What I just told your mums...

I just spoke to over one thousand two hundred women and I told them about you.

I thought I better let you all know what I said on our behalf, on behalf of our generation of teens, students and twenty-somethings, since I'm not going to talk behind your back about you!

On Saturday March 1st, I got to do the final talk at a New Wine Women's Day to a big crowd of ladies mainly older than me, mostly our parent's age.

That doesn't normally happen when your job is students, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to pass on a message asking them for help, to help us as one generation to another.

I asked these women to help us create "a new normal" in our church culture up and down the land. To begin investing in, mentoring, hanging-out with and sharing life with other generations. To release younger leaders even if they've never experienced the same encouragement and release themselves. I told them we didn't want to do life and church family alone or segregated. We want to get to know other ages and life stages and we want to be friends.

Do you agree? Are you happy with what I called these women to begin doing for and with us, even as we reach out to them and do the same?

If you like, I'd love you to listen to my talk and then tell me your thoughts. Also, if you do agree, it'll hopefully make you realise we have a big part to play in creating this "new normal", this culture of honour and encouragement too. No gender, age or life-stage divides, just family.

Have a listen, pass it on to your parents, your mates, and comment below. I hope you feel I represented our generation well, my prayer is that when I am given an opportunity to speak like this, I open up the opportunity for everyone as much as I can.

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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