Generations of Virtue Seminars For School Children In South Africa

You have a purpose. You have a future. God has given you everything you need to fulfill your calling. These are words not every South African child hears. But if they attended one of Generations of Virtue seminars for school children (held at various locations across Pretoria and Cape Town in October and November, 2014), they heard it. They heard these things, and also other points to encourage them to pursue their God-given dreams and use the training available to them to learn and grow. As the children, some as young as 6 and some as old as 18, sat listening to “the team from America” (a Generations of Virtue group in our teens, 20s and 30s), they learned about famous people throughout history from diverse backgrounds who were able to fulfill their life’s mission, simply by using the opportunities given to them (however limited they may have been) and refusing to give into the enemy’s lies that tried to hold them back.

While the Generations of Virtue team shared truth with the children, they also warned them to avoid the lies of the enemy.  Lies like, “You’ll never amount to anything. You’re not rich enough, smart enough, good-looking enough, etc. to pursue your dreams. You are not enough, and God isn’t either.” These lies, if believed, can cause children to turn to high-risk behavior as a means to cope with their pain.  More often than not, they don’t know how to go to God or an authority figure with their problems. They may not know there is another option besides following the cycle of drugs, premarital sex, brokenness, and poverty (both physical and spiritual) they see their peers following. This is precisely why the Generations of Virtue team revels in every chance to speak to children – even young children – about God’s perfect ways and the reasons He gives us guidelines.

The goal of each session, whether we are talking to children about their futures, teens about relationships and sexuality, or parents about raising their children, is to help the audience see that God is good and He is faithful, and He can be trusted. God doesn’t want to steal our fun or place so many rules on us we can’t follow, but instead He wants us to have the most fun, experience the most joy, and enjoy His unadulterated pleasures. That’s not a message every child expects to hear when our team comes, but that is the one they get.

Author:  Megan Briggs

Megan joined the Generations of Virtue team to become the Product Manager, a position which keeps her busy researching, reading resources, managing inventory and speaking to young people.

The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Parents of Teens: Day 4

7. They listen to their teen’s opinion. Sometimes we as parents are so intent on making sure our teens understand our family values, we do all the talking and forget to listen to what they have to say. This is huge! Let them feel like they have a voice in your home. We’ve found that when teenagers don’t feel like their parents “hear” them, they go elsewhere to be heard. Unfortunately, many of us have seen teens find listeners in the wrong crowd – and sometimes the consequences are great. Join the countless awesome parents we know, and become a listener!

8. They teach them media discernment. Why can’t they watch that movie? Why is that music off limits? Why aren’t they allowed to go to that website? Remember that your teens will very possibly leave home within the next 7 years for school, marriage, etc. What will they do when they are suddenly “free”? When they are allowed to choose the media they intake, will they choose wisely? Teach your teens WHY you have the rules you do. Let them study it. Encourage them to research the negative effects on things such as violent video games. Help them to own the same convictions you do for themselves.

Be sure and check back tomorrow for our last two Habits of Highly Successful Parents of Teens!