Somebody Dial 911!


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Intersection includes complete resources for teaching both younger and older youth, including learner’s materials, teaching guides, and handouts. The teaching guide is options-based, so teachers can customize sessions to match their favorite approach.

“Somebody Dial 911!”

“Somebody dial 911!” More than a mimicked line from a television reenactment, this call for help is the plea of many a teenager. Today’s youth seem to be confronted by a great deal of crises. This unit is not designed to soothe the pain of every young person who has encountered family problems, undergone a traumatic experience, been lonely, or felt stressed. The hope is that important issues will be raised, that youth might realize that there are caring adults they can trust, and that a seed might be planted whereby a teenager is motivated to seek advice for problems they or a close friend might be facing.

Session one highlights the refuge and protection mentioned in Psalm 61. Like many young persons, the psalmist seems to be searching for a safe place, perhaps to sort out the issues that assail him from all sides. Teenagers in today’s world face very difficult circumstances and situations, and when home is an unhappy, or even terrible place to be, life can be all the more burdensome. The caring adults of a church’s youth ministry can provide refuge for youth who face uncertain times in their family life.

In session two, we discover that Psalm 142 applies to many youth crisis situations because it is the prayer of one who feels as if he is suffering alone. It might be appropriate to call the psalm “The Lament of a Teenager.” Some youth experience a crisis and almost immediately ask for help. Other teens, though, remain silent about their pain or choose to share it only with a close friend. This session guides youth to consider traumatic situations they or their friends have experienced and to recognize the availability of support, guidance, and assistance.

Session three helps teenagers realize that even in the loneliest of moments, we are not truly alone. Psalm 139:1-18 confesses that God has been present with us since our formation in the womb, that God is always with us, and that God is always near us. God has been, is, and always will be a stable, ever present, and loving force in our lives.

In session four, we note that the story of Martha and Mary is a relevant one for busy, stressed teenagers. Luke 10:38-42 isn’t simply about fighting over who gets to be with Jesus and who has to do the work. This passage deals with setting priorities and the ability to recognize genuine value. Determining what is most important is an ongoing task of daily life. This session helps teens reflect on their busy lives and consider which activities mean the most.

Young people sometimes struggle to understand the difficulties of life. In the midst of a crisis, many youth long to feel connected with something or someone who cares. There’s no better group to help teenagers ask difficult questions, express their fears, and find support than a trusted faith community. As caring Christian adults, we can offer the hope, care, and presence of God.

by Wanda Kidd

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