REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION
The leadership at Tikvat started a new weekly prayer meeting on Shabbat mornings from 10 a.m. to 10:30 (just before Shabbat service starts), to devote ourselves to praying for the specific needs of the ministry. We want to see a greater impact and harvest of souls in 2022 – we are NOT going to allow fear or any economic or crisis stop of from building the Kingdom. Everyone is invited to come pray with us for this before each service. One area that we are devoting ourselves to prayer is specifically for the next generation of our children and grandchildren. We are all in a battle for the hearts and minds of our children as society has grown spiritually darker. As our Messiah said,
“You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. And then many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one other. Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Mt 24:9–14).
If we fail to reach our children while they are young, if we do not lay the foundation of faith when they are little, the future of our Messianic Jewish movement will suffer, and so will they. The good news is, according to a 2020 Pew Research report: “Teens are about as likely to say they go to religious services mainly because their parents want them to (38%) as to say they go mainly because they themselves want to go (35%).” (PEW REPORT) While this percentage is not high, it does mean the situation is not hopeless. Parents still have extraordinary influence on their kids even in the teenage years. However, it does not mean that it is easy. It takes commitment by parents and grandparents, sometimes to even to exercise authority when it comes to matters of faith, worship, and prayer together in the home, as well as in the community. In an age where we find ourselves increasing isolated from each other – NOW, MORE THAN EVER – WE NEED TO CULTIVATE COMMUNITY – (a community of Messianic Faith). We need to reach the next generation before it is too late. We have seen some of Tikvat’s teens leave the faith, some temporarily and come back eventually. Others sadly, have led and are now leading exceedingly difficult and painful lives due to poor choices, and the lack of relationship with God. We always pray for them and their families. If you have children, or if your children are grown, but you have grandchildren, we implore you to act. How?...(continue below)...