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Gen Z  is fascinating; They are fast-learners and confident believers in what they hold to be true – they are unbelievable multi-taskers who don’t miss a thing! But one of my biggest observations is that they’re not as untouchable as their exteriors suggest. They are craving leadership in their lives and anchors who will boldly speak the absolute truth. They need God in a big way but aren’t sure how to reach Him.

Being a young adult was one of the darkest times I can remember. Although I graduated from college and went on to get married, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had no relational foundation with Christ upon which to stand. This may sound crazy as I had been saved years prior to this and even attended Bethel University in an effort to integrate faith with my education. But familiarity breeds contempt – even on a Christian campus. ESPECIALLY on a Christian campus.

During all of my theology classes and chapels, I still hadn’t managed to actually build intimacy with Christ. I knew Him, but not as more than an acquaintance. The more I tried to serve, the harder I was knocked down. The spiritual high was what I was after; I thought, “aren’t we all?” My priorities were upside-down. I held grudges, bitterness and wasn’t loving God or others as we are commanded to…but I didn’t realize it, and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. People-pleasing and sin entangled me. Frustration and defeat set in and I walked away from God.

This cycle is exactly what the enemy wants. He knows that if he can capture our youth at the tender age when all big decisions are made then he may very well capture their entire lives…with pain, with shame, with guilt, with depression. Thus, enters our rescuer, healer and greatest fan, Jesus.

We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. -Romans 8:37

I believe it is our mission to reach youth and young adults at this most crucial time in their lives. I want to hear them, see them and gently nudge them in the right direction. If you are a teenager or young adult in need of advice, a place to stay or a nonjudgmental friend and mentor in your life, I’m here for you!

Those whose hope is in the Lord will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not grow faint.
-Isaiah 40:31