Ministry Takes on 'Broken' Teens Epidemic

"Look at Facebook. It's come to the point where ... how many friends can you really have and is it just becoming 'social' and 'shallow' to where it's just numbing to any true dialogue or really sharing any true feelings? At that point when you have 1,500 friends, at least in my opinion, you start to be afraid of sharing too much truth because you don't know them all. When they come to our site, it is a tighter knit community," he said.

According to Brinson, his ministry's goal is to never have a prayer that doesn't get a response

"We have built up a structure where millions of kids are posting and praying and encouraging each other, building this community of affirmation," he reported.

"I don't want to make any guarantees but I believe that soon ... that a kid's going to wake up on a day that it got bad and might be suicidal and all of a sudden there's five emails in his inbox."

Other than the prayer wall, the ministry isn't overtly Christian with counselors telling youths that they need to know Jesus.

But Brinson noted, "If they don't know Christ, we absolutely want to say that ultimately that (Christ) is the only answer for you."

The ministry was founded on the scripture Psalms 34:18: "The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

"It's almost a missional scripture for us," Brinson noted. "I believe he's even nearer to the brokenhearted."

My Broken Palace partners with other ministries and churches to spread awareness and to train pastors to be able to deal with the issues teens face.

For the most part, the Church is not equipped or even fully understanding of the issues, Brinson noted. At the same time, teens are not telling their peers or pastors the truth about their struggles because they're afraid of being labeled and are just trying to fit in to their youth group.

Nevertheless, churches need to see the reality of what's going on with today's youths.

"If we don't focus on the well-being of our future generations, we're in serious trouble," he warned.

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