Nel and Sharon spent an interesting afternoon on Wednesday November 16, training app. 20 parents of the Operation Restoration Christian School in Trench Town. These parents see so much violence all around them in this inner-city community, that they too respond violently to almost every situation. One grandmother described how she slapped her granddaughter in the face (‘boxed’ her as we would say in Jamaica), because the granddaughter had slapped her baby sister in the face. Well the granddaughter simply slapped back the grandmother in her face!! Another parent frequently declared that her sons knew that she would stab them up if they disrespected her; only to later tell the group that one of her sons had recently killed someone who disrespected him. Lessons learnt.
The training session was a small step in showing them a different way to communicate with their children and to handle issues.. The simple steps they learnt as they tried to do an activity, is something they can easily use in their everyday lives as they teach their children about life
- Give verbal instructions
- Demonstrate the instructions
- Let the other person do it, while you watch
- Encourage and correct if needed, while they do it again and again, until you know that they know how to do it..
We look forward to working some more with these parents as we seek to strengthen families. Living out our motto: “One generation to another”
I was privileged to spend July and August visiting friends, family and supporters in the UK and the Netherlands, followed by a 10 day visit to Florida in September, attending a wedding of a 'long time' New Generation Camper and combining the visit with .... yes you guessed it: meeting friends. So exciting!
One of New Generation's Core Values is to 'intentionally build caring relationships'. We have been doing so over the years and I have found that there is nothing that compares with hearing each other's story, the joys as well as the pain and challenges, and then together trust God for His promises on the way forward. Since this goes straight to the core of our being, a meaningful relationship has developed.
Shared experiences, through the adventure of New Generation Camp, in all its developments and stages, has and continues to have, an amazing impact on our lives. It really is about Kingdom life together, be it in Europe, USA, or wherever in this world. Strengthening each other and living in His victory and thereby 'declaring God's mighty acts'.
To feel welcome, to be made to feel welcome, is a wonderful thing. I do not take it for granted, and actually am pretty sensitive to this privilege. It sure makes a world of difference in one's travels!
The Bible says that ' it is more blessed to give than to receive', and that makes me think.
Many years ago when someone who in my view 'didn't have it' wanted to give me a gift for something I'd done feely and voluntarily I initially refused to accept it. An older brother who observed what was happening rebuked me gently, scolding me for stealing the blessing of the giver. This rebuke has always stayed with me.
Generally I prefer to be on the giving end - after all, it gives you a choice and sense of control, but now, once again, I depend on the generosity of others, and it moves my heart with gratitude and keeps me very humble.
Lord, please bless each person that provides 'welcome' for me, with your abundance!
Yes, my life has changed. Since May 1, no longer the day-to-day responsibilities of running New Generation! For the first in many years, I am going to taste Summer in Holland and the UK. I already feel really sentimental about it. Flat land, cycling roads, cows galore, flowers in everybody's garden, the smells and the colours, and then to meet friends and family I haven't seen for so long.........
In April I (Judith Dixon) was given the honour of serving as Co-Master of Ceremony for the Christian Camping Worldwide Summit in South Africa. In attendance were 80 camping leaders representing 26 countries. With so much wisdom in one place, I was able to benefit from the ideas and experiences of others whether these were shared in sessions or in one-on-one conversations.