Friend, let me be honest here. It's 3:01am - Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012 - I can't get to sleep. Many times I just feel like giving up and throwing in the towel because no one seems to care. Since I founded Dare 2 Be Different International - www.d2bdifferent.com in June 2008 until now, I have been bursting with ideas to help our young people in St. Kitts - Nevis, empower our young people in St. Kitts - Nevis and show them that there is HOPE. Sadly, those who can help are not helping.
Why should I be shocked anyway? Wasn't it the Bible that said in Mark 6:4 that A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. (This is enough evidence to go somewhere else where I can setup and get support - So I'm going to do it)
As I type, I am thinking of a youth organization in the Federation of St. Kitts - Nevis that is making such a local, regional and global impact like us on our youth and I can't find any. God has blessed me with the wisdom, the ideas, the technological skill and know how to empower youth around the world and I am getting no local support. Imagine that - then we say we are ALL FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. How foolhardy! Far from the truth indeed!
No government support. No opposition support. No non-governmental organization support at all. I want to make mention here, that Dare 2 Be Different is only supported by less than FIVE (5) of the poorest people in St. Kitts-Nevis who not just see the work and read the work and hear about what we're doing on Radio, but they go the extra mile to help. These are the folks that make things happen. They don't live in good houses at all, but the little they give makes the difference.
It touched my heart the other day, when one sent 4 pounds of flour to help with our youth event. Then another one gave some tamrinds and sugar and recommended that I get someone to make some tamrind jams to sell and make some money for our ministry. The givers seldom give MONEY, but they find things around that we can use. Dare 2 Be Different isn't about MONEY at all, we believe if people work together the impact would be greater. The non-help / non-support has never stopped us over the 4 years.
As a gospel based ministry, I want to make mention here that no gospel institution in St. Kitts - Nevis has ever released $1 or a pack of rice into the work that we're doing and only a few ever commend or encourage the efforts. I guess I've been in ministry long enough to know about "Jealously in Ministry."
I would take this cry to my grave. "WE MUST WORK TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER IF WE ARE TO MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON OUR YOUTH IN CRISIS."
Dare 2 Be Different doesn't collect dues. We haven't opened our Local Church at Yet, we just keep church online - www.thevictorycentre.com , so we are not supported by Tithes and Offerings either. (By the way, even when we open The Victory Centre in St. Kitts, we WOULD NOT be collecting Tithes and Offerings - We have our other thoughts about how to raise funds for the ministry and we DO NOT want to be named among some of the churches that are milking or swindling their members for their personal gain.)
For the record, no other youth organization in St. Kitts - Nevis and I believe I can safely say - the Caribbean has gone the extra mile to empower and encourage not only young people, but adults too and not only St. Kitts - Nevis citizens, but the Caribbean and the world.
Which other youth organization, started by 4 people under the age of 25 four years ago is doing so much.