Please pray for me today as I deliver the following speech to 50, 3rd-12th graders at a Christian event today. This is my first time doing a speech like this and I am very nervous!

Hello, my name is Jacob Howard. I was raised in a Christian home, but I never let that control what I knew salvation was. Since I was very little my parents taught me that being raised in such a home did not control whether I was saved or not. At the age of 8, I accepted Christ, because I knew what salvation was, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for our sins and that God rose Him from the dead on the third day.

Ever since then, the Bible has captured me completely. When I was 14 I read about a man who gave up his whole life to studying the Old and New Testaments. I was inspired and from there on out I started studying the Bible with a new earnest.

That earnest and studying led me to start up two websites where I recorded my work. Since starting those sites, and talking to the teens of this age, I have noticed a trend: America and her citizens are jumping into a pit of sin. However, today, all of us, have the opportunity to change that.

Never has a better time been offered to the teens of America to make such a change! We have the world at our fingertips, waiting to hear what we have to say. We have everything we need right now at our disposal to reach America for Christ.

It was said, that when Martin Luther King Jr. held rallies, he knew that he won when he saw the youth join his mission. We are the future of America, but we are also the present. We can make an impact today.

Once there were these two twin boys. One was always pessimistic. Nothing was good enough for him and he viewed everything negatively. The other was the opposite, very optimistic. Everything was viewed in a positive light for him.

One year, on the twin’s birthdays, the parents got the pessimistic kid a ton of nice presents. The best toy cars, trains, airplanes. When they watched the kid open them, he would take out each one, look at it then say, “this will break soon.” “The batteries won’t last long on this.”

For the optimistic kid, the parents got him a gigantic box of manure. The boy opened it with a smile on his face and when he saw the manure he started digging through it with his hands. The parents finally stopped him and asked him what he was doing.

The boy looked up and said, “well, with all this manure there’s gotta be a pony somewhere!”

This is the attitude we need when we confront the issue of America. We may not be able to bring America back up, but we can try. If God be for us, who can be against us?

How do we bring about this change in America? We need to impact our communities. These communities can be a group of teens, a group of adults or a mix of both. We need small forces set up in every county of every state to really Reach America.

We need teens and adults, like the ones today, to rise to the call God has given to all the saved: to let Christ live through us and reach the world!

Having heard all of this and from all the other speakers today, you may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know.

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