Becoming a youth minister is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. This missionary work has taught me to do both the corporal works of mercy and making disciples of all nations.
Life Teen Uganda is operating in communities where there a lot of poor families, elderly and child headed families. These people are economically helpless and hopeless to the extent that they do not have money and or material resources that they could use to support their households by providing nutritive food, medication and proper clothing for themselves and also providing to their own children in time of need.
Over the last 3 years, our ministry has worked tirelessly reaching to youth and helping them encounter Christ and inspiring them to be the agents of change in their local communities. We have a goal of transforming holistically our ministry members, the community we work in and bring the word of God and hope to those in despair.
Our ministry believes that when the youth are empowered, they can help to change the population’s situation.
So much as been achieved with so little. Our teens have done the corporal works of mercy from feeding the hungry, to sheltering the homeless, to clothing the naked. Not that we have a lot of money and time to serve the poor, not that we serve in areas with a lot of needs, we believe that when we do the little we can with great love, many lives will be impacted and we are the generation that Uganda as been waiting for to make a difference.
Faith: The primary objective of any youth ministry is to evangelize to the youth. This brings the Good News of Jesus into humanity, into every human situation. It is the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of the person in faith. Everything ministry does: relationships, service, and catechesis needs to invite the teens into a deeper relationship with Christ and empower them to be His disciples.
Deeds: Our faith calls us all to work for justice, to serve those in need, pursues peace, and to defend the life, dignity and rights of all our brothers and sisters as the Church teaches. “We cannot do great things (as youth), we can only do small things with great love” Mother Teresa
We all have needs around us and when you have youth who are on fire for Christ, just praise God because there is something you can do to those needs.
We are ministries of Faith and Deeds!
The Church of Faith and Deeds
We can actually see in many parts of the Bible that Paul did indeed believe that faith and works are necessary. For example, in Galatians 5:1 he says “For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” Love is an action we extend to other people that shows God’s grace, and we must have those actions/good works with our faith.”
It’s not enough for us to simply have faith in believe in God and his teachings. If we believe one of the Ten Commandments and have faith in God, but we do not obey it and act in accordance with it, it is useless.
Saints: All saints do good deeds. They are remembered for their charitable works, devoted to helping those who had nowhere to turn. They believe and show their faith by their good deeds. One saint who stressed the necessity of doing good deeds is St. James, in his letter he wrote:
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead”. James 2:26
Pope: In these first months of his papacy Pope Francis has made some stunning and memorable gestures toward the Franciscan ideal of poverty. He has produced a fantastic splash of public relations positives. Pope Francis has lived a life of apostolic simplicity, and he lives and works from a position of genuine affection for the poor and ministers positively for the poor.
“We all have the duty to do good”. Pope Francis
Pope Francis makes me feel uncomfortable. He makes me realize just how little I care about those in need.
These words from Pope Francis can help us to reflect more deeply on how our experience of God’s love can open our hearts to solidarity with our neighbors, and move us to action.
As youth ministries, we are merely not just part of the Church which teaches faith and deed, we are the Church of Faith and deeds and this is the time to inspire and power everyone with our passion to put our faith in action.
We are the great generation that the Lord has made, let our greatness blossom that all may see and glorify the Lord.
Jesus said “Go make disciples”, what if go looked less than going to gaming stores and more like visiting the sick, sheltering the homeless in the community. What if make disciples looked less than taking the youth to parties and more like taking the youth to serve the poor. If we did less of events, productions, parties, could it mean less of stress, expenses, debt? We would be more free to love Him and serve others. This is our mission; this is the great commission of our ministries.
The little we can do, we must do with great love.