Editor’s Note: This article will be divided into several sections to be published in the newspaper. Visit harrisondaily.com if you would like to read it in its entirety. Jordan Whitmer will be the guest speaker at First Baptist Church of Harrison on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.
Jordan Whitmer, founder of the HowToLife Movement, and a graduate of Harrison High School hosted a virtual banquet last week to give an update on the global ministry and ask for prayer support for the upcoming events around the world.
Whitmer thanked those on the Zoom call for caring about Gen Z and future generations
As a 16 year old junior in high school, Whitmer and three other teens sat around a kitchen table to talk about how they could reach the teenagers at Harrison High School. The group continued to grow and prayerfully they hosted the first #HowToLife Rally.
“We were very passionate about the event being led by youth for youth. 750 people attended the first event and 75 came forward for salvation. It was a very powerful event. Now God has allowed it to grow and we’ve hosted 125 events in 25 US states and six countries. The story keeps growing and lives are changing."
Whitmer defined the Gen Z group as people born between 1997 to 2012. “We originally aimed for teenagers, but now we’ve expanded to students in their 20s,” he said.
The young people who shared their testimony on the call spoke of their heart to reach their peers. Statistics show this generation has more mental problems, anxiety issues, and thoughts of suicides than previous generations.
Whitmer said, “In the US only four percent of Gen Z hold to a Biblical worldview. Our heartbeat is to minister to this generation who are so broken.”
A HowToLife event was held in New York City in March with 225 in attendance from all five boroughs. Forty young people accepted Christ as their Savior.
Last year the movement held events in Orlando, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; 450 students in Boerne, Texas; and in England. Leadership retreats have been held the last five years and this year they plan to expand the locations and numbers of retreats to Canada, Chicago, Illinois, and the Connecticut area. In January 2023 another training retreat will be held in the United Kingdom.
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