5 day tour involves many hours on the road driving which allows the perfect opportunity for sharing our faith and facilitating redemptive conversations with the kids.  If you’ve followed this blog for the last 2 years you’ll know that this will be my second “On the Road” camp with Rock Solid.  I look forward to all the exciting challenge we have ahead of us this week.

As you view the photos from the last 2 weeks of Rock Solid in Whangarei, please pray for each of the students and leaders that you see.  Thank you!

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