This year has been an insane year for many but out in Utah, arguably one of the most unregenerate states in our union, a new program has emerged with the goal of reaching children with the Gospel directly in public and charter schools. Next Generation of Utah was launched in August partnering with a charter school in Riverdale, Utah with the aim of teaching a solid foundation of the true Gospel in a very dark place.
The influence of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) church seeps into every aspect of life in Utah. Most Utah natives fall into one of two categories. They (1) have grown up in the LDS church and are currently active, or (2) left the church and are not affiliated with any religious group. Religiously, Utah is primarily LDS and their “gospel” reaches around the world. Next Generation of Utah’s desire is to change the course for kids by giving them access to the truth about who Jesus actually is and what that means for humanity.
In our partnership with Good Foundations Academy, we teach Bible to kids twice a week during a release time offered by the school. Having a religious release time is a common occurrence in most all schools throughout the state, however the time was originally intended for what is commonly known as the LDS Seminary. Seminary, for these folks, is where students loosely tied to the LDS church can go and learn Mormon doctrine to prepare them for eventually going on their two year mission (18 months for women). It is essentially a release time class where kids go and learn LDS theology. We aim to be an alternative to all schools where kids can learn about Evangelical Christianity and the hope that Jesus brings.
If you are unfamiliar with the Mormon gospel I would highly encourage you to research its history and doctrine. I would also ask that you intercede in prayer for those on the ground here in Utah preaching the true Gospel of Christ and giving their hearts for this mission field. The enemy has done a fantastic job of sprinkling lies and deceit through a religion that claims to be Christianity but is in fact far from it. Because of this, Utah is, honestly, an exhausting place to do ministry and it can leave the church feeling worn down and discouraged. Next Generation is no exception.
Next Generation of Utah is currently looking for people and churches around the country to partner with us in prayer and support. We would also gladly welcome anyone who wants to come physically join us in being the hands and feet of Jesus in Utah throughout the year. We have several churches that will join us on the ground this Summer to lead a Summer long camp where kids can come hear the truth about Jesus. We also have sponsorship opportunities for churches that will enable our program to exist throughout the Summer. We pray that you would consider physically or financially joining us on this journey. Every penny keeps our program going and every prayer is felt as we continue to plow cement in hopes of reaping a harvest of new believers.
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