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When my congregation celebrates confirmation, I can’t help but reflect on my confirmation Bible verse. It’s a verse that holds special meaning and guidance in my life.

That guidance is so important for Christian young people today. This month’s “Free in Christ” looks at how congregations and parents are preparing young people for lives of faith and service through confirmation classes. “Parent conversations” continues the discussion, reflecting on how confirmation is not the end but just the beginning to a lifelong study of Scripture and walk of faith.

Providing experiences for young adults to put their faith into action right now is another way congregations can equip teens for future involvement in their churches, schools, and communities. See examples from three different ministries.

This month, take an extra minute to reflect on your confirmation verse and thank God for his love and guidance.

- Julie Wietzke, managing editor

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Extending a healing reach to Kenya

The Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM) has had a presence in Africa for more than 60 years—bringing health care and the gospel to the people of Zambia and Malawi. Altogether, the permanent, national-run clinics in those countries see about 70,000 patients each year. This year, CAMM—in partnership with the One Africa Team, WELS Christian Aid and Relief, and the Lutheran...
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