The Apostle Paul in the pages of the New Testament advises that the older women have a responsibility to the younger women to train and teach them for the future. These household codes were taken very seriously by the women of the first century who saw their role as being critical to the raising and rearing of the next generation that would insure that a Christian witness would be maintained.
It appears that the message of Paul has not fallen on deaf ears in this generation. First Lady Michelle Obama made news this week independent of her husband and the world of politics, when she launched a mentoring program that would give girls access to women at the White House.
According to the news website BlackVoices.com, Thirteen of the girls joined the first lady and 18 White House staffers, including advisers Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes, in the State Dining Room to kick off the program, which Mrs. Obama said was one of her top goals on becoming first lady.” reports blackvoices.com. With the target of the program being Washington, DC the obvious benefactors to the initiative will be African American young women.
With a voice that obviously filled with emotion, the First Lady went on to say how important she felt this effort is. “We thought, what can we do to make the White House different, to make kids in our own new neighborhood know that the White House is a place for them?” she said.
The program is aimed at 10th and 11th grade girls from both public and private schools in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The program is hoping to inspire the participants in the initiative by giving them access to accomplished women.
In speaking to the girls in attendance, the First Lady advised them that the program is not a one way street. “We have some expectations from you as well,” Mrs. Obama told the students. “That when you get to this position in your life that you do the same thing for somebody else.” told the young ladies.
The White House Reports that a similar program for boys is also in the works.
Source: Gospel Today Magazine