#PRAY127 10.26.20

Before I get to this week’s request, if you prayed for our Board Summit last week – thank you! We onboard 8 new board members and spent the majority of our time thinking about where God wants us 5 years from now. Primarily, we answered this idea: “When people are asked by someone about ‘Man Up’ in 5 years, they will respond, ‘Oh that’s the organization that…'”

Our time together was awesome! The Lord was with us and guiding us, and we’re excited about what lies ahead. We’re as clearer as we’ve ever been – more to come later.

When you hear about a non-profit having to bass a budget, it probably sits a little funny with you if you’ve never thought about it. The reality is that non-profits must not only accomplish their mission towards the end beneficiary (those receiving the services the non-profit provides), but it must also find a way to fund it.

For this week’s #PRAY127 request, we have an event that’s right around the corner and while it was a long time coming, we haven’t had a ton of promotion of this particular event.

As you may know, Man Up had partnered with Focus on the Family to bring their Wait No More event to the Bay area. We had several leaders’ meetings in 2018 and 2019 and the word was getting out, and then – COVID.

After postponing the March 28 gathering, we had to change the ethos of the event, since COVID will not allow us to gather in large groups. Focus on the Family has been gracious to allow us to build on the foundation they laid. Since we can’t have them in for this event, we have planned a similar but shorter and online-friendly event we are calling Awaken Tampa Bay – Taking Up the Cause of the Fatherless. You can expect a thoughtful evening of round-table discussion where subject matter experts in Tampa Bay will discuss not just the state of child welfare, but specific action items to take.

Please pray that God gets His people’s attention with this event, that the folks He wants in the room or online will be present either in person or LIVE online.

As always, it is a joy to know you are praying on behalf of the organization and all that God has put on our hearts.

Regards,
Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 10.19.20

Later this week the Board of Directors for Man Up and Go will meet for our yearly Summit. It usually happens in November, but we moved it up a little earlier this year to ensure we had plenty of time to affirm year-end requirements such as electing officers and passing budgets.

When you hear about a non-profit having to bass a budget, it probably sits a little funny with you if you’ve never thought about it. The reality is that non-profits must not only accomplish their mission towards the end beneficiary (those receiving the services the non-profit provides), but it must also find a way to fund it.

In the for-profit sector, the beneficiary of the service or product is also the funder – when you do a good job with your service or product, you ensure revenue to continue your business. Not so in the non-profit sector. We must find a way to inspire those who are not direct beneficiaries of the services we provide to indeed still fund those services.

Which leads me back to the Board Summit this weekend for Man Up and Go. We have come to the end of a 5-yr vision that took many twists and turns along the way. It’s time to set a vision for the next 5 years, and our Board is responsible for stewarding not just the vision of fighting for the fatherless, but also the ability to fund it.

Would you pray for the Board of Directors as we meet this weekend, October 23rd and 24th? We have new Board Members who will be attending and introduced to Man Up on an organizational level like never before. The current members will be listening to a vision for the future and have the heavy responsibility of guiding that vision. (Check out our Board Members and their bios.)

Pray that God would give us clarity and focus, that we would run after things near His heart, and that we would trust Him for the outcome. We want to be thoughtful and wise, laying out a plan, but also faithful and trusting, giving God “elbow room” to show up in whatever way He wants.

Please also pray that the technology would work, as we will Zoom in nearly half the Board. We have a limited amount of time and want to make the most of it.

We often look at prayer as preparation for the work, but prayer IS the work (Luke 10:2).

Thank you for praying!

Regards,
Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 10.12.20

If you take your cues from the culture, it’s no wonder we’re confused. In days gone by, it was the educated class, the elites, the nobles, the scribes, and the religious priests – these are the ones who set the tone for how living occurs in a particular nation at a particular time. It took time to shift a culture, mostly because mobilization wasn’t aided by modern technologies.

But in the instant age of social media and Venmo and Amazon, where things move digitally in just a day (I mean, how many products are available for free 1-day shipping with Prime?), the culture shifts happen rapidly. Couple this with the devaluing of religious relevance and especially monotheism (the idea that there is only one way to God), and you see how the elites could persuade the masses to make the shift quickly.

It’s no question our elites are more Lady Gaga than Luther, more Kardashian than Calvin.

How did the shift happen? Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, notes the rapid reversal of cultural acceptance on human sexuality (including gender identity) in the 2nd decade of the 21st century and puts it this way:

“The first thing [that happens is that] what was condemned must be celebrated. The second is that what was celebrated must now be condemned. And thirdly, those who will not join in the celebration will be condemned.”

This brings me to our #PRAY127 request for today. It used to be in the United States that a man’s noble task of working hard and providing for his family, both materially and spiritually, was a virtue. Today, a man trying to live out biblical values of faith and family is so foreign and absurd to the cultural elites that anyone who does not openly mock such a conviction should be immediately “cancelled.”

The reality is that most men, apart from the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, have already jettisoned biblical masculinity in favor of cultural masculinity. With such a strong cancel culture among the elites – who convince the rest to fall in line or else – men have found it even easier to let women do the work God wants them to do. (By the way, this has nothing to do with whether or not women are given a fair shot in the work force – our biblical values tell us they should.)

So if women want to take over, what’s the big deal? Why not give men a pass?

In the prophet Hosea’s time, the northern tribe of Israel had embraced idolatry so forthrightly that their women “commit harlotry, and brides commit adultery” (Hosea 4:13). This was referring not just to running after foreign gods, but also participating in ritual prostitution. Yet how did God respond?

I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your brides when they commit adultery; For the men themselves go apart with harlots, and offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot.” – Hosea 4:14

You see who was held responsible? It was the men.

When a nation goes awry, when a community goes awry, when a home goes awry, it is the man who is responsible.

Of course this is not to say that women bear no burden. Only to say that God reserves a greater judgment for the men who failed to lead.

Leading is hard. But God has told men to do it with boldness, integrity, faithfulness, and trust. If you know a man who’s struggling to lead this morning, will you pray for him today? If you don’t know one, pick the one closest to you as he’s probably had his doubts recently. Please pray that men all over the United States and in the world will lead as God has intended – humbly, graciously, and in deference to others.

It will take courage to withstand the advances of the culture. But as Christians, we know this is nothing new, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, we stand as emboldened as ever.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13

Thank you for praying!

Regards,
Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 10.05.20

Today’s #PRAY127 request will be a quick one. Typically we hold our annual Fall Football Fling Thing fundraiser in November at a restaurant with lots of TV’s and great finger food in a casual, come-as-you go atmosphere. However, with COVID, we want to make sure we’re being safe while at the same time not allowing COVID to undermine our need to fund the fight for the fatherless.

That’s why I’m asking you to pray with us starting today. Two months from now we’ll have our 4th Annual Fall Football Fling Thing in the Tampa Bay area, December 5th, and we’re going to be holding it in several smaller venues across the area. The idea is to have host homes with smaller numbers so as to minimize potential exposure to COVID-10.

Not only that, but we’ll also have a few other locations around the nation where host homes will gather. We’ll still have the Big Board and some great prizes to giveaway, and we’ll be going LIVE at a broadcasting location in the Bay area as we check in with our host homes around the country.

It’s going to be different, something we haven’t done before, and it’s always a little nerve- wracking. So thank you for praying with us. Specially, please pray:

  • That we can logistically put all the pieces together.
  • That we can communicate the need effectively.
  • That folks will be inspired and give financially to the work of the Man Up ministry.

One praise to report – we already have our food sponsor! (Thank you United Health Care!)

And thank YOU for praying – this may not seem like a big ask, but I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your commitment to take this before the Lord.

Regards,
Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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