Many Christian teens in Iowa don’t know or don’t always remember Whose they are, as God’s Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-29: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”
Instead, they are tempted to believe society’s misleading messages about sexuality communicated through advertising, music, movies and television and choose to engage in early, dangerous and promiscuous sexual activity. This has resulted in a multitude of devastating consequences such as unplanned pregnancy (one out of every three babies born in Iowa today is born to an unwed mother), sexually transmitted disease (more than 4,082 cases of chlamydia or gonorrhea are diagnosed in Iowa teens between the ages of 15–19 each year), abortion (more than 6,000 abortions happen each year in Iowa), lack of respect for marriage, hopelessness about their prospects for a happy, lifelong marriage and complex issues related to guilt and shame.
Lutheran Family Service developed the Whose UR program to bring a positive message for a healthy life to young people in our communities, focusing on important topics facing young people today.
In Whose UR, we explore identity, self-esteem and how culture influences who we are and how we perceive and present ourselves.
At this most important time for young people, Dating in the Right Direction takes a look at the positive and negative qualities in dating relationships. Commitment, intimacy and passion are explored, focusing on how they work together to build strong, healthy relationships. By identifying healthy behavior and recognizing red flags, youth are empowered to be successful in dating and to choose safe and healthy partners.
Social Media presentations help young people recognize how the ever-present social media networks can be used in healthy ways, like reaching out to help others, but also teaches how to avoid social media dangers like bullying and inappropriate content.
As young people continue to experience Drama in Friendships, this presentation helps them understand why volatile relationships are so prevalent and construct strategies and tools to cope with drama when it can’t be avoided.
If you are interested in bringing one or more of these Whose UR youth programs to your congregation or community, contact Lutheran Family Service now.
Looking for a Whose UR program in your area? Take a look at our events page.
You helped me know that God created me for a purpose.