On a recent Sunday morning at Children of God Ministries in Mechanicsville, YOKE Board Member, Elder Matthew Best, challenged his church to invest more in young people. His message, anchored in Deuteronomy 11, is one that we at YOKE are passionate about.

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”

God was instructing the people of Israel to follow these instructions because their children represented the future. Soon the land would be theirs. According to Matthew, we invest in the next generation by lifting up the Word, laying out the Word, and finally by living out the Word.

Our situation is the same.  Our program director, Sarah Scheafnocker, often reminds us that, over the next 10 years, the kids that we are working with today, will shape the neighborhoods that we live in – either for good, or for bad. That’s why the ministry of YOKE is so important. We lift up the Word, lay out the Word, and live out the Word to build the kind of leaders that will positively transform our communities. Thank you for joining us in building that legacy.