Dr. Suess’ classic line, “There’s no joy in Whoville…” isn’t just a memorable phrase from a cute movie starring Jim Carrey. For millions of elderly people throughout our world, it’s a painful reality they face every single day—especially during the holiday season.
I bet you know someone just like this man in the video above who lives within a stone’s throw of your home. And I also bet that you have a heart for hurting people. So what if we all decided together to make a small attempt to help with this heartbreaking problem this holiday season?
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I know addiction. And recovery. Because I’ve suffered and survived both. But I could have just as easily been another statistic with people mourning over my casket murmuring, “How didn’t we know?” So as I listen to the rise in recent news coverage about America’s growing opioid and heroin epidemic, I must raise a question, “How effective is the Church at responding to this crisis?”
Statistically, there’s not a kid in your youth group who isn’t aware of a friend using drugs. And don’t be so naïve as to pretend there aren’t teens in your church using or abusing. Youth group members were some of my best customers—I made more money on Wednesday nights than I did on weekends. And while I’m pretty sure people had suspicions about my behavior, no one ever confronted me. Or came alongside in support. Because it was easier to turn a blind eye—and it still is today.
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NEW: A Timely Discussion for Youth Workers
I had such a great conversation this week with my long-time friend and youth ministry veteran, Paul Turner from The Disciple Project. We discussed how the ideas from my book, Alone Sucks, isn’t just a problem for this generation but a desperate need youth workers face, too. Listen into our conversation for some practical insights.