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Think back – how old were you when you came to faith in Jesus? I was 16.

Charles Spurgeon was 15, William Booth was 15, George Whitfield was 16, C T Studd was 16,             D L Moody was 18 and Billy Graham was 17.

Jesus was in his early 30’s and most of the disciples were aged between mid teens and early 20’s! The first youth group…they went on to turn the world upside down.

It is generally thought that the best age to be a youth leader is 20-25. The older brother or sister approach. But in Gavin Calver’s book ‘Disappointed with Jesus?’ he tells of a survey of about 200 young people asking what type of youth leaders/mentors would they like. Over 85% of them said a parent or grandparent figure! Wow! The church is full of them!

A few years ago I was told this story of a chapel in Wales who started a Youth Club where most of their youth workers were over 70! They had 16 active members, all retired. Three teenagers walked in one January to get out of the cold. They got such a good welcome that they came again.

After a month or so, the YP asked for a youth club. The local Head of Youth For Christ in the area who lived a couple of villages away agreed to run it for the chapel on condition that they helped.      2 members were present each time to welcome the children and do the refreshments, though they have been known to join in quieter games. The first volunteer to help was Beryl who was 98! The youth club needed a budget. Chapel cash-flow was a bit tight so they used the old Sunday school account which was sitting doing nothing and the members also each gave £1 a week into the youth club fund. The YFC leader later suggested that they start giving less as the money was coming in faster than she could spend it. The average youth club attendance was 6.  The youngsters then asked for cooking lessons so that they could throw a Christmas party for the old people who help run the youth club for them.

There is something dynamic in the amazing combination of the enthusiasm of youth and the wisdom of age.

Who are you mentoring?

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