Social Justice, Micah Mandate – Brooklyn Lindsey

  • Here is an article, featuring Birds of Hope, from the magazine, Micah Mandate.  It was written by my amazing and inspiring youth pastor, Brooklyn Lindsey.

    Brooklyn Lindsey- Social Justice | Micah Mandate

     

    Here’s proof. Social Justice isn’t a fad. It’s what happens when we spend time in the presence of God.

    Dear Brooklyn,

    Thanks so much for all you have done for Birds of Hope! You have really help to spread the word and encourage us to keep going! I can still remember the Wednesday night that Allyson and I shared our ideas with you. Like us, you were so excited and had all the faith in the world that it would work out! The Facebook page was a brilliant idea. Just yesterday, someone found out about Bird of Hope as she was browsing online! And then as Allyson and I nervously went up on stage to talk to the church, it was comforting to know you were with us. For all this and more, I just wanted to say thanks! Love, Emily(January 2010)

    Is Biblical social justice a fad among young people? It’s notes like these that lead me to believe that there is a transcending culture that exists above fads—it’s a Jesus culture and our teenagers want to be a part of it.

    Emily and Allyson attended our church mission trip. During one of the services where we watched a revealing video called “Zambia’s Song”, Emily felt certain that she was being called to do something to help the families without clean water there. She asked God, “what can I do…I’m only 12…what can I give? When she returned from camp she decided she would use her gift of sewing to change the world.

    She took what she had (an ability to sew and some left over fabric) and committed it to God last summer. She and her friend would make hand sewn hanging birds and sell them to raise money. Their goal was $500.

    They met their goal.

    In fact, five months later they had raised over $12,000 for bio-sand filters and wells in Zambia. Social justice isn’t a fad for 12 year olds. It’s not even a word they talk about.

    What they do know is that God is calling them to flesh out their faith, to be the hands and hearts of Christ in a world that is desperate for Him. I really think people are quick to call the justice work of young people a fad because they don’t understand how they can be so zealous about it. Teenagers and young adults, in my mind, have just the right amount of crazy in them to believe in God’s big dreams.

    It’s faith like Emily’s that keeps me preaching the importance of being in God’s presence. Because it’s in God’s presence that we find our purpose and strength!

    Emily, in the quiet space of her heart, found a place to sit with Jesus. She talked with him.  She asked Jesus what she could do and he gave her an idea, courage to tell someone about her big plans, and then strength to follow through.

    The term social justice might be en vogue but the kingdom worker mindset among young people will continue because the Spirit of God never ceases to work in and through the willing. God’s Spirit always works through the willing. There’s nothing like having a few middle school students with willing hearts to show us how it’s done.

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    Emily and Allyson will be attending NYC this summer. They will be freshman in the fall and can be found sewing birds together on the weekends. To find out more about Birds of Hope you can visit their Facebook page.

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/birdsofhope


    January 3rd, 2011 | nicebrand | 1 Comment |

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