W. D. Tyree Ministries is a tax-exempt Virginia nonstock corporation that has been in existence since July 23, 2002. The corporation is a recognized 501 (c)(3) charitable organization which serves the community by helping parents and churches develop, nurture, and challenge youth, ages 14-19, to faithfully follow Jesus Christ..
Through immersion in an international mission experience, American youth are stimulated along 5 critical areas of growth – confidence, competence, compassion, community, and character. These youth are transformed and empowered to share this life transforming process through the gospel with their peers. These transformed youth provide a model which creates transformation in the lives of unsaved youth. This will over time lead to a reduction in adverse behavior. As youth experience the love of Christ, they see their God given potential and become productive young men and women.
W D Tyree Ministries recognizes its responsibility in helping to develop a new generation of world leaders. To accomplish this, the ministry seeks to develop, nurture, and challenge youth in 5 critical areas of growth:
Confidence – W D Tyree Ministries recognizes that Christian youth have the gift of the Holy Spirit and can be used by Him for God’s glory. We seek to build and nurture confidence in the lives of Christian youth.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
I learned what character means through my experience with W D Tyree Ministries. My group was asked to spend a week doing missions but without any electronic distractions – no cell phones, ipods, DVD players, etc. I did not like the idea but thought it would be ok since no other group participating in this mission opportunity would have electronic devices. What our group soon realized was that out of the 400 teens participating in missions, our group was the only group that had these electronic restrictions imposed. Why? Was our group leader being mean? No, he was testing our character. He was helping me discover “why” I do what I do. Sadly enough, I disappointed my group leader, my group, but most of all myself. I have learned that being trustworthy is more important than getting away with doing something wrong.
Children are a product of their environment and teenagers are no exception. If they are subject to a hostile living environment where profanity is being used, shouting is always the way of communication or if there are issues of violence; then the teen is learning that these are the appropriate ways to deal with aggression.
This may not be the case in every situation. It could also be the teen is going through a rebellious phase.
There is a difference between anger and aggression. Anger is being upset and aggression is acting out violently. The most important thing that needs to be done is finding out the root to the problem and why the teen has so much aggression. Fear, guilt, betrayal, insecurity, deep rooted anger or a chemical imbalance are a few reasons for the aggressive behavior.