One final component of Gen Joshua is the Benjamin Rush Awards Program. Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, established the first Bible society in America and helped found five colleges. There's nothing like the challenge of a little competition to motivate teens, and the awards program offers scholarships to Patrick Henry College.

Teen members accumulate points by recruiting new members, registering new voters, taking quizzes online, writing letters to the editor and volunteering for political campaigns.

The times can certainly be discouraging, and many an individual with an activist's heart has grown discouraged when there seemed to be no like-minded patriots. It's easy to fall victim to doubt, thinking, "I'm only one person. What can one person do?" The fact is, one person can do a lot. Generation Joshua is proof that activism starts with an individual who wants to have a positive impact on our culture.

Randall Murphree, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is editor of AFA Journal, a monthly publication of the American Family Association. This article appeared in the

September 2004 issue.

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