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Raising a resilient generation in a complex world

I was raised in a Christian home and studied at a Methodist primary school. When I was about 14 years old, I dropped out of church. Over the next 20 years, I was an atheist.

I started to consider going back to church when expecting my younger daughter. I felt it was getting hard to be a parent in an increasingly complex world and believed I needed an anchor to raise my children. So I explored going to back to my Christian roots.

About nine months after going back to church, I was baptised. It took another three years of prayers and humility before my husband decided to do the same. Over the next decade, my children grew up in church, assimilated to youth groups smoothly and decided to be baptised. As a family, we make efforts to grow spiritually together—we attended prayer meetings and conferences together, went on family retreats and prayed and served together.

I am now the International Director of Generations of Virtue, a ministry that is committed to transforming culture for the glory of God, one family at a time. I am also a Colson Fellow, commissioned by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview to equip fellow Christians in forming a true and coherent understanding of the world so as to deal effectively with the controversies of this cultural moment. I run a social enterprise providing digital literacy education, leadership and family life education as well as mental toughness training.

Because of my “wilderness” experience, I can relate to those who have doubts and drift away from church. I have three key learning points:

 

  1. It is important to provide a safe space for youth to raise questions and discover Truth for themselves. This can help them to build their own faith and convictions. Ideally this should start in the home. This means having the humility to say “I don’t know, but let’s find out together” when they raise questions that stump us.

 

  1. Confidence in raising the next generation involves continuous learning and application of the learning. This could mean using apologetics to reach the hearts and minds of youth. It could also involve intentional discipleship through journeying with youth, creating opportunities for them to connect faith and life, and to wrestle with the complex issues that they face so that they can have confidence and clarity to be effective ambassadors of Christ.

 

  1. Praying for and with our children is the most foundational aspect of being a good steward of the lives that God has given us the privilege to train up the way that they should go. Simple acts like praying a blessing for our children as they leave home for school each morning, and praying a blessing for them before they go to bed can be great connection time with our family and God.

Be part of the movement to raise a resilient generation. Contact me at carol@generationsofvirtue.org for Generations of Virtue’s latest learning opportunities. You can also follow the ministry in Telegram at https://t.me/GOVasia, as well as Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GenerationsOfVirtueAsia

Carol Loi is the International Director of Generations of Virtue, a a ministry that is committed to teaching sexual wholeness and integrity, and equipping families to transform culture.

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