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Korah Trash Dump Landslide

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2017
In the early hours of March 11, 2017, the trash dump at Korah in the capital of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (which can been seen many times in the documentary film, Man Up and Go), gave way and created a landslide of tragic proportion. This trash dump is not just any dump. It's huge, and thousands of people… Read More

So Far in 2017

Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    The first two months of 2017 have been busy and exciting around Man Up and Go.  Below are some of the highlights we can share from January and February, 2017: In January, we facilitated a trip of 19 high schoolers and 4 chaperones to Nicaragua in partnership with a Calvary Christian High School… Read More

2016 in Review

Published on Friday, January 27, 2017
The purpose of Man Up and Go is to fight for the fatherless by restoring families around the globe. While numbers alone do not tell the whole story, we are encouraged to report the following ways we fought on behalf of the fatherless. In 2016, Man Up and Go: Engaged 2165 orphans on short term trips,… Read More

Theory of Change - Educate the Next Generation

Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
(The following blog post by Man Up and Go CEO Jeff Ford is the second in a series of six highlighting our Theory of Change. Read his bio HERE.) “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” In a way only satirist and author Mark Twain could communicate it, I suppose he’s right. Twain’s comment… Read More

Theory of Change - Engage the Fatherless

Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
(The following blog post by Man Up and Go CEO Jeff Ford is the first in a series of six highlighting our Theory of Change. Read his bio HERE.) Over the next few months we will be highlighting our Theory of Change at Man Up and Go, which is a fancy way of explaining how we implement our why. That is,… Read More

What Does Man Up and Go Actually Do?

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
“One of the biggest problems in many poverty-alleviation efforts is that their design and implementation exacerbates the poverty of being of the economically poor – their feelings of inferiority and shame.” – Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts  If you’ve ever read Fikkert’s now-famous little book, When… Read More

Uganda June Trip Recap

Published on Thursday, July 28, 2016
By all accounts, our recent trip to Uganda (June 5 – 17, 2016) was a God-sized success. Not because we are anything, but because we continue to see God move in the hearts and lives of both the people we serve and in our team members. We count it a privilege to be able to serve alongside some of the strongest… Read More

Update from the Field

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016
For the past 10 days, our team in Uganda (link to pics) has been putting in long, hard days in order to share the love of Jesus with the people of Uganda. Some of the highlights from our team leaders on the ground include the following: The men have spoken at three different Man Up Men's Conferences… Read More

Team In Uganda - June 2016

Published on Monday, June 6, 2016
Currently we have a team that just landed in Entebbe, Uganda. These 14 Jesus-lovers will be Manning Up for the next few days days in Kampala, Pallisa, Kibuku Distrct (Mbale), and Jinja.  This trip has become a Man Up and Go staple, and we have some great ministry opportunities lined up for the team.  Over… Read More

Mission Trips with Man Up - 5 Reasons to GO!

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016
(The following blog post is the last in a three-part series written by Man Up and Go Champion Jeff Ford. Read 3 Things to Know Before You Go and 3 Things to Expect from a Short Term Trip for the first two installments of this series.) Once you've sought the face of God and understand your motive for… Read More

Ebenezer Bike Delivery

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
(The following blog post is written by Man Up and Go Champion Jeff Ford; you may read Jeff's BIO HERE.) Recently Man Up and Go had the wonderful privilege of partnering with another non-profit, Bikes 4 Orphans, in delivering 16 brand new bicyles to our friends in Kibuku District, Uganda - Ebenezer Children's… Read More

Man Up and Go in the DR

Published on Monday, April 4, 2016
(The following blog post is written by Mitch Hauschildt; Mitch co-led our team to the Dominican Republic March 6-12, 2016. Read more on Mitch's Bio HERE.) Recently, Man Up and Go sent a mission team to the Dominican Republic (DR) for the first time.  The DR is clearly a beautiful country, filled with… Read More

3 Things to Expect from a Short Term Trip

Published on Monday, March 7, 2016
(The following blog post is the second in a three-part series written by Man Up and Go Champion Jeff Ford. Part one - 3 Things to Know Before You Go - may be found HERE.) After examining the reasons why you might serve on a short term mission trip, and concluding your motive is pure, you'll probably… Read More

