Elder Aaron Skyers investing in the youth
Passley Gardens, Portland:
Leadership is a huge responsibility, especially when it has to do with 'feeding the flock', and Elder Aaron Skyers has admitted that his role, though challenging, is a rewarding one.
Skyers, who grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, is a servant of God and a no-nonsense person. And despite his jovial attitude, he is firm on serving his Maker and King.
His Christian roots, which he said has assisted him greatly, especially during the period of adversities, has left many wondering how is that he is able to smile in just about every situation.
"There was a time when I was very aggressive," commented Skyers. "However, one day it dawned on me that being a child of God, persons must be able to see and tell the difference, as my lifestyle and disposition have reflect my relationship with Jesus Christ. And so I awoke from a life of aggression to a life of joy and peace. I have also developed an excellent relationship with the young people at Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church."
According to Skyers, relating to teenagers and adolescents at his church is a very important step, as it opens up an avenue wherein they are able to express themselves and relate their challenges to a listening ear, who will be their adviser, mediator, and confidante.
Continuing, Skyers said, "The youth are the future, and very soon others, including me, would have aged significantly. We have to ensure that these youth are groomed properly and adapt to the Christian values and attitudes without chasing them away or condemning them. We have to remember also that there was a time, not too long ago, when we, too, were children.
"The culture has changed in Jamaica, and many of our children are exposed to new and graphic things. They need to be guided carefully, but more important, they need to be understood."
Today Skyers, at just about every opportunity, can be seen sitting and conversing with the young people in his community, who, from all indication, have begun to open up to him. Many display confidence in his ability to provide them with answers to their questions and challenges.