Feeding Foster Families Report

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Man Up Springfield partnered with Flat Creek’s Chef Paul to provide a deliciously cooked meal to foster and adoptive families in Nixa, Springfield, and Ozark. Families signed up online, and picked up their hot meal at Northpoint Church, Nixa where Man Up Springfield volunteers were there to greet and guide them through the drive-thru. Check out our final report.

COVID-19 Relief for Bay Area Caregivers

BIG shoutout to @RaysBaseball @RaysCommunity for selecting Man Up Tampa Bay as a recipient of the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund COVID-19 Relief Grant.

Foster families and relative caregivers can apply to receive support services funded by this grant on our website here – https://manupandgo.org/local-chapters/florida/. #manup #raysup  

#PRAY127 05.18.20

One of the blessings of the #pray127 initiative is that it has forced me to focus my prayer request for you each week. In reality, there are only a handful of you praying each week – 27 to be exact – and in a human sense, it might be easy to be discouraged about that.

But God doesn’t need an army of His created beings to accomplish His purposes.

  • He used one man to part the Red Sea for a million Israelites.
  • He whittled military personnel of 32,000 down to 300 and led Gideon over the Midianites.
  • He used the prayers of Elisha to send angels on chariots of fire to strike the Syrians with blindness when they laid siege against Israel.
  • He empowered one shepherd boy to defeat an entire army.

And this list goes on.

In this day and age of social media and online influencers, it’s easy to think that we must have an army of “followers” to complete our mission. But the reality is that God has always worked with a remnant – that is, a faithful few. If you’re receiving this email, I consider you one of the “faithful few” who read these requests, stop what you’re doing even if just for a minute, and intercede on our behalf. I cannot tell you what comfort and encouragement that brings me.

Tonight we’re having our special online event we’ve dubbed Fuel the Fight (for the fatherless). The idea was to create a reason for our Champions to gather, even if it’s just online, and be reminded of why the mission of Man Up is critical. Additionally, we’re asking for Champions to consider giving the equivalent of what a tank of fuel would cost. This will help us fuel the fight, or better stated, finance it, in these strange times.

I was reading in 2 Corinthians this morning and it just happened to be chapters 8 and 9, where Paul is writing to the Corinthians about the generosity of the Macedonians. It’s in that section where he gives his famous line, “…for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Will you pray today that God would move on the hearts of those who tune in to be cheerful givers? We’re not asking that everyone give, for that would be in contradiction of God’s Word in this case. We just want those who do give to give cheerfully.

Thank you again for praying. We’d love to have you tune in this evening any time between 7:30 – 9:30 PM EST on Facebook Live or YouTube. Praying God’s blessings on you this day.

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

P.S. Please pass this email on to those who might be interested in praying with us each Monday. They can sign up to receive these emails here: https://manupandgo.org/pray127.

#PRAY127 05.11.20

I’m so excited to share our #PRAY127 request for this week! Thank you for standing with us so faithfully this year.

As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought a lot of fear and frustration to the world. As believers in Jesus, we know that all is well, and that nothing is outside of God’s overarching sovereign hand.

Just this morning I was reading in Isaiah 10 how God used Assyria, the “rod of His anger,” against His own people, Israel, to discipline them. Yet in Assyria’s mind, it was “By the strength of my hand I have done it.” Instead of worshipping God as the One who ordains each day before it comes to pass (Psalm 139:16), the King of Assyria boasted in his own strength.

God reminded him who’s in charge in verse 15:

Certainly God is not denying personal responsibility, but He makes sure we know that everything – even the bad – makes its path through Him. He is completely in charge. Everything for Him is a tool to bring about repentance, instruction, and the revelation of His love.

For us at Man Up, COVID-19 has in some ways brought more opportunities to serve than ever before. On the other hand, we’ve had to cancel several trips, make tough decisions about our resources, and have not been able to meet in our Man Up 100 Cohorts.

But next Monday, we’re trusting the God who wields the ax to fashion a beautiful evening together….you guessed it, online!

Next Monday, May 18, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM EST, we will host an online event we’re calling Fuel the Fight. During this two hour event we will broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube and tell the Man Up story together with our Champions. We have many guest interviews, including those from partners and prominent positions within our community.

We believe God has ordained this night from eternity past to gather in a way we wouldn’t otherwise have done. Will you pray for this evening each day in the next week? We will look to raise some money – our ask is the cost it takes to fill your tank – but it’s more about gathering and sharing, telling the story God has given us.

Thank you for praying with us this week, and we invite you to join us whenever you can next Monday evening as we Fuel the Fight for the fatherless!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

P.S. Please pass this email on to those who might be interested in praying with us each Monday. They can sign up to receive these emails here: https://manupandgo.org/pray127.

#PRAY127 05.04.20

Thank you once again for checking in on today’s #PRAY127 challenge – your faithfulness in praying is making an impact. I often wonder what goes on in the heavenlies when we pray, but I have come to accept that the process of how is not as important as the end result promised when we obey. It took me a long time to not just intellectually understand this, but believe it with my full heart. In fact, I’m not sure I’m there yet!

For guys like Godfrey – this week’s recipient of our prayers – prayer is often the only thing available to him. Godfrey lives in rural eastern Uganda and participated in our Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP) in 2018-2019. He soaked in the truths of God’s Word layered into the curriculum and was faithful to come to every meeting. He received a loan from us – this loan was equivalent to about 1/3 of his usual salary – and he made sure to make the most of it.

In rural Africa, subsistence is nearly 100% dependent upon personal crops and harvests. While many have other jobs, farming is a way of life. Everyone farms to a certain degree or another. Land has been passed down from generation to generation and it is an unspoken rule that you farm. If you don’t, you go to the city to find work.

One of the issues in the villages, says our AMP Coordinator Geofrey, is laziness (his words, not ours.) The typical man with a “garden” (they don’t call them fields or crops, really, but gardens) will work from maybe 8:00 am – 10:00 am or so in his garden, then head to the town to, according to Geofery, “gossip.” He’ll go home for lunch around 1:00 pm, rest, and then back to the town until the sun has long gone down.

This is the mindset of most of the men in the village.

AMP is changing this mindset. Godfrey took the loan he received and embraced one of the concepts in the curriculum – Man as Worker – and worked his garden diligently. According to Geofrey, he now stands to make some “serious money.” According to Geofrey, Godfrey “can never, never remain the same after this harvest.” This is what a biblical mindset can do for a man – Godfrey has changed the trajectory of his family forever with this one harvest! Praise God!

Please check out this video (less than a minute) of Godfrey and the villagers harvesting his rice crops.

Indeed, if all goes as predicted, Godfrey stands to make 6-8 times as much money on his garden as he did last year! (Imagine taking your current salary x 6!)

In the past few weeks, we as a staff have been praying for Godfrey’s garden, that God would spare any major damage from hail or flooding. As I said earlier, prayer is the only available tool to him. We’re grateful that God has allowed him to start harvesting.

Today, will you join us in praying for Godfrey as he looks to harvest the rest of his crops? He’s not alone, of course, but represents dozens of other men who have been through AMP. Stewarding the resources God has given him will enable Godfrey to steward his family as well. This creates a path for Less Orphans, More Families in the world, and we believe that’s the mission God has given us.

Thanks for praying!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

P.S. Please pass this email on to those who might be interested in praying with us each Monday. They can sign up to receive these emails here: https://manupandgo.org/pray127.