, Muskogee, OK

January 5, 2013

Ministers group focuses on youth in 2013

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Correspondent

— The Rev. Samuel Craig said there was an unreached group in Muskogee the Muskogee Christian Ministers Union needed to target.

“They’re 18- to 30-year-olds that we never see unless we see them in the paper,” Craig said. “Most of us have experience of what God can do in our lives. We need to share that with them. These young men need hope.”

Craig was one of eight ministers gathered at the Martin Luther King Center on Saturday morning. The ministers gathered together to discuss the events of the upcoming year, and find ways to involve more people in the community.

The Rev. Roscoe Beasley, who is president of the MCMU, led the meeting. He opened with a song, and then a scripture was read from Proverbs, followed by prayer for the city of Muskogee.

Rev. Beasley said they were planning a “Boys to Men” workshop that will take place March 16.

“We want to help develop young men into good men,” Beasley said. “We want to give them the skills to be good husbands and fathers. That’s something that is needed right now.”

The MCMU also plans to hold a prayer gathering about a week before the event where they will pray for the men of Muskogee and the community.

“We want to put it before God and let Him bless it,” Beasley said. “We’re going to try to reach every denomination and get them to bring their young men. We want them to get to a point where their comfort is in God.”

The event will be split into two segments, one for youth ages 12 to 18, and the other for those older than 18. There will be a breakfast and a lunch provided, as well as Christian music relatable to young men.

Julia Palmer, the secretary for the MCMU, pitched in a scripture as the potential theme for the event, from Psalms 78.

“We need to get our young people back into God’s house,” she said. “Many of them have wandered away, and we want to bring them back.”

The MCMU also discussed the Muskogee Martin Luther King Day Parade, which will feature the band from Langston University, a car show, and a “Battle of the Bands” between local school marching bands.

Rev. Craig said all the ministers present have stories to tell that young people in Muskogee could relate to.

“Some of them might be surprised to hear some of the things we’ve gone through,” he said. “But they can see where I was and where I am now and know that there is hope. God took me from that lifestyle, and He can deliver them as well.”