In times of uncertainty having a faith is something that carries us through and gives us hope for we can believe in a good outcome, even if it does lead us through suffering first. In Psalm 46 in the Bible it says, “God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble — more than enough and always available whenever I need you.” (The Passion Translation) We want to share with children and young people that when we are worried, faith can be like a solid rock we stand on. It is something beyond the visible. We can imagine that God is the big guy, with the big boots, carrying us when we feel anxious and lose our strength.
These are uncertain times but the Bible offers us hope. In the Prophet Isaiah chapter 43:19 it says, “For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!” (New Living Translation) Many of us will face grave changes in our lives, especially if we lose jobs and income, loved ones and securities through the coronavirus. It will shake many young people. But there is hope that we will find help, support and what we need in unexpected places and that new opportunities can open up. We want to encourage the young people to grab hold of hope and trust, that good things will come their way again in this difficult and unexpected season.
We are working on developing new ways of delivering REaction days, mentoring sessions, offering to schools what they need in the aftermath of the virus, young people struggling with returning to school and having to learn afresh to get up early in the morning, sitting in a classroom all day, dealing with homework afterwards. Offering individual and group support is what we aim at for September to build up the young peoples’ confidence.
Let us know, if you would like us to come into your school or deliver zoom sessions with your young people to offer them support and encouragement as they return to education!