Young Adult Ministries
Young adulthood is a challenging and transforming stage in life. Much can be gained by reaching out to young adults and by speaking truth into their lives at this crucial time. On WGM fields, young adult ministry includes outreach to college students, discipleship groups, and other ministries that are geared toward young men and women. The term “young adult” is fairly fluid, and ministries focused on this people group may reach out to individuals from a broader range of ages.
The Dignity Project: An Example of Young Adult Ministry
When missionary Jade Metz first traveled to Uganda in 2014 with her husband, Nathan, and four children, she knew that she would be caring for her children but had no idea of the ministry that God would give her. Jade has been passionate about Uganda since adopting her son and one daughter there, but once she realized the struggles that Ugandan women face during monthly menstruation, she knew that she had to do something.
For many women and girls in Uganda, disposable sanitary products are simply not affordable. The alternative is not good: old pieces of clothing, crushed leaves, or nothing at all.
“This causes many young girls not to attend school, and women in nearby villages are forced to go into the bush during their menstruation. Can you imagine? These women have been stripped of their dignity during their monthly menstruation. They shoulder fear, worry, shame, and some are even outcast,” shared Jade.
In August of 2015, Jade shared her idea of reusable sanitary pads with the followers on her blog, and The Dignity Project was born. Church groups and ministry partners all over the U.S. had sewing parties, and the pads were taken to Uganda for distribution.
The Dignity Project has taken reusable pads and underwear to schools, orphanages, prisons, psychiatric institutions, and hospitals. The project introduces healthy hygiene and the message of Jesus Christ to women and girls of all ages.
On one occasion, Jade and her team traveled to Kasese to work with the Chalapi Uganda organization to teach prison inmates and women who have been rehabilitated from prison to make the reusable sanitary pads. A group visited the prison once the ladies from Chalapi learned to make the pads. Many inmates cried with thankfulness when they were given new undergarments, pads, and a hand-stitched cross. Jade shared her testimony with the ladies, explaining that God takes away our shame, and 11 women responded to her invitation to become Christ-followers!
Pray: Pray that all women and girls touched by The Dignity Project—and other young adult ministries—will realize that their true identity and source of worth is in Jesus Christ.
Act: Organize a group to sew the pads for women in Uganda. See this page on Jade's blog for more information.
Share: Download this speaker outline about Young Adult Ministries and share the word!