The Youth and Children’s Project 2016/17 “Journeys of Promise” aims to help children and young people show how they follow Jesus every day by how they live their lives and not just by the things that they say. The Bible teaches that our faith is not something that is to be kept hidden but that can be seen in all that we do as we live our lives differently to those who live by different values. Jesus stood out as being different when He lived on earth and He calls us to be no less radical in our faith today.
The Project highlights the stories of young people and children who, along with their families have suffered great trauma and have been displaced from their homes, mainly through conflict in their own countries. We have seen the news footage of the many thousands who have had to leave Syria because of the conflict there and have had to settle in refugee camps in many other countries. We are focusing on those who are in Lebanon and are being supported through the work of National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) and Open Doors, two partners of PCI.
The Project tells the story of three individuals who represent many others who live in this situation. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, “Treat the foreigner as you would a local... Love him like one of your own.” This is the memory verse for the Project this year and we want the children and young people of PCI to understand how to make a difference in the world by living out their faith as part of a community of global concern.