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GenJ Clubs: Being salt and light

This year, Generation Joshua began launching GenJ Clubs across the country with two main purposes: prayer for our nation and involvement in local civic and political activity.

I Timothy 2:1-2 says, "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." If we desire to see positive change in America, we must first pray for our leaders and our country. God assures us in II Chronicles 7:14, "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." If we want to see a culture in America in which life is protected, traditional marriage is held sacred, and the right to homeschool is guarded, then we must pray for our nation.

Secondly, and just as importantly, there must be action to go with the prayer—what good is faith without action? John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "I conjure you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act."

With dozens of clubs now in existence across the nation, GenJ Clubs are already starting to positively impact their communities. This past April, the marriage amendment in Kansas (which called for the protection of traditional marriage between one man and one woman, and also dealt with civil unions) passed with 70% of the vote. However, in Sedgwick County (essentially Wichita and its suburbs), the vote was not so certain the week before. The GenJ Club in Sedgwick organized nearly 70 volunteers and walked to over 10,000 homes in one week, encouraging people to vote "Yes" for marriage. The amendment passed with 70% of the county's vote.

Ned Ryun (in white GenJ T-shirt) visits the Sedgwick County, Kansas, GenJ Club in October 2005. The club has grown from 5 to over 20 members in the last six months.

Brittany Barden, the Sedgwick club president, said, "The club has offered me an opportunity to learn how to be an active participant in our government, and to get to know others who have the same passion for our country that I do."

Recently that same club, taking its goal of being salt and light in the community even farther, helped a single mother of three paint and organize her house.

In August, the GenJ Club in Merced County, California, organized a demonstration of over 100 people to protest the building of a Planned Parenthood clinic next to Merced High School. Nathan Timmerman, a 15-year-old member of the club, stood before the city council and told the council members: "We have reviewed the local Planned Parenthood controversy and we have concluded that Planned Parenthood is unhealthy and morally detrimental to the community." Although the issue is not resolved, the young members of this GenJ Club are taking a stand and fighting for life.

Imagine hundreds, if not thousands, of GenJ Clubs like these across the country, filled with young people praying for their nation and putting their faith into action: America could not help but be changed for the better. If you are interested in starting a GenJ Club in your community, visit Generation Joshua at or email