Hello friends! My name is Valerie. I’m 12 years old and in grade nine at the Babcock University High School. I live with my mama and my cousin Tobi. Someday, I hope to become a medical doctor or a journalist.
I’m a shy person and don’t have the courage to talk to people I don’t know. I also love to read and listen to mission stories. I often wondered how I could overcome my shyness so that I could share my favorite stories with others.
Imagine my excitement when I learned that Tobi and I would be hosts of a radio program called Be to Be! It’s one of our Adventist Youth Ministry outreach programs to share a message of hope with the children living in the towns near our school.
I immediately knew that God had a plan for me. He knew that with my shyness, it would be difficult for me to reach out to others. But He gave me a chance with Be to Be. I could share Jesus without facing my listeners.
Tobi and I help plan topics for the program that we think will interest people. Then, as we prepare each program, we look to see what the Bible says about these topics and pray that God will help us say the right things to touch people’s hearts. Working with Be to Be has helped me read my Bible more and grow closer to God.
Tobi, why don’t you tell our friends a little more about Be to Be?
Hi, my name is Oluwatobiloba (pronounced olu- wah-to–be-law-ba), which means “God is great” in my native language, Yoruba. My friends call me Tobi.
I’m eight years old and I’m in grade three. I love to listen to mission stories, play drums, and do other fun things such as playing ball.
When I was asked to be a host for Be to Be, I was really excited. It’s not only a lot of fun, it helps us reach people for Jesus who might not be reached in any other way.
For example, some of the people in town still hold on to their old way of life. Occasionally, they have festivals on Saturdays when only the dads and boys can come outside their homes. The moms and girls can’t go to church. Our radio program is the perfect way to reach those who are forced to stay inside.
I believe that God is using Valerie and me to help Babcock University reach those who don’t know Jesus. It makes me happy to see people have hope in Jesus and give up the things that make them scared.
Our Adventist Youth Ministry group doesn’t have a place to worship together or meet for youth programs, but the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will help us build one.
It will be large enough so we can invite all the new friends we’ve made through Be to Be and give us a place to meet so we can strengthen the impact of our radio program.
Valerie and I would like to ask you to please support this project. Thank you!