Welcome to the “Just for Parents” portion of our Youth Ministry Web page. Here you will find helpful articles, links, and information concerning your students, the church, the world, and the kitchen sink. We want you to know that at Park Lane your students are welcomed, loved, and very important to us. We care not only about the spiritual development of your students, but also their emotional and physical well-being and safety. We will do all we can to make sure that these three areas of your students life are covered and taken care of.
However, the truth is, we only have your students a couple of hours at most every week. That’s why it’s so important for parents to play a role in the spiritual, emotional, and physical lives of their students, because truth be told, your role is probably more important than ours. My hope and prayer is that you will find the information on this page helpful in raising your students, leading them spiritually, encouraging them emotionally, and keeping them health and safe physically. You are in our prayers!
Be the Jam!
Be the Jam…the traffic jam that is. Every year in the United States thousands of young people are bought, sold, and trafficked across State and U.S. borders. As a matter of fact, estimates are as high as 18,000-20,000 people. Now…what is trafficking you ask…well, here is the legal definition: An ACT or attempted act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person by means of force, abduction, fraud, coercion, purchase, sale, threats, abuse of power for the purpose of exploitation. That exploitation happens in one of two ways, sexual activity and/or physical labor. The people caught up in this increasingly growing illegal trade are trapped in modern day slavery…that’s right, slavery. And it’s happening here in the U.S., in our states, our cities, and our neighborhoods. And it’s happening to some of our very own teenagers.
The best way to end slavery is to prevent it. In other words: to cause a traffic jam in the trafficking of human beings. The best way to do this is through education. Learning how and why human trafficking occurs can keep those who are at risk safe and help them to make better decisions. Now, before you toss this article out the window because you think “it will never happen to me,” did you know that one of the growing tactics of human traffickers is befriending teenagers on Facebook? Or hanging out at the mall? Or hiring students in schools to act as bait? To learn far more than I could ever type or tell you, check out these websites www.bethejam.org and www.endslaverytn.org and get involved. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Jesus Christ