On Saturday, 26th February, 2022, Apostle Agustus Adika Lavoe held a meeting with the various youth and their leaders from the various districts in the Apostle Area. The aim was to discuss with them how the youth can help to strengthen the New Apostolic faith in the Apostolic working area.
After saying a prayer and singing a hymnal, the Apostle read a bible text from the book of Nehemiah 4:6, “So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had mind to work”.
In a brief welcome, the Apostle advised the youth to face the challenges of the church in their various congregations and take responsibility to build the church with faith, hard work and dedication. “There are problems in your congregations, but you are the ones that can face them squarely and come out with possible solution. The building of the church without the youth is like a big-headed person with tiny legs”, said the Apostle.
The meeting, which was more of an open forum, saw various participants expressing their concerns and bringing out various solutions. A few of them are selected and discussed below;
Brother Mathew Agyenkwa: “I think one reason why the youth fear to take responsibilities is that, we cannot devoid ourselves from ungodly wordly pleasures. I will therefore entreat my fellow youth here to try as much as possible to stay away from sin and take charge of our responsibilities in the church”.
Brother Peter Darko: “One of the major problems the youth is facing is their inability to speak in public. I will therefore plead with my fellow youth here to practice public speaking. This can begin with congregational youth meetings, Sunday school and Confirmation Classes so as to boost our confidence in speaking in public”.
After more deliberations on these discussions, Apostle Agustus Adika Lavoe gave the following possible solutions which can guide the youth to strengthen their faith in the church. He said the youth should:
- Engage in visitation and vineyard work
- Assist in church maintenance and communal work
- Join and strengthen other departments of the church such as orchestra and choir.
- Invite friends to the church and help them to understand our doctrine.
- Engage the juvenile department of the church such as Sunday school and confirmation classes.
In closing the meeting, Apostle Adika Lavoe urged the participants to get more involved and live the doctrine of the Apostles, which are the teachings of Jesus, for they are the pillar of the church. A prayer was said by Brother Peter Darko to end the meeting, on the invitation of the Apostle. About 40 participants from twelve Districts attended the meeting.