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recounted to those of a younger generation,
There is a great deal of discussion about the
those stories sometimes seem to be nothing
different generations living simultaneously
more than historical tales from the distant
in the world. The GI Generation, Silent
past. Generation, Baby Boomer Generation,
Generation X, Millennial Generation,
Second, information obtained by the hearer
and Generation Z all have their unique
is often perceived as not relevant. When
characteristics. Generally speaking, it is the
an older person gives a life lesson, it is
responsibility of older generations to equip
sometimes regarded as being
and prepare both present
beneficial to others but not
But ye are a chosen
and future generations
generation , a royal necessarily helpful the to lesson. the
for living productive
one hearing
lives. There is much to priesthood, an holy nation, Other times, the truth being
be learned from older
a peculiar people; that ye taught is considered as
generations as they reflect should shew forth the praises relevant only to those who
on stories from the past. of him who hath called you lived in the past but not to
This should be helpful to
anyone living in the present.

out of darkness into his
younger generations as
marvellous light.

Third, although change
they live present-day life
often becomes necessary
and as they plan for the
(1 Peter 2:9—emphasis added)
as truth is presented, many
future. However, effective
listeners refuse to make changes because
communication between generations can
they feel a response is not required.

be extremely challenging
Some believe everything will eventually
when discussing the past,
work out no matter the path chosen. They
present, and future. Why is
feel that although something is true for
it often difficult for current
everyone else, it is not necessarily true for
generations to understand,
them. Sadly, many assume their actions
learn from, and/or accept
and responses have very little—if any—
those of earlier generations?
effect on the future.

First, younger generations
So how does all of this relate to missions?
sometimes view the stories
All human beings are part of a particular
told by older generations as
generation based on the time of their
not real or exaggerated
physical birth. However, because of
at best. Those who have
David H. Snyder
seen the horrors of war or
their spiritual birth, believers are part
President/General Director
lived through the difficulties of the Great
of a spiritual generation—a Chosen
Depression have trouble putting into
Generation. Peter reminds us that as part
words what they saw and endured. When
of that chosen generation, we have been
experiences of extreme circumstances are
given the responsibility of showing forth
Number 3, 2017