Your church can be ground zero, the front lines, on the battle to save the lives of our kids today. There is no stronger place found where the heart of Christ, a base for strong mentors and a community for good can be found. The men in our churches are hungry for a place to create legacy, meaning, to give back. It may not be in a classroom but by a campfire, a creek bank or mountain top. Start a KOZ group.
And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.Matthew 16:18
The heart of a child needs to be cultivated. For the wounded child, the fatherless, abandoned, there is a basic instinct of trust that must be earned. Even kids from intact families struggle to understand their place. KOZ gives the mentor a regular opportunity to speak into the lives of the KOZ kids. Once it has been given to the adult, that is when the fruit begins to come. That is when mentoring works.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6
The average kid today spends 40 minutes a week outside and 70 hours a week looking at an electronic screen. Urban lifestyles, electronics and a lack of mentors in outdoor skills and adventure has created an unhealthy gap between the kids today and the outdoors.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.