3 Things to Know Before You Go

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
(The following blog post is written by Man Up and Go Champion Jeff Ford - read more on Jeff's Bio HERE.) So you’re thinking about going on a short term Christian missions trip? Missionary work overseas - or just being a volunteer locally - is typically the last phase of maturity for a believer in Jesus… Read More

2016 Mission Trips Forming Now

Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
(The following appears in the Jan 19, 2016 Newsletter entitled, 2016 Trips Forming Now! You may view this email newsletter online by going HERE. To receive correspondence from us, please Subscribe HERE.) Happy New Year! It's a new start, a new beginning, and we will all have new opportunities to serve… Read More

The Greatest Need

Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The following blog post is written by Stephen Elder. Stephen went on the first ever Man Up and Go mission trip and serves on the Board of Directors for Man Up and Go. He lives with his wife Wynne in Bryan, TX, and has two beautiful Ethiopian children. Read more about Stephen's bio HERE. "The Greatest… Read More

A Burning World

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015
The following blog post was written by Mark Acre. Mark has gone on multiple missions trips to Africa and currently serves on our Board of Directors. He and his wife Stephanie live in Nixa, MO; they have three children, one of whom they are currently in the process of adopting from China. Read more on… Read More

Men Live in the World, Strong Men Change It

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The following blog post is written by Roger Gibson, Man Up and Go Founder and Visionary. Roger currently serves as the Senior Director of Adult and Family Ministries for the Assemblies of God National Office. He is married to "Kiki" and has three children. Read Roger's bio HERE. He was deemed too short,… Read More

November 2015 Newsletter

Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
(The following appears in our November 2015 Man Up and Go Email Newsletter.  To receive correspondence from us, please Subscribe HERE.) Will You Dance with Man Up and Go in 2016? The above picture was taken from our July trip this past summer. As you can see, Man Upper Jacob is getting down with the… Read More

October 2015 Newsletter

Published on Monday, October 5, 2015
(The following appears in our October 2015 Man Up and Go Email Newsletter.  To receive correspondence from us, please Subscribe HERE.) So much has happened since our original trip in 2011 to #lovebig on orphans in Ethiopia and Uganda. Many of those receiving this email were on that trip, and it changed… Read More

Busy Summer Days

Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
This is a busy season for our ministry.  We have sent 23 people to Africa over two different trips in the last two months; 10 guys are finishing up our initial RAGBRAI missions trip, a 475 mile bike ride across Iowa to bring awareness to the plight of the orphan Man Up style; and we our sending out our… Read More

Stories from Uganda - David

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
(David, Chairman, Golden Investors Club, Jinja, Uganda) Without question, we believe that one of the biggest ways – if not the biggest way – we can impact the next generation is to reach the men. Statistical studies consistently reveal the same findings – a man’s active presence in the home provides… Read More

Stories from Uganda - Jennifer

Published on Monday, June 22, 2015
(Jennifer, in Masese, Uganda)One of the other great stories to highlight from our first foray into Uganda this year is Jennifer’s.  Jennifer is a single mom who, like many women in Masese, faces the daily struggle to provide for her four children who are growing up without Dad in the picture.  In reality,… Read More

Stories from Uganda - Luisa

Published on Friday, June 19, 2015
(Luisa, in Masese, Jinja) There are many stories coming out of the trip our team just finished in Uganda. We hope to share these stories in the coming weeks and months, and would ask that if you feel so led, join us in praying for God to continue to move in the hearts of His children, in whichever continent… Read More

Super Saturday Feeding Program Begins

Published on Friday, June 5, 2015
A man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 This verse is a good one to remember no matter where you are, but especially when you’re an American in Africa. No matter how much calculating, strategizing, or planning you do, one thing is certain – T.I.A. will happen to you. This… Read More

Update on Man Up in Uganda

Published on Saturday, May 30, 2015
At the publishing time of this post, our first Man Up and Go missions team is probably fast asleep after a busy three days in Kampala, Uganda, with Return Ministries leader and pastor, Samuel Bubonero. Tomorrow they make the long bus ride east to Pallisa, where they will be ministering with another Pastor… Read More

Man Up Team Headed for Uganda!

