- 64% of American Christians choose Jesus before turning 18
- Over 88% of church kids go to public school
- 70% of church kids drop out of church once they are on their own
Why do they drop out? (from Answers in Genesis)
“A substantial percentage of the young adults surveyed said they started to doubt the Bible as early as fourth grade.
“While most said they still believe that the Bible is God’s Word, they also said that the idea that the earth is billions of years old was one thing that caused them to doubt the Bible. Also, one of the main reasons they left church is because they thought it was irrelevant and boring.”
There are many reasons young people drop out, but the undermining of the authority of God’s Word is the overarching reason.
Everywhere you look, Christian leaders will tell us the Enemy is going after our kids. We all know it, but what can we do? Parents have a lot of opportunity to guide their own children, but what about the kids whose parents can’t or won’t help them?
Right now, on my computer, is a book written just for these kids. It’s not too long, it is easy to read, and packed with the kind of information they need to face a hostile world.
There is also a cover letter and synopsis with samples in the inbox of the president of New Leaf Publishing Group. It’s normal for a book proposal to spend weeks or months before overworked staff have a chance to look at it. It’s also normal for newbies to have a difficult time being taken seriously.
It wasn’t even my idea to start out this year with the biggest creation publisher. I know the rules: build a platform first with magazine articles, guest posts, and other small things, then convince them my followers will buy enough product to be worth the risk.
But, it wasn’t God’s plan to wait so long. He gave me the assignment and I’ve done everything in my power to get the book ready quickly and well. There also aren’t many publishing options for books taking the scientific establishment head on. Either you print with a tiny publisher or with Master Books (in the USA). The whole point is to get the word out, not to see my name in print (although that does sound incredible!), so my prayer is to get in with Master Books.
It also isn’t my plan to give you a sob story of pre-rejection/acceptance angst. Last night, Ravi Zacharias brought me to tears when he reminded us of the attack on our youth. Here I am, with an answer all ready, and stuck waiting.
Then I remembered some counsel my dad gave my husband and me when we were heading out as missionaries, “don’t wait until God comes through for you. Bring people in to the faith moment, so they can be part of it and grow too.”
So, I’m asking for your help. If God doesn’t work, nothing worthwhile will happen. But, God is powerful and also loves to hear us ask politely, gratefully, and passionately.
Plus, when God comes through (which He will), you’ll all be part of this and always know Cheri Fields isn’t some super woman who had the way smoothed for her, we all have a calling and it’s all about Jesus!
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It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127