“It’s never too early to think about what kind of parents you want to become.”
Core Values for Life holds bi-weekly video conference calls for college and young professionals to explore topics on the qualities essential to raising a healthy God-centered family. In the most recent call held on April 1, CVL participants posed the question, “What kind of parents do you want to become?”
Being a parent also means being a leader. Parents set the tradition and culture for their children and family, showing how important it really is to think about what kind of lifestyle you want to demonstrate for your kids. “When you’re thinking about becoming a parent, you often think about what not to do as a parent,” shared one young mother, “But as you become a parent, you realize you’ve inherited habits from your parents. It really is an uphill battle to change things.”
Everyone on the call agreed that education for family life starts young, even from birth. The process of growing oneself is continuous. “Kids eventually realize that their parents aren’t perfect,” said a young father, “Therefore, I agree, I’d rather be a father that constantly strives to continue growing. I’m also trying to get my kids excited when they make a lot of effort. Trying hard is more important than being lucky or just being talented.”
One young man still looking forward to married life expressed the gratitude he felt to his own parents, “My father made me feel responsible for my life of faith. He didn’t cram anything down my throat. He somehow stimulated my own sense of responsibility. That’s something I appreciate and would like to inherit from him; the ability to give space and the appropriate time to develop.”
This energizing video call on parenthood brought together young people from all stages of family life. The diverse participating audience ranged from single to engaged, married, expecting and already-parents of young children.
Family Peace Association believes marriage is a blessing from God that grants couples the gift of co-creation with God as they build God-centered families by bringing new life into this world. Learn more about FPA’s education and programs on Marriage and Family.
Leadership Task Force (LTF) provides opportunities for young adults to practice and develop leadership skills that continually benefit the people they serve. Service projects are a major component of helping LTF participants reflect on their own spiritual growth and put their determinations into action.
In December 2016, LTF went to Nepal to perform a series of service projects. Namsik Yoo from the United States shared his reflection on fundraising to prepare for the service trip.
“What I realized when preparing for all the activities is that none of this is prepared or realized for my own sake or for the sake of our LTF team. But, LTF came here, I came here, for a purpose greater than ourselves or myself. For some reason, this point kept coming into my mind whenever I was preparing for each activity and whenever we were wrapping up each activity. I realize that the reason was that before coming to Nepal, what I or what my team members would constantly emphasize whenever fundraising or when we would plan our activities, is that everything we are doing is for the sake of Nepal.
Whenever I was going through a hardship during fundraising, I would always tell myself to think about the children who are waiting for us in Nepal. Whenever planning out the activities with my team members, I would keep asking myself, ‘What do the Nepali people need?’ Hence, if I had just gone to Nepal with everything already prepared and I had not done anything before coming, then there would be nothing I could offer besides small external service work and making friends. Most importantly, without the internal preparation, I would not be able to contribute in allowing the people we meet to feel any sort of transformation. The fundraising that we did was not just simply raising money to support the activities we will be doing in Nepal, and the project planning was not just simply organizing the activities, but this was a process of setting jungsung for something greater than ourselves.” -NAMSIK YOO, USA
“I felt like a new bud, pushing and fighting to break the surface of the soil and springing up, refreshed and alive.”
Hikers overlook Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington state
Hiking in nature is one of the most challenging and satisfying ways to learn more about yourself and others and tune in to our purpose as God’s creation.
Gratitude and adventure: this is exactly what some young adults of the FPA community in Seattle experienced on their hike to Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington state last weekend.
Organized as a send-off to a beloved sister who would be returning home to Japan after a full year in the Seattle community, the hikers were amazed by the beautiful weather. “It was like this day was made just for her,” said one sister about Misato Matsuoka.
Family Peace Association encourages outdoor adventures like this one because it fosters self-reflection and spiritual growth. When we are freed from the distractions of modern civilization, we are given the opportunity to see ourselves for who we really are, affected equally by nature, no matter our status in society, and think deeply about our attitude and goals.
Leadership Task Force (LTF) displayed ownership in living for the sake of others in a series of service projects conducted in Nepal this December. Projects included renovating a local school, providing character education for children, and participating as mentors in a sports festival for the local community. Isul Jimenuz Dure from Colombia shared her moving testimony following her Nepal experience.
LTF 3rd class member from Columbia, Isul Dure, volunteers in women’s education project in Nepal
“What I realized during the volunteering service time was that if I really put all my heart in everything that I do, being a real owner of every single thing, that mindset will turn into my actions, and my actions is something that the people will see and I will be able to transform people’s hearts. In Dhading, I was able to see that, although I wasn’t able to talk so much with the volunteers during the program, as the days went by, I was able to see how they were getting inspired by the fact that people from different countries came to support their country. On the last day, I was so surprised, because one guy told me that he really wanted to make a contribution for other people; that he really wanted to share all that he was able to learn during this time here and that he really wanted to make a change. Those words were so precious to me because, even through small actions, we can start to make a change for the sake of God. Having an ownership mentality is not easy, but I was able to see how much impact it had on the people.” -ISUL JIMENEZ DURE, COLOMBIA
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Photography by: Takae Goto