2007 Monthly Letter
Partners in Building Up Families in Personal Faith,
"...not as unwise men but as
wise, making the most of the time."
sometimes choose their own format for an UpBuilding Weekend.
A church recently decided to have a session for the youth
from 4:00 to 5:30 on a Saturday.
My wise question (I thought) to the pastor was, "Do you think
that the youth will come at that time on a Saturday?" I had
hoped he would say, "No" and decide upon another more appropriate
hour. But he didn't. I knew the attendance would be small
enough, only 8 youth showed up with 3 adult advisors. Together
I taught the A. B. C.'s of the Gospel. We had fun practicing
each group of letters. The letter "Y" stands for "You" and
the closing question is whether the "V"-verse "Whosoever believes
in Jesus as the Christ is born of the Spirit-describes "You?"
I then proceed to ask the youth to bow their heads, close
their eyes, and silently pray with me an A. B. C. prayer
if prompted by the leading of the Holy Spirit: "Father,
I Admit I am a sinner. Jesus, I put my Belief
in You and in Your shed Blood to cleanse me from my
sins; Holy Spirit, I ask You to Come into my
heart and cause me to be born of Your Spirit."
youth praying that prayer is asked to raise a hand as an outward
sign of their inward response to the Holy Spirit. The hands
of 6 out of the 8 were raised! The 3 advisors also note with
me those who raised a hand. They meet with me after the session
is over and I instruct them to make personal contact with
each youth. One advisor said, "That won't be hard for me
since 4 of the 6 belong to me! In fact, 3 are my children,
and one is a niece!"
Sunday, the Leaders met during the lunch hour. I got my food,
set it down on a table, and went to get some ice tea. In the
line were 2 of the youth. I approached a 16 year-old boy and
asked him, "Was that the first time you prayed to receive
Jesus?" "Yes," he barked out loudly. "What was happening
for you when you prayed," I asked next. "I felt
forgiven!" was his response, again delivered in a
I asked his 14 year-old sister the same two questions. She
responded in the affirmative to the first but pulled me aside
for the answer to the second. In a quiet voice she related
that there were some things in her life that she was ashamed
of, but now "felt a wonderful feeling of being cleansed!"
When I returned to my table, a man approached me with his
dinner plate, shaking his head but with a big glowing smile
on his face. He introduced himself as the father of the 3
youth who had prayed. He said, "Since my children came
home from the youth meeting, I have been trying to find words
to express my thanksgiving for what the Lord did through you.
My wife and I bring our children to Sunday school and have
them attend fine Christian camps. We have simply assumed
that because they are exposed to Christian teaching they know
Jesus personally. As parents, we are so grateful for your
I am so grateful for you and for the wisdom of the Holy
Spirit who makes the most of the time even if there is
few in number. Just think if the pastor had responded differently
and no time was found for the youth! He was the "wise"