Walk the hallways of today's high school and the last thing you'll expect to find is Peace. Teenagers are renown for constantly putting on a show to stand out from the rest. Bullying continues to be a problem in the halls and online. So, how in the world are you ever to encounter a group of people interested in the peaceful lives of another?
Well, we found them.
There is a unique generation rising interested in the core of relationship building that may set the stage for turning the world in a different direction. The news today is riddled with stories of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel. We often hear of the terror plots conceived by radical Islamists being thwarted by some sort of government intervention, and wars continuing to find purpose in the world of fear.
What if we could change all that?
I'm not trying to be over optimistic here, but what if we had an opportunity to get out of the suit and tie meetings in the grand ballrooms and actually invest in the future of our world? Jesus said it clear, "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God."
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of people who just talk...talk...talk.
I'm fed up with comments like, 'What if we...'
I keep hearing all the elders of the world longing for peace together, but few are willing to sacrifice the contracts, accords, and formality of image to actually make a real difference.
I'm tired of reading the news and hearing more people dying.
I'm tired of watching from afar to see if there's anything I can do.
I'm taking action...
The first step in my plan is to Introduce Teenagers from Hard Places in a Neutral Environment. We've been doing summer camp now for nearly 15 years, and we know how to show teens a good time. It's my deepest belief that most teenagers around the world are longing for similar needs, and we've cracked the code. Certainly we've got much to learn, but after working with hundreds of thousands of teens and families, KIVU has a unique way of speaking to the heart of teenagers from all over the world.
What if we had the table set to introduce teenagers from America with teenagers from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia? What if we had the chance to live life together through an adventurous story in Colorado? What if there were ways of communication like never before, and those teenagers could grow their relationships online via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, and then engage together again in years to come?
What if those Teenagers turned out to be the future leaders of our world?
We've tested this concept.
We've watched it work with kids from Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Each time we help kids see the basic commonalities of human kind, we see God move in the middle to create a space of relational respect.
The hallways of the high school are no match for your average teenager, but give them a vision for global understanding, and watch them take the banner of leadership to the future.
Would you consider helping Sponsor an international student to come to America and spend 2 weeks at KIVU?