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In just a week from now, the first Man Up and Go team leaves US soil bound for Africa. This will be the 12th trip since a bunch of rag-tag guys back in 2011 decided to make a difference in the world. They grabbed a bunch of like-minded folks, raised support for their trip, and traipsed off to Ethiopia… Read More

Man Up and Go Visionary Speaks Out

Published on Monday, March 2, 2015
(photo credit: PE News)   Many of you know the Man Up and Go movement started back in 2010 when founder and visionary Roger Gibson set out to adopt his beautiful daughter, Zoe.  He caught the vision that God describes through the prophet Isaiah in chapter 1, verse 17: Learn to do what is right! Promote… Read More

Man Up & Go Alumna Helps to Open Health Clinic

Published on Thursday, February 12, 2015
  Short term missions trips aren’t the answer to the world’s problems; as Christians, we know that there is only One answer, and it’s found in the forgiveness offered to us through Jesus Christ. But we have found that short term Man Up and Go missions trip to Africa have indeed either sparked or renewed… Read More

Our African Brothers on the Impact of Man Up

Published on Saturday, January 17, 2015
  Over the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the most amazing partners in Africa.  These pastors and their wives work tirelessly to be “Jesus with skin on,” ministering in whatever ways they can to their communities.     In many African cultures, the church is the center of life… Read More

2014 Man Up Summit Yields Big Future Vision

Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015
  (The Man Up Leadership Team at the 2014 Summit get a look at our YouTube video featuring some of our ministry partners in Uganda.)   The time has come for Man Up to, well, Man Up. 2014 served as one of our most spiritually significant years. During our 2014 trips, which were centered around orphan… Read More

Advent – How the Soul Feels Its Worth

Published on Friday, December 26, 2014
“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining;‘Til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.”   These words in the most famous of Christmas hymns – O Holy Night –  have long been my favorite.   In my opinion, no lyric in all of Christendom adequately captures the great juxtaposition and paradox of the… Read More

How a Missions Trip Changed a Woman’s Life Path

Published on Friday, October 31, 2014
  The past couple of months have been busy ones behind the scenes at Man Up and Go.  In addition to having a 2012 Man Upper, Kenny Xiques, spend time piloting a Men’s Empowerment program in Jinja, Uganda, we’ve seen our first more-than-short-term female missionary also head back to Africa.     Katie… Read More

Bringing People Home

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  Bringing people home is the reason that Pastor Andrew Wakabi gets up every morning. A loving husband, father of young children, graduate student and pastor of a growing church in Jin-ja, Uganda, Andrew has enough items on his plate to keep most men heads spin. But Andrew has a much larger vision for… Read More

Even Travel Days Are Full of Adventure

Published on Sunday, August 3, 2014
  The following blog post was written by one of our trip leaders, Eric, about a day-in-the-life of a Man Up trip to Uganda. Eric is a Sports Physical Therapist from Iowa and went to Africa in 2012 with Man Up.  Here he recounts a travel day during June 2014 trip, as told on his blog, We Were Made 2B… Read More

Vicki’s Man Up Trip Experience: “Stretched”

Published on Friday, August 1, 2014
  The following blog post was written by Vicki, a mother of two and Account Executive at an insurance brokerage in Clearwater, Florida. Vicki came on our May/June trip this year and it was her second time Africa with Man Up. Well, it has been exactly 58 days since my return from my second mission trip… Read More

Peter’s Man Up Trip Experience: “Was It Worth It?”

