Building a network of hope

The next generation is facing a battle that you and I never could have imagined when we were teens. Have you seen the numbers?

  • 1 in 4 teens seriously contemplates suicide before graduating from high school
  • 1 in 6 is a “self-injurer” (cutting, burning, etc)
  • 1 in 6 will contract an STI (sexually transmitted infection)
  • 84% of teens want a closer relationship with their parents, but are unwilling to talk about their pains and fears with them.

Behind each statistic is a story left unfinished. And long after we’re gone, how will this generation be equipped and prepared to lead the Body of Christ in the decades ahead? Today we are going to talk about what today’s youth are facing, and then we’re going to offer some interesting solutions and hope. If you are a teen listening from home today or you are a parent or youth leader, these issues are front and center in your life. So how do you react in a time of crisis or reach teens before a crisis in your schools and youth groups?

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The good news is that Christian ministries are starting to join forces to help all of us do just that.  Two of those ministries’ founding leaders are joining us today. On the phone with us from Colorado, Sean Dunn is the founder of a ministry called Groundwire, and in studio with us is Jeff Strommen, a youth pastor and head of a ministry called HopeNet 360. Jeff is also on staff here at the radio station. Both of these ministries are reaching youth, pointing them to the true hope we all have in Jesus. And they’re here to share how you can be a part of bringing that hope to our youth.

About HopeNet360:

HopeNet 360 is a non-profit organization committed to connecting generations to change lives. The team is dedicated to providing emotional and spiritual support for young people dealing with self-injury, addictions, thoughts of suicide and depression. The ministry provides avenues of hope through an internet crisis chat line, volunteers and financial partners empowered with the resources necessary to reach and impact youth and families.  Check out HopeNet’s Internet Crisis Chat Center – The conversation begins here. Or LIKE the Facebook Page.

About Groundwire:

Groundwire is a ministry that leverages the world’s technology and mainstream media to carry the powerful, unchanging, and life-transforming message of Christ’s love to youth and young adults everywhere. They’ve reached thousands of un-churched young people with the Gospel of Jesus.

Groundwire airs 30 and 60 second Christ-centered radio spots on mainstream youth-oriented radio stations around the world as well as 30 second TV spots on stations like MTV, VH1, Cartoon Network, BET and Comedy Central.

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One Response to Building a network of hope

  1. Mr Davis says:

    As well meaninged as this work can be, the lack of investment through personal contact and interaction can only plant seeds. There is supposed to be fear and a danger of over expossing yourself. Without fear where is the courage?

    Without the vulnerability where is the meekness or humility. The anonimity provides yet another wall aside from all the walls we already errect in our flesh to guard our own wickedness from exposure.

    We are supposed to behold one anothers faces, see one anothers eyes, watch one anothers responses to all the words spoken and to God's word when it is spoken. It is a true statement that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And the eyes are the window to the soul. And the hardness of a man speach and posture will point to his own rebellion. Rebellion is supposed to be adressed and confronted and repented of. This is the reason for fellowship for coming together, we cannot see ourselves and we are already convinced we are right. Therefore when we come together it is not to hear a preacher preach, or a teacher teach, it is to expose ourselves to the light of God's word so we all may be tested, tried and refined. We come to expose our doctrine by which we now live that we make repent where our doctrine is not the doctrine of taught by God in the scriptures.

    Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward , when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected : for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

    At times preaching is nessesary to bolster us in spirit and to confront the complacency in our hearts and to educate all at once with the same message.

    At times teaching is nessesary when there is alot of confusion about what the doctrine of the bible is.

    There is alot of simplicity in Christ, often we muddle it up and make it confusing, or worse still instead of confronting disobedience, give ourselves excuses for not walking in obedience to the Holy commands like sighting that is not my gift or calling. Oh that we would understand we who are Born again are all a kingdom of Priests onto the Father of Lights in whom there is no variance, nor shadow of turning. Who are all one Body in Christ.

    So what about anonomous efforts afforded by the internet?
    Can the Lord God almighty use the Holy Spirit use such tools to draw people to Himself certainly but do not think for a moment this is how we are to interact. And there is no substitution for coming together in person.

    Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised 😉 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching .

    Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily , while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

    Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect , 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

    25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

    May God bless you.



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