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World Youth Skills Day
On July 15 we recognize World Youth Skills Day. According to the United Nations, “there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population.” The youth play a huge role in creating and maintaining stable societies and sustainable development, but they’re also thrice more likely to be unemployed compared to adults. They’re more vulnerable to lower quality and insecure jobs, and to inequality in the marketplace. This is why it is important for youth to have access to additional skills training and vocational education. CBM works with many marginalized youths globally. One project area is India, where CBM and its partners help youth through tutoring and additional skills training. Pray for youths all over the world, that they may have opportunities that will lead to better futures. Pray for a burden for the youth to grow in the hearts of many.
Jonathan is CBM’s Senior Associate for Theological Integration and provides direction on the integration of theology and practice through writing, teaching, training leaders and speaking. Pray for guidance and for insight as Jonathan writes material to be used by CBM and partners in Canada and around the world. Pray for continued good health in the demands of his travels, and for humility to hear and learn from God as he interacts amongst people around the world.
Bruno and Kathleen Soucy
Bruno and Kathleen Soucy are CBM’s Latin America Team Leaders supporting field staff, church partners and programs in Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. They aim to develop sustainable growth and transformational impact in communities in Latin America through local churches. They also would like to see developing mission efforts and church engagement growth through SENT teams and local partnerships. Please pray for the Soucys’ colleagues in Latin America – that they would impact, listen closely and respond well to expressed concerns and needs of partners and individuals that the team connects with. Pray for peace and justice in the countries where CBM is present as most are facing elections – a ripe time for upright leaders but also opens opportunities for corruption and violence, which most often hurts the vulnerable and marginalized. Pray for Kathleen and Bruno as they settle into their new place, that they make new personal and work relationships, and represent CBM and Canadian Baptist churches in Latin America. Pray also for the families the Soucys left behind in Canada.