Leading by Example
By Dana Haidamous
Spreading the Light that Shines in the Darkness
We are taught from a young age not to be anxious about anything but to pray and thank God for everything we need. And we, in turn, instill this hope along with God’s promises in our children and youth so that they may live life with Christ.
But when the world shuts down and everything around us is characterized by collapse, negativity and darkness; how do we answer our children’s questions about God and their fears that even we have? How do we teach them to see God’s love and goodness despite what the world says?
After much prayer, the BCYM team’s best answer to this question is to Lead by Example.
“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” – 1 Timothy 4:11-13
BCYM has come up with two immediate programs to lead by example by asking friends and partners who are significant in the lives of youth and parents with children to join with us in preparing encouraging video messages to share experiences, answer questions and provide tools to deal with and make the most of this time of isolation.
The first program is a Weekly Youth WhatsApp Broadcast that will feature 2- to 3-minute videos of popular or influential individuals in Lebanon and across the world who youth in Lebanon look up to in order to share the Word of God with them and encourage them to work on their walk with God and help their friends to do the same. We pray that the broadcast will eventually evolve into a forum where youth can share their ideas, prayer requests and testimonies.
The second program is a YouTube Channel and WhatsApp broadcast for Parents with Children, which will feature counselors, teachers, doctors, special needs teachers and other professionals sharing tips and advice with parents on how to encourage their children during this time, whether it be through activities, bible study, crafts or teachings.
We hope that both channels will grow by word of mouth to bless children and youth across Lebanon and outside of Lebanon.
Check out some of our broadcasted videos on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/BCYMYouTube
How Can You Help?
The BCYM Team are thankful for friends and partners ready to contribute to these projects by:
- Praying for the projects so that they reach children and youth and touch as many lives as possible.
- Sharing these projects with someone who might fit the profiles we are looking for (in Lebanon or internationally) and make simple 2 to 3 minute short videos as specified above.
- The most important goal of the video would be to link your thought or advice to the Word of God and also to suggest a call to action during the week.
- Support us so that we can carry on with these projects.
- Forward our broadcast to someone who might benefit (whether youth or family) once the projects begin.
For further information or if you would like to contribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.