Although she has worked with youth for many years, Pastor Ellen Peguero of the Frank Sound Chapel Church of God has an extreme passion to change this generation with the love of Jesus by creating something that would impact the lives of Cayman young people – the completion of a multipurpose youth hall.
“We look at it as a tool to reach out to the young people in our community,” said Ms Peguero, retelling the story of a young man who once told her he loved to play pool but the only place to do so was at the bar and not in a Christian environment.
“Yes! I am making a sales pitch in getting the youth centre completed so that our children can have wholesome fun activities in a Christian atmosphere,” she said. “We need some $175,000 to complete the building with another $250,000 needed to outfit it with the necessary equipment.”
The vision of the centre has been in the works for many years. The congregation broke ground for the building in 2005. With 16 acres of land nearby, the plan is to incorporate the existing church building into one big facility for the youths.
“Fusion Youth Facility Centre is designed with children in mind. There will be computers, pool dominoes, ball games, arcades and much more. The days are passed of being concerned of what we are wearing but where we are going,” said Ms Peguero.
Sometime ago, when the building was started, Pastor William Peguero said it was an accomplishment worthy of celebration that a youth hall was being constructed in the district. He also spoke of the influences that youths in the society are exposed to and the much-needed facility will strengthen the community.
To tap into the next generation of worshippers during child month, members of the church hosted a community family fun day for families to enjoy a day of socialising and games.
Members of the congregation gave the reins of the church over to the youths and from the looks of it this group of young people is ready to take charge in spreading God’s word.
Youth Brother O’Neal Hall, visiting from Jamaica, had adults and children’s attention with his empowering message “Where is my Mommy”. “Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will not fall,” he told the youths as he encourage adults to rebuild the family altar at home through prayer; not only by praying for children but praying with them.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” said Cayman Islands Cabinet Minister Mike Adam.
As a child, he said spiritual lessons taught him some of life’s most valuable principles – all of which he still stands by today.
Congratulating members on taking the initiative to getting more involved in helping to raise children with strong Christian values and wholesome activities, Mr. Adam wanted to learn more about the fusion youth centre.
“This year’s child month theme, ‘educate, motivate and advocate for all children’ perfectly describes the responsibility we have as adults in the lives of children and although it can be a demanding role, it is certainly a rewarding one,” he said.
The Cabinet minister reminded parents to re-commit to spending time with young children before they grew into more independent individuals as it was these small, daily connections that bring loved ones together and teach us family values.
“The youth services in Frank Sound is vibrant attracting young people from as far as West Bay,” said James Myles, of the government’s Children and Family Services agency’s youth unit.