Monday, April 29
God takes what we offer in faith and multiplies it. Training is one of the best ways to multiply efforts. Training youth produces an even greater effect. The skills and habits developed by youth impact not only those youth and their peers but also their immediate families and their future families.
An amazing ministry that the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) carries out is youth peer education to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS. Peer educators are high school students trained in positive life skills (setting goals, choosing good friends, saying no to drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex, etc.) and in what HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases are and how they can be prevented. Taught from a Christian perspective, the training encourages and equips youth to follow biblical standards. Peer educators share their new knowledge and skills at school and in their church youth groups by talking one-on-one, speaking with groups, and doing skits and songs.
Many different PC(USA) congregations contribute to this program. In the last five years, they have raised enough to train and supervise over 250 youth. Peer educators’ lives have changed. School environments have improved. The full impact of this ministry will be felt as the youth make positive decisions and in turn become parents better equipped to guide their own children.
—Elizabeth Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM): Janice Heckler, associate for planning, training, and development, Elizabeth Turk, public health specialist, Robert(Dan) Turk , environment/development
Church of Jesus Christ of Madagascar (FJKM): Rev. Lala Rasendrahasina, president, Mr. Marc Ravalomanana and Dr. Laurent Ramambason, vice-presidents, Rev. Marinasy, general secretary • Akany Avoko Home for Girls • Federation of Protestant Churches in Madagascar: Rev. Fanjanavalona Rasoavimbahoaka, general secretary
Synod Partnership: Synod of the Northeast, with the FJKM
Let us pray
Lord, please be with these youth who have been trained as peer educators. Guide them as they share what they have learned with their friends and fellow students. May the youth not give in to temptation but trust in you when circumstances are difficult. May churches provide godly guidance and positive fellowship opportunities for the youth of Madagascar. Amen.