Support Natchez youth at Saturday event

Published 10:27 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

We live in treacherous times; times of violation of our faith; deceptive, untrustworthy, unreliable times; times of immense laxity morally and spiritually; times when men have become lovers of themselves more than lovers of God.

Our worldly system is topsy turvey, and the order of the day is tomfoolery.

Prayer has been expelled form our schools unjustifiably; crime is rampant and the church seems to be silent. It seems that some parents are void of love and concern for their children; Christians are disposed to the whims and devices of Satan and some of our political and spiritual leaders are lax and corrupt.

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Our children are exposed daily to such, so their behavior is just indicative of the behavior of the environment in which they live. It is no wonder God declares in II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This article is written to request your prayers, support and presence of the youth in our churches and communities. A 2015 Youth Explosion is being planned for Saturday at the Greater Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 14 Parkway Drive, Stanton, and beginning with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m. You can be of great assistance by being concerned enough to encourage the youth of your congregation to attend with you and their parents.

We have engaged facilitators who have expertise in areas that will help our youth become better informed financially, physically, morally, socially and spiritually. Karen Thomas, educator of Baton Rouge Board of Education, will speak on finances and savings; Dr. Erica Thompson will inform them on HIV/STD awareness; Capt. Kenneth Brown of the Mississippi Highway Patrol will speak on knowing your rights in law enforcement; Attorney Nedra Edmonds will discuss good communication skills and proper dress decorum; Nia Day, R.N., will present back to basics and respect; Faye Brown of Jefferson County Schools will discuss making good decisions.

Our theme is “Healing Broken America — Moving in a New Direction” with Minister Al Jay Thompson III as moderator and Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield as guest speaker.

With God’s help and the help of our many pastors and parents, we anticipate making this conference the acme of our involvement for the betterment of our youth. Won’t you please give us your support in making it one that will bring glory to God?

Pastor Johnny Elery is a Natchez resident.