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A Cowboy’s Faith: Rural-oriented youth groups offer untapped opportunities

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Young people are busier than they’ve ever been since the beginning of time.”

There’s always something going on with school, athletics, work, church, parties, and the list continues. That’s all positive, enjoying life and learning about so many useful opportunities now and for years ahead.

Expressing a serious personal prejudice, a number of adolescents are missing what two major longtime rural-oriented youth groups offer. Membership has declined in 4-H (head, heart, hands, heath) and FFA (Future Farmers of America) through schools’ vocational agriculture curriculums.

Despite the vast experiences youth are already privileged with, these two groups present more unique involvements for increased life skills. While both youth groups were initially rural-oriented, that is far from all that they now have available. Membership in the organizations exceed the multiplicities of agriculture, homecare, family living, production, and trade skills. However, each of those enjoyable educational connections can be and are included in the vast privileges of both associations.

Seemingly most people, youth, and adults, have a dislike for public speaking, managing finances, and writing down thoughts. It’s an automatic turnoff for the two rural-oriented youth groups being discussed because those are their three most basic emphasis.

Young people learn to speak their thoughts and opinions in a public setting. Many adults are unable to express viewpoints due to lack of learning the basic skills.

Sad but true, many in the world don’t understand bookkeeping partially because they’re unable to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. With poor records, their income is often high, but they never have any money. They can’t keep track of what’s coming in and where it’s all going, often on the most wasteful purchases.

With computers and cellphones, there are many who cannot write a complete sentence, let alone an important document. Even worse, certain people cannot sign their own name. They make an “X” when authorizing business dealings, a customary practice early last century still present today.

There have been in-depth discussions about why participation in rural-oriented youth groups continues downward. Not only are the basic life skills included in the organizations’ opportunities, but there are nearly endless other developable options. Added to this, major financial assistance and participation in worldwide enjoyable educational activities can be earned.

Reminded of Romans 8:1: “Everything we think, say, and do as a group stands on firm foundation.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.




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