Young World Changers
Kids are never too young to make a difference.
At the age of 9, Dylan Mahalingam became one of the founders of Lil’ MDGs, an organization that seeks to use the Internet as a means to engage and to familiarize kids with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. His organization was able to mobilize millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers for relief efforts across the globe. He also became one of the United Nations’ youth speakers.
On the other hand, at the age of 8, Ryzza Mae Dizon a.k.a. Aleng Maliit entertained and captured the hearts of the Filipino masses all over the nation. She was able to host her own show, star in several movies, and even appear on billboard advertisements at such a tender age.
Her animated behavior and antics brought laughter and smiles to people from Batanes to Jolo. Today, Ryzza Mae is one of the Philippines’ most famous personalities.
Dylan and Ryzza are just two examples of kids who have influenced society at a very young age.
Kids have the capacity to change the world. They can set an example for others to follow. This is one of the reasons why we believe that it is not too early to disciple kids. Kids do not have to wait until they are in their teens or even older to know God, grow spiritually and even share the Gospel.
At Victory, the primary avenue for discipleship is through what we call the Victory Group. It is where God-honoring and meaningful relationships are developed. A Victory Group usually meets every week to discuss God’s Word and pray. There are Victory Groups specifically designed for kids.
In these particular Victory Groups, kids are able to grow in their love and relationship with God and with other kids. They are being trained to honor God and make disciples at a young age. They are also being equipped to make a difference in this generation and the next.
Cheska, one of the hundreds of kids who are currently part of a Victory Group at Victory U-Belt, is also making a difference at the age of 11. Blessed by God with a strong inclination in Science, Cheska had the opportunity to represent her school in the regional level of a science quiz bee.
Cheska also wrote two articles for Junior Inquirer.
Despite the achievements she reached at her age, she humbly gave all the glory to God.
In fact, in a letter Cheska wrote to her Kids Church teachers, which included her Victory Group leader, she expressed her gratitude towards those who discipled her, acknowledging that God deserves the glory.
Truth is, discipleship is not just for adults. But it is for kids, too.
There is no minimum age requirement in honoring and knowing God. Being young is not an excuse to be exempted from discipleship. God wants kids to know Him and understand how much He loves them. Kids can be used by God as channels of blessing to their families, friends, classmates, teachers and more.
As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:12,
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”