What are we REALLY communicating to America’s Invisible Children?

by Joseph Parker

Have you ever thought about the intangible message we communicate to our children?

You’ve heard it said before, it is not what we say, but what we do (or not do) that communicates the loudest.

Have you found that,

“…everybody is busy with their own situation. Everybody’s lost in their own world…bottled up, hurried up, trying to make their own dream come true…They don’t understand…Everyones staring, busy with their own situation, no one understands what their neighbor’s going through.”

Watch this Sawyer Brown video and let me know what you think we should do.

I am sorry if you do not like Country music, do your best to get past the “twang” and listen to the lyrics.

I really think this is a powerful message to the Church; what are we doing to make a difference…and HOW will we do it?

Or are we all too busy with our own situation?

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7 responses to “What are we REALLY communicating to America’s Invisible Children?

  1. I don’t believe it’s a quantitative issue so much as a qualitative one. It’s not a question of how much people – or churches – are involved so much as a question of how they’re involved and in how that involvement manifests itself.

  2. Jonolan,

    Thank you for your response…I ABSOLUTELY agree with you…I think you hit the nail on the head. The problem is, how do we reach kids on a qualitative basis without looking at the quantitative? Realistically, how much of a difference can we make when I am one person with 20, 30, 40 kids?

  3. I don’t know what form such actions would take for you in your specific circumstances, but I’ve had teachers and mentors who profoundly affected me through the example of how they lived their their lives and chose to spend their time and energy.

    NOTE: Those profound effects have been both positive and negative depending on the specific person and the example they set.

  4. Jonolan,

    Again, thank you for your response, and again I absolutely agree.

    The confusion may come in the fact I am not talking about the “average” child who can be dramatically affected by a teacher’s presence in his/her life a couple times a week. There are many, like yourself, who did not need that one on one mentoring relationship…but as we all know by society and what we read in the papers, there are many kids who do.

    Rather, I am talking about severely “at-risk” kids who need an adult to poor into their lives in such an intentional way it will make a difference in their lives long term.

    I assume, and forgive me if I am wrong, that in addition to those teachers, you had someone, somewhere who you could look up to and who “showed” you how to become a productive adult.

    KidTrek believes it is virtually impossible for one adult to poor his/her life equally into 20-30 kids and still produce realistically positive results. But, if s/he is able to concentrate on a small number of kids, s/he is much more capable to be intentional, enabling him/her to develop a sincere, long term relationship that will impact that child for life.

  5. I have to agree that I’m doubtful of any significant short-term benefit from a 1:20-30 mentor to kid relationship; there’s just not enough time or brainspace to make it personal enough for immediate “intervention.”

    And yes, I was lucky enough to have family and the legacy of family lost – military family for 5 generations – to show me how to be a productive adult. It still – strangely enough – was the thought of what one of my teachers – George Icke -would think and feel that took the gun out of my own mouth at 15 though. Funny really, he wasn’t really close to me, but I remember how he dealt with life and with problems and decided to give another day…and another. It’s been 25 years now and I’m still going.

  6. Jonolan,

    Wow! What a powerful story.

    This is what this blog is all about. The power adults play in kids lives. Some, like yourself, are powerfully impacted by a teacher who’s very presence (no matter how “limited” it may be) can get a child to think about his/her future…and that s/he has one!

    This is why we, KidTrek, are committed to doing everything we can to place adults, like George Icke, in kids lives.

    But because we see many kids (particularly those growing up in urban America) poor and struggling to see their purpose in life, we believe they need adults who can give more, longer, intentional time to them.

    Thank you so much for continuing this discussion. This has been refreshing. God bless you!

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