Foundations of the Future- Bringing Our Truth to Youth
An Amazing Fact: Shortly after its construction, the famous Tower of Pisa started to sink and tilt because its shallow foundation had been set in weak, unstable soil. For the next 800 years, the tilt slowly increased. By 1988, the 183-foot tower was closed because it was leaning out more than 13 feet at the top and was in danger of collapsing. Then, in May 2008, after $25 million in elaborate foundation repairs, the marble tower was stabilized and the icon was reopened—even though the top still leans out more than 12 feet. The moral? It’s a lot easier to get a foundation right in the beginning. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
King Solomon taught, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). It’s a wonderful promise for us, isn’t it?
That’s why it makes me so sad that today’s Christian youth are being bombarded by the world’s values. Their spiritual foundations are being constructed by popular music, movies, TV, and books … making it hard to tell the difference between them and the typical non-believing youth.
Worse, according to the research firm Barna Group, young adults today are far less likely to pray and read the Bible than their parents. The troubling fruit is that by the time our young men and women get into their twenties, 60 percent are no longer involved in the church. Our church simply can’t survive this much longer!
That’s why I pray you will help meet this challenge of a tilting generation … we must reach our youth now if we’re to survive as a people of faith and finish the work so Jesus can return!
The good news is that you already have made big changes in so many young lives, like Victor’s …
Awakened from Spiritual Slumber
When Victor was a child, his father was able to plant seeds of biblical truth into his young heart. But through his teenage years, Victor immersed himself in worldly influences. He eventually became a pot-smoking, rock music addict, determined that his own heavy metal band would become the next superstar sensation.
But God never gives up, and Victor’s father never stopped praying. He invited young Victor to an Amazing Facts satellite Bible prophecy seminar, and this opened the door for him to watch our Final Events DVD. It was at this point that the Holy Spirit worked feverishly to awaken Victor from his spiritual slumber.
Victor says, “This led me to be a regular visitor of amazingfacts.org, where I watched every sermon and read every book and article.” This, in turn, led him back to the source of all truth, God’s Word, and into the loving arms of a Savior.
“It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of change in my life,” Victor explains. Today, he is a 23-year old Bible worker using Amazing Facts resources to reach atheists, agnostics, and young people for Jesus. “I believe Amazing Facts is the quintessential resource center for reaching new believers. ... I know firsthand that God is using Amazing Facts, because it made a big impact on my own life.”
If you’ve ever wondered if your support of Amazing Facts makes tangible changes in the lives of wandering youth, here’s your answer..
New Youth Emphasis
We must magnify this effect millions of times over now so we have a multitude of young people ready to go with the gospel as the final events draw ever near. “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world” (Education, p. 271).
But how do we reach them today if they aren’t in church? The very best way to reach youth now is through websites and the unrelenting power of social media.
This is where they are interacting with their world, and it’s where we need to be—just as Jesus went to the publican’s home to minister to those who needed to hear about Him!
For instance, we have nearly a quarter million followers on Facebook, many of them youth, but our ability to touch their lives is hampered by websites—such as helltruth.com, sabbathtruth.com, and others—that appear archaic and have outdated formats and technology.
Amazing Facts is also barely touching the surface of social media, and it is vital that we invest more in reaching youth through this conduit.
Why? Every month, we add 6,000 new followers on Facebook, Twitter, and more. God is bringing the curious to us right now—and that’s where you come in. Your gift today will go a long way in reaching more young people and convincing them to shake off the shackles of worldly deceptions and to pursue a relationship with Christ. Here’s our plan …
1. We will produce a powerful series of innovative short videos to educate youth with biblical truth in smaller bites. These videos need to compete with the high-quality, sophisticated content out there on YouTube.
2. We must urgently update our most important websites to be more youth friendly, eye-catching, and update their technology.
3. We need to invest more in an expansive online marketing campaign, such as widespread Google Ads and the ability to text message youth’s smartphones, to ensure millions more can see God’s Word come alive.
Imagine young people sitting in front of their computer screens and surfing their smartphones, being educated on the latest cultural debauchery, when you step in and help fill their minds with all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8). It can happen!
Reaching our youth should be a priority, so please let me know of your support today with a special gift. You’ve already seen what it can do to transform a life like Victor’s, but we can make an even bigger difference if we invest as God has called us to invest in His work.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Pastor Doug Batchelor
President, Amazing Facts