Our young generation is caught in an era of rapid change, with globalization and technology affecting the way they live. They are ‘connected’ to one another, primarily through the internet and social media, but not in person. Many seem to embrace inclusivity, which they believe gives them more exposure to differing views and perspectives. However, findings have shown that many youths are not entirely confident if they can handle future life challenges. More alarmingly, according to a Channel News Asia article published on 29 July 2019, the “… number of suicides in Singapore rose 10 per cent last year, with suicides among boys aged 10 to 19 at a record high …” and “…many of our young feel unsupported through their darkest periods and see suicide as the only choice to end their pain and struggles.”
With growing pressures and complexities, increasingly we need to mobilise and build more gospel-centred workers who are innovative to gear to the times and organic (natural in sharing the gospel, not forced) by anchoring to the Rock. In SJM, we accomplish these through our weekly LIFE groups where we ground Christian youths in God’s Word, encourage them to relate with their peers and equip them to share the gospel.
As young people’s needs change, these key principles under girding our ministry remain:
- a. Fervent Intercession: We talk to God about people and through proclaiming the gospel, we talk to people about God.
- b. A Sense of Urgency: If we don’t win their hearts today, they may perish.
- c. Confidence in His Living Word: God grows His kingdom through His Word.
As our youths seek acceptance, wanting their lonely voices to be heard, we covet your prayers that our outreach will remain relevant and authentic. We are making every effort to nurture a loving community of thinking and responsible workers of the gospel, who wholeheartedly reach young people today, and tomorrow.
James Lee oversees SJM and Polytechnic Ministry. He worships and serves in Grace Assembly of God Church.