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Guest Post by Josh Cousineau. Josh is the Youth Pastor and an Elder at East Auburn Baptist Church. He and his wife are currently adopting a daughter from Uganda. They have been married for 8 years and have two sons who are 5 and 3. Josh’s blog.

One of the most significant things you can do for students in your ministry is to expose them to the fatherless, the widow and those who are in need. As youth pastors, youth workers, and college student ministers, we can spend much of our time thinking through what we want to teach the students. We spend hours crafting our lessons, planing out what series we are going to walk them through etc… Now please don’t get me wrong, these efforts are essential. If we do not teach students the Scriptures, then exposing them to the needy will do nothing but stir up emotions that do not flow from the truth and experience of the gospel. So, read this post recognizing that exposure to the need must happen within the context of faithful, gospel-centered teaching.

As I write this post, I am sitting in a home in Uganda, Africa waiting to go meet my daughter Nya. We started the process of adopting her 3 years ago, so the emotions and excitement are hard to put into words. Yet even though we started the adoption process 3 years ago, God started the process in me 14 years ago, when I was only 12.

It was my first short term mission’s trip, my first real exposure to the world around me. I was sitting in an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, South America, when God planted a seed in my heart and mind. A seed that for many years did nothing but sit there. What I thought was just a noble cause was in actuality God leading me to have a heart for the fatherless, the orphaned, for children who are exposed to all types of horror. You see, God used that moment when I was 12 to change the trajectory of the rest of my life. Yet that moment would not have come had I not been exposed to the need.

As I sit here today about to see not only my child, who will live in my home, but also many other children who will not go to bed tonight with a father to lead them, a mother to love them, or a family to call their own, I can’t help but wonder what we are doing to expose the next generation of the orphan care movement to the needs of the fatherless. What are we doing to put them in a place where God may plant a seed that will change the trajectory of their lives?

I have been asked by Dan to write about Youth and College ministry and orphan care/adoption movement. I have a ton on my heart that I want to write about. So, over the next couple months I look forward to having a conversation on how we can lead the next generation. I am excited about what God will do in the next generation and how He will use us to equip students to care for the fatherless.


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