STEP initiative

Many young men in America are all too readily looking for fun in all the wrong places – most notably, in cyber places. As in, video games. Virtual reality. Playing. Pretending. Instead of applying their amazing minds to problem-solving at a job, some are using those skills on strategy games. Instead of working up a sweat in manual labor, they’re straining their thumbs on PlayStation. Instead of the adrenaline rush of serving their country in the military, they’re creating chases and combat out of pixels. Rather than working hard at real-life relationships, they live in a world of assumed identity.

Let’s call them back. Call them up from the basement and out into the world. Challenge the young man in your world to be a Big Brother. To volunteer with a youth sports team. Help repair a neighbor’s house or fix a relative’s car. Get a job. Serve others. Maybe even explore Entrust’s STEP initiative. What a great way to put all that virtual experience to good use!

STEP initiative

Solar eclipse

Are you traveling to a prime viewing spot for Monday’s total solar eclipse? People on a line from Madras, Ore., to Columbia, S.C., will get to enjoy the daytime darkness and temperature drop longer than those in the rest of the U.S., but it’s going to be a spectacle for everyone. Let the event spark conversations about the God who made the universe, controls its movements and one day, will change everything far, far more than this minutes-long eclipse. Use it as a teaching moment!

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Solar eclipse

Mid Atlantic Hub

Entrust’s Mid-Atlantic hub held its inaugural training July 30-Aug. 5 in Maryland. Thirteen women took our foundational small group leadership module, Facilitating Relational Learning. Participants and facilitators came from 13 churches, eight states and many life stages. The ladies learned and laughed a lot, according to hub coordinator Trish Barrett. Trish received comments including “beyond expectations,” “not like any other training,” and “learned a lot about myself as well as about facilitating.”

Sound good? Learn more at http://www.entrust4.org/wwmt/hubs.
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Mid Atlantic Hub

Middle kids

Middle kids, stand up and be counted! Today is your day — National Middle Child Day. Rather than feel sorry for yourself, rather than buy all that stuff about being a “poor, lost, middle kid,” remember, middle kids are often more likely to become entrepreneurs, leaders, award-winners. Consider Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, John F. Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, Warren Buffet.

Better yet, consider this. “There are no middle children in God’s family.” That’s the title of blogger Aaron Armstrong’s post of Sept. 4, 2016 (http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/?s=middle+child). Referencing Gal. 3:27-29, Armstrong says, “The Father’s affection for each of us is always more than we can imagine. He always has time to hear from each one of us. In Christ, there are no middle kids.”

Remind the “middle kids” in your world today of their tremendous value to you, society and most of all, to God!

Happy Family Walking

Middle kids