In Defense of Hope

Good evening!

I woke up this morning thinking, “How can it be Friday already?” and it is still hard to believe we only have one day left in the bateys.

I am reminded today of 1 Peter 3:15, which challenges us to “always be prepared to answer for the reason for the hope that is in you” (I seem to always hit Men’s Bible Study for that reading).  I am reminded because my answer is firmly in “our youth.”  I witnessed and experienced that hope again today in both the Algodon batey as our youth worked in very hot and humid weather hauling water, shoveling sand and concrete mix, and carrying buckets of concrete for our 3rd and 4th community

floors.  And I witnessed it again this afternoon in Los Robles as we visited three home rebuilding projects from the 2015 mission trip and participated in our second baseball “clinic.”  In both bateys our youth participated with joyful hearts, encouraged each other with renewed spirits, and built and renewed relationships with the children of the batey.

I have incredibly high hopes for this next generation (Generation Z until it is better defined) of youth.  I am amazed at how they embrace being the most globally connected, technologically competent, and sophisticated generation.  They are eager to make their mark and do great things.

I have been witnessing this next generation and particular group of “kids” at St Luke for a long time.  I am no longer surprised when I see how they rise to challenges, love and support each other, and raise up the community around them.  But, I am always impressed.  As someone said, “they don’t just represent the future, they’re creating it.”

Our youth are no longer the innocent “little children” Jesus declared would inherit the kingdom of heaven, but today we worked and played with those kids.  They wrapped their arms around us and offered us their hands and hearts without condition.  Our youth may lead this next generation, but these are the children who will bring it home.  I am blessed to be here with both.

Brendan Wiechert

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