Charlie Charlie Challenge

This is an article I wrote on another site I host R.A.R.E. Youth.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge

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R.A.R.E. Youth

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Greetings and blessings to all who read Vineyard Worker’s posts. I’ve been a little absent and I miss posting what’s on my heart.

I’ve been given the ministry of helping at risk youth. I was given a name for the ministry and it’s called R.A.R.E. Youth. R.A.R.E. is an acronym for Recharged, Adamant, Refocused & Emerging.

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The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Time

1 Corinthians 10:13 –  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

photodune-1328595-double-blank-road-sign-mI have led several youth/teen bible studies over the past few years and one of the most common comments I heard from young people was; “But Minister Jordan, times have changed. Things are different now than they were when you was our age.” They had a valid point. Things are different than they were 40 years ago (watch the age jokes).

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Rise And Change

Basketball teamA young black man was sentenced to 255 years in prison for a crime spree he committed here in Macon. I could go in on unfairness, overkill, unequal justice and so forth. If I did, I probably would be justified. But I won’t because I want to post a way to stop this. You might not like what I’m about to say but it starts with me, you, us!

I remember hearing the elders in the neighborhood where I grew up in Chicago. He said; “Boy if somebody going to hit you with a brick, don’t find one and put it in their hand. Let them find it on their own.” This saying stuck with me and now that I’m a “young-old man” I can connect this with what’s going on today. Read more

Out Of Ruins

On any given day, no matter where you live, you will probably turn on your television or radio, or read in your newspaper about the homicide rate in Chicago. But recently, for once in a long time, a story of determination, pride, dignity, high self esteem and life emerges from the ruins of Chicago. Being a native of Chicago, I take this personal as I recall some life changing moments that happened when I was a teenager on the same streets where hundreds are dying each year.

I’m talking about this article I ran across a few days ago; “Little League World Series: Chicago team wins U.S. final, to face South Korea for title.

In the midst of all the negative press we’re seeing concerning young black males in our country. In the midst of perceived hopelessness among our young black men and women rises a chance for all to see a glimmer of positive images coming out of the ruins of despair. Every time you watch television or a movie, you see young black men and women being portrayed as objects of violence, sex, drugs, gangs and illiteracy. But in case you didn’t know, what you see in the media is only showing a small percentage of the young black youth population.

This thought is frightening. Just as media broadcasts the strife in other countries, so do other countries see these negative images of our black youth. It is so rare to see a positive story, showing images of black youth engaged in constructive activities. Yes. I know the homicide rate between black youth is high. And yes these stories need to be broadcast. But for every tragic story, there are many stories that show our black youth in a different light. Have you ever though that people in other countries have a stereotyped, profiled assumption of our black youth? Have you ever thought that when this country allows immigrants to come open a business in the black community they already see us as thieves and murderers?

Thank you Jackie Robinson West Little League for being one of thousands examples of our black youth engaged in something that will build up and not tear down, give hope and not strip it and give others a glimpse of what our children are really about.

You’re Not Alone

Psalm 27:10 – Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Youth-group4afro_angloIt’s a fact and sometimes it’s hard to accept. There are young people who’s father and mother aren’t around. If you’re one of those young people, this post is to encourage you and let you know, you’re not alone.

Don’t worry because once you start asking for the Lord to help you, He will come quickly and change the outcome even quicker. There are reasons why a parent would leave their child. There are never good reasons from your standpoint. It could be death, drugs, walking out, incarceration and ordered foster care, just to name a few.

No matter what the circumstances are you have a father, mother and a defender ready to take you under His wing and provide for you through people He has placed on the earth. These people understand what God wants for all children and have dedicated their time and talents to help you. These people love the Lord first, which allows them to love you unconditionally.

Always remember your problems will never outnumber the power and love of the Lord. You have someone to comfort, love and teach you. All you have to do is ask.