An image of a young Bolivian woman with a traditional instrument.
Aug 9 2017

Helping youth find their wings

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

An image of a young Bolivian woman with a traditional instrument.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

Our work with youth is a particular joy for the Unbound community. They often inspire us with their creativity and resilience in the face of deep poverty. Encouraged by their sponsors, and blessed with the gift of hope, they dare to dream of a better life for themselves and their families. They also remind us that energy and industry, when bolstered by the encouragement of a friend, is a powerful force.

The young people in the Unbound world, like youth everywhere, brim with creativity and the desire to share their gifts with the world. All they need from us is a launching pad. They’ll take flight on their own.

The United Nations has designated Aug. 12 as International Youth Day. Thanks to all who nurture the gifts of youth and, especially, to those who sponsor young people in the Unbound program.

Read a story about the musical gifts of young people.

Please pray

Loving God, you bless the human family with the energy and idealism of young people. May we listen to them, protect them and stand in awe of your presence within them. Let us learn from our youth as well as teach them, knowing that each generation holds graces all its own. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.

Larry Livingston

Senior Writer/Editor

Larry has been with Unbound since 2005. He has a background in theology, pastoral ministry and education, and has written for several national publications. Larry, his wife, Kristi, and son, Ben, have three sponsored friends, Alvaro, Maria and Michele.

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