When a World Champion in Karate speaks, it's from the heart of self defense. Marty Cacavas brought his knowledge and experience regarding self defense and greatness to the young folks at Brothers With A Purpose.
All young people are filled with promise and potential. "Greatness dwells within you!" Marty told the crowd. He gave them tips on what to do in dangerous situations. Avoid crowd fights, make your intentions of non-violence known and fight only when it's the last choice. In our gym we will get quicker in quelling any physical aggressions.
Putting in your time in a jail cell will have an end, even if you're doing life - because life as we know it has an end. You can only have so much security in this world. However, you can have eternal security after you leave this world. "The most important decision you will ever make is accepting Jesus Christ into your life." Marty told the young people. God will lead you in your decision making and give you eternal security. Thanks Marty for your heart. Jesus loves you and so do we.
BWAP is taking the next two weeks off. We're praying about the future. Safety is important. If we can't find enough mentors who will build relationships and help create a mindset of respect and safety in the gym, we will not open.
Last year was our busiest year in terms of collaborative efforts in serving the community. More folks were reached with the love of God through Youth With A Purpose than ever before in our 16 year history. BWAP is one of many YWAP Programs. The Brothers With A Purpose Mentoring Program received less financial support than ever before. That has caused a shortfall of $700 in our rent budget. Yes, we pay rent for the space we use that is run by volunteers. We will not open until we create a business model that will keep young people safe and cover the costs of doing ministry. We appreciate your input.