Youth minister challenges young men at annual conference in Britain



THANK YOU MINISTER – Founder of Reach Out Youth Organization, Dudley Seide (right) introduced Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Mario Bowleg with a plaque in appreciation for the Minister’s speech at the 15th Annual Boys to Men Conference on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Tabernacle Baptist Church. (BI Photos/Andrew Miller)



FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Mario Bowleg challenged a church full of boys and young men: “You could be a thermostat, or you could be a thermometer. A thermostat controls its environment and a thermometer adapts to its environment. So the question is, which one will you be?

At the opening of the 15th Annual Boys to Men Conference, held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Minister Bowleg told the boys gathered for the conference that they had the power to determine their destiny and have a say in what happens to them in their lives.
He reminded them that every decision they make in their life will determine their future, no matter if those decisions are good or bad. As the youth minister warned the boys and young men that their future is in their hands, he reminded them that God also has a role to play in that future.

The minister encouraged the boys and young men not to be discouraged even when doors or opportunities have closed in front of them. These times, he said, are sometimes God’s way to lead in the right direction.

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ADDRESS CONFERENCE – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Mario Bowleg was the special guest speaker at the 15th Annual Boys to Men Conference on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Tabernacle Church. Minister Bowleg told the boys and young men that their future was in their hands.



“Don’t be discouraged, because that’s life. It means you will end up where you are meant to be, not where you want to be.

“You have to understand and know your purpose in life,” said Minister Bowleg. “If you do not understand and know your purpose in this life, then my brothers, you will never know where you are going.

“Understanding your purpose in life is knowing where your passion lies and what you do best. Whether you are an artist, a musician, an athlete, good at mechanics, carpentry, whatever it is, a once you understand your purpose, you will live a full life.

He noted that the conference was on the right track to help address some of the issues and concerns young men in the country face on a daily basis. This year’s conference featured other speakers including Norris Bain, assistant director of sports in the northern Bahamas; Mr. Dudley Seide, Jr., of Gateway Church in Bimini and Calvary Temple Youth Pastor, Pastor Bruce Russell.

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