The Intersection Between Heaven and Earth

The Search Is On

Daily in America...

4...............children are killed by abuse or neglect.

5...............children or teens commit suicide.

8...............children or teen are killed by firearms.

177...........children are arrested for violent crimes.

375...........children are arrested for drug abuse.

1,186........babies are born to teen mothers.

1,900........public school students are corporally punished.*

2,482........children are confirmed as abused or neglected.

2,756........high school students drop out.*

4,262........children are arrested.

16,964......public school students are suspended.*

* Based on calculations per school day (180 days of seven hours each)
** Courtesy: Children's Defense Fund, Washington D. C.




Or look at it this way...

Every 9 seconds............a high school student drops out.*

Every 13 seconds..........a public school student is corporally punished.*

Every 20 seconds..........a child is arrested.

Every 35 seconds..........a child is confirmed as abused or neglected.

Every minute.................a baby is born to a teen mother.

Every 4 minutes............a child is arrested for drug abuse.

Every 8 minutes............a child is arrested for violent crimes.

Every 41 minutes..........a child or teen dies in an accident.

Every 3 hours...............a child or teen is killed by a firearm.

Every 5 hours...............a child or teen commits suicide.

Every 6 hours...............a child is killed by abuse or neglect.

* Based on calculations per school day (180 days of seven hours each)
** Courtesy: Children's Defense Fund, Washington D. C. - August 2004




Or this way...

KEY FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN CHILDREN



3 in 5 preschoolers have their mothers in the labor force.

1 in 2 will live in a single parent family at some point in childhood.

1 in 3 is born to unmarried parents.

1 in 3 is behind a year or more in school.

1 in 4 lives with only one parent. Family living arrangements.

1 in 7 never graduates from high school.

1 in 8 has a worker in their family but still is poor.

1 in 9 is born to a teenage mother.

1 in 13 will be arrested at least once before age 17.

1 in 35 lives with grandparents (or other relative) but neither parent.

1 in 60 sees their parents divorce in any year.

1 in 83 will be in state or federal prison before age 20.

1 in 146 will die before their first birthday.

1 in 1,339 will be killed by guns before age 20.

** Courtesy: Children's Defense Fund, Washington D. C. - August 2004



And...

53 Million American children attend 100,000 public school, 92% are receiving no Bible teaching or instruction.

26 Million American children are not part of a local church.

25 Million American children have never heard an adult personally read a single verse of Scripture to them.

 ** Courtesy: U.S. Department of Education


They're searching for something...

to do, to be, to belong...

We've Got It...



"...If you hold to my teaching,

you are really my disciples.

Then you will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free."

- John 8:31-32




The fastest way to impact the entire youth population of our community is through the school campus.1



In Luke 5 we find the very familiar story of Jesus coming in contact with several fishermen who had been out all night fishing but arrived back to shore without any catch. Jesus tells these fishermen to go back out and simply fish on the other side of the boat. These fishermen got back in their boats and they headed out.

You know the rest of the story. They caught so many fish, on the other side of the boat that they had to call for their buddies. Their nets were so full of fish that they began to break. They returned to shore amazed at this Teacher; and fell on their faces before the Master. Jesus answered their awe with a challenge: "...from now on you will be catching men [students]." A follow-up of His challenge in Mark 1:17, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men [students]."

Today we (The Church, etc.) are better educated, more talented, and have greater support from those around us than ever before. And yet we are further behind than ever. We are experts at fishing, but mostly we catch and release the same kids week after week in our services. It's like fishing in a bathtub. We need to be challenged to fish on the other side of the boat. This other side of the boat is called Campus Ministry.

There is a whole new way of fishing. Consider fishing on the other side of the boat. Fish where most of the fish are! Do you know where fish swim? Fish swim in schools. How can we even call ourselves fishermen if we neglect the largest concentration of fish? Where the catch is almost limitless?

For many years the fishing season has been limited in the schools. Certainly, there are still separation of church and state issues that we must be aware of, but many of the remaining walls are simply the residual memories of restricted fishing in the past, and ignorance of the current rules and regulations.

If you want to change a generation, go after the kids. Lenin & Hitler knew that. Advertisers know that! You know it. Our country desperately needs us. Let's change the World together!
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