Published on Saturday, July 19, 2014
  This blog post was written by Peter, a married father of four and General Manager at a concrete production facility in Kansas. He went on our May/June Man Up Missions trip to Uganda.  Here are his reflections of the impact of this trip.   As I have taken the time to reflect on the Man Up trip I finally… Read More

Tyler’s Trip Experience: “Babies Holding Babies”

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  The following blog post was written by a 19-year old student-athlete named Tyler, who accompanied us on our May-June trip. These are his words regarding the impact of a Man Up Missions Trip. I am currently on the last leg of our flight home and with 3 hours of free time to spare I can’t think of… Read More

Man Up Missions Trip Recap

Published on Sunday, June 15, 2014
  This year’s first Man Up team has now been back in the States for a week, and they are settling in after an amazing time in Africa. If you were to ask the leaders the one takeaway from this year’s trip, it would be this: God is more concerned with His plans than our plans. The May 27 – June 7 trip… Read More

Ministry Partner Spotlight: Pastor Andrew in Jinja

Published on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Pastor Andrew with his daughter in 2012Pastor Andrew speaks with Team Leader Mitch after the Men’s Conference in 2013Pastor Andrew and team member Linda share with the women of Masese; these women are a part of the Karamajon tribe located near Pastor Andrew’s churchMan Uppers mingle with the children… Read More

Ministry Partner Spotlight: Pastor Samuel Mwesigwa

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014
Pastor Samuel in his Man Up T-Shirt 2012   Pastor Samuel’s church     1st Man Up Men’s Conference Attendees in front of school building     Children at Pastor Samuel’s orphanage   Read More

Man Up Ministry Focus: Pastor Bubonero Samuel

Published on Sunday, April 6, 2014
One of Man Up’s ministry partners in Uganda is Pastor Bubonero Samuel.  Pastor Samuel is a pastor, orphanage director, community leader and founder of Return Ministries International, based in Kampala, Uganda.(This is Pastor Samuel and his beautiful wife Sarah with a Man Up team member in 2013.)Kampala… Read More

Protect and Love the Fatherless

Published on Sunday, March 2, 2014
  As demonstrated by the shirt in this photo (taken from the banks of the Nile River during our 2013 Man Up Africa Mission trip), Man-Up was born out of a desire to “Protect and Love the Fatherless.”  We have primarily done this by going on mission trips to share the love of our Heavenly Father to children,… Read More

Why I Go...

Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014
Why I go…By summer’s end, Man Up will have sent 11 teams to Africa serving literally thousands of men, women and children since the inception of Man Up in 2011.  This summer will mark my fourth Man Up trip and 3rd as a Man Up leader.Friends, family members, and acquaintances often ask me, “Why do you… Read More

Help the Children of Africa: Man Up and Be a Doer!

Published on Sunday, February 16, 2014
  The pastor at my local church has recently lead us into the book of James.  What an awesome journey!  God speaks (very loudly and clearly to me) through James.  James speaks of being a doer, giving specific instructions about performing works.  I recently heard it said that, “God doesn’t call the equipped,… Read More

Fulfilling Purpose by Manning Up for Orphans

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014
  (Jason Clement with new friends at Return Ministries during Man-Up trip in 2011.) Something odd happened during my morning routine before work the other day:  I was looking in the mirror while adjusting my hair, and I realized that my Dad was staring back at me.  This realization of ‘advancing age’… Read More

International Missions & Orphans: My Story

Published on Monday, February 25, 2013
  I’m a father, husband, son, friend, coach, athletic trainer, orphan advocate, and disciple of Jesus Christ.   I’m the father of 3 beautiful children (Landri – 6, Kyson – 4, Zion – 19 months).  I’m also married to a wonderful woman for the past 10 years who constantly supports and tolerates my crazy… Read More

Man Up for Children in Africa

Published on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
    God’s call to protect and defend the least of these, this is one definition of Man Up.  Who are the least of these?  They are Orphans, widows, the oppressed, the outcast in society, lepers, and the lowest of low.  Our world is home to about 160 Million orphans and around 900 million that lack access… Read More

Caring for Orphans... like Jean Valjean

Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Photo Credit: http://www.lesmiserablesfilm.com/gallery.htmlMy wife and I recently saw the film Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway.I’m a sucker for a sappy story, and Les Mis fits the bill fine.If you’ve seen the play or movie then what I’m about to say won’t surprise… Read More

What It Means to “Man Up”

Published on Saturday, December 29, 2012
  (Man Up in Uganda with the Karamajon people) You’ve heard the term before – “Man Up” means a whole lot of stuff in our culture. It’s been a sitcom, a rap song, a book, a sexual enhancement pill, featured in the NY Times, different variations of ministries; politicians use it, coaches use it, wives… Read More