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Youth outreach involves walking with adolescents who have already chosen to follow Christ, as well as inviting new believers to join the community of faith. Mission workers often join local initiatives to help young people find ways to live their faith, answer questions, and support them as they transition from children into adults. Short-term Radical Journey teams sent by Mennonite Mission Network can also play important roles in mentoring youth.
"Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12
Christ's love and salvation are for persons of all ages; young persons are no exception. Youth have very specific spiritual and other needs as they grow toward adulthood, whether they live in predominantly secular parts of the world or in areas where the church is in a period of dynamic growth. Mission Network ministries attempt to reach out to youth, whether they face the dangers of materialism, New Age spiritual confusion, the abuse of alcohol or drugs, or the problems of poverty, poor health, or a lack of educational opportunities.
Ways of working with youth vary from one location to another. Some workers teach in local public schools and church-related ministries. Organizing youth meetings and retreats, music, discipleship, leadership training, and Bible quizzes are all ways youth are encouraged to participate in and experience Christ's love.