Last night it was my privilege to participate in the quarterly youth rally of UMBREMA – which stands for União das Mocidades Batistas Regulares do Maranhão, or, in English, Union of Regular Baptist Youth Groups of Maranhão. Here are a few of my takeaways:

The next generation of our churches is in good hands. The event was entirely planned, organized, and run by the young people. They chose a relevant theme – Real World and Virtual World: Both for the Glory of God. They planned activities, and then showed up in force, almost filling the auditorium of the Good News Baptist Church.

The leaders of UMBREMA, with our area pastors.

Young people are not getting coherent instruction on the proper use of social media. As I gave my talk on the assigned subject, they registered surprise as I shared basic facts about Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. It amazes me that people whose very lives are defined by social media know so little about it.

Talking to kids about social media…like talking to fish about water.

That’s not to say that I myself didn’t learn anything in the preparation of the study. For example, selfies can be hazardous to your health.

I am very privileged to be able to serve as one of the pastor/missionaries of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Of course, I knew this already, but last night added another layer of satisfaction. Not only do we have two young people serving on the administration of UMBREMA (as president and secretary), but to our youth group was given the task of organizing the activities and providing special music.

I’ll leave you with this video of them singing last night:

 

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