February 2021 Update

As we settle into 2021, we at Man Up and Go want you to know that God is opening doors only He can open. Just like the Apostle Paul had doors open to him in ministry (1 Corinthians 16:9), the same is happening to us as we look to prevent fatherlessness right here in the United States. While we cannot go into details just yet, please know we’re working hard behind the scenes to break the chains of generational fatherlessness like never before.

The reality is we have a different kind of pandemic going on in our world: fatherlessness. 80% of single parent households are headed by women. We’ve simply made it too easy for men to walk away from their responsibilities as husbands and fathers. The programs we’re implementing later this year will address this issue head-on, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime, we’re looking for mentors all over the country who are willing to give of themselves for about 5 hours a month. If you would be interested in becoming a mentor for a young man who has aged out from foster care, please fill out this

short form. This will help us keep you in the loop as more info becomes available.

Enjoy the rest of this February update, and please let us know how we can be praying for you.


Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

Check out the current numbers above from ourMan Up 100 program. For those who aren’t yet aware, Man Up 100 is designed to recruit 100 men in a given area to serve and support foster and adoptive children and families.

Man Up’s impact in serving and supporting foster and adoptive children and families continues to grow. This past month we had several special deliveries of food and diapers to many of the awesome foster families enrolled in our Adopt a Family program. Check out some of these smiling faces (we promise the kiddos are smiling under those hearts too!).

We rang in the new year by putting up a privacy fence and gate to a backyard for another foster family. Anyone who’s had kids under 2 knows this is a mission critical project. ©

We’re also pretty good at setting up play toys for our families like this trampoline pictured above, which is always a welcome addition! Any time the kiddos can get some fresh air (even if it’s 3 degrees?), it’s a win for foster mom and dad.

Did you donate to Man Up and Go last year? You should’ve received your tax statement from us either in your inbox or in your physical mail box. If you didn’t, please email us or call us at: 727.266.0226 and let us know.

It’s been tough for our international Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP) Cohorts during the pandemic. Recently our Cohort Coordinators in Uganda met in person and reported the following:

Because of restrictions by the government, the men were not allowed to meet in-person for several months.

Harsh methods by the government in Uganda – including caning and imprisonment – made starting/growing businesses challenging.

The inability to meet made it difficult for our men’s businesses to market and attract new customers.

Despite these setbacks, the men are hopeful. We know God has called men to protect and provide for th r families, and in developing nations, economic opportunity is often limited. The Man Up program has provided stability and optimism, even in a pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopia Cohort has learned to adapt – meeting outdoors, adjusting meeting times, and adjusting business proposals. Thankfully, just recently the men finally completed their business plans and received their loans. This after nearly 1 full year of participating in and completing Phase 1 and 2 (it should’ve taken 6 months, but for a pandemic).

Here are some of the businesses they’re starting: Coffee, honey,, cow butter, shoe wholesaler, shoe retailer and etc.

Believe it or not, we are sending a small team to East Africa this week. Yes, it’s been incredibly difficult to meet all the necessary COVID-19 protocols. However, rather than looking at them as setbacks, the 6 men in this team are looking at it as an opportunity to grow!

They will be once again climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and visiting our partners overseas. If you are a child sponsor and sent in your child sponsor gift, our guys will be delivering it next week some time.

Thank you for praying for our team as they travel.

We continue to praise God for all that He’s doing in and through theAuthentic Masculinity Program.

Top 10 2020 Moments

2020 didn’t go like we thought it would. But really – does any year ever go like we think it will? In light of God’s complete sovereignty and absolute control over even the slightest detail (check out Isaiah 46:9-10), I’d like to submit to you that 2020 went exactly the way God wanted it. 

The pandemic? Check. 

The financial hardships? Check. 

The job losses? Check. 

The deaths? As hard as it is for our human brains to understand, even the deaths were ordained by God. (People are destined to die once and then face God – Hebrews 9:27).

All of life is in the Creator’s and Sustainer’s hands. And while we may have predicted something different for this year, the God this organization serves trusts that everything He does is for our ultimate good and His ultimate pleasure. 

Yes, even in 2020.

With that in mind, we hope you enjoy Man Up and Go‘s 2020 Top 10 Moments below. 

#PRAY127 09.14.20

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on our AMP guys in Ethiopia, so I thought it would be a good time to ask you to pray for them.

In case you didn’t know, this is the first year we’ve run our Authentic Masculinity Program in the nation of Ethiopia. It’s been a long time coming! At the beginning of Phase 1, we had 10 men who wanted to go through the program. The 12-weeks has run its course, and we now have 7 men who have met the requirements to graduate to Phase 2.

Phase 1 is all about biblical manhood. Phase 2 is all about income generating activities and business development. I was on a video chat with our partners in Ethiopia last week and everyone is super excited about these guys and the opportunity in front of them. I was reviewing their profiles again late last week and was reminded of just how great a privilege it is for Man Up to partner with these men.

All of the stories have compelling elements, but I share this one as an example, in his own words:

This man – we’ll call “Meta” – has had the deck stacked against him most his life. But his faith in Christ compels him to move forward. What he didn’t write in his story is that he and his wife currently stay in a 6 foot by 6 foot shack they rent for $15/mo. Lest you think this is a great deal, Meta makes about $60/mo for his job as a guard.

He and his wife are also childless, and they have asked us to pray for a child. Interestingly enough, a child would make things more difficult financially. And this is where Man Up comes in. We want to see Meta and the rest of the men in his Cohort be able to live out God’s calling in their lives as Providers. Each man has a story and included in the story is the desire to provide for their families.

Or in Meta’s case, his future family.

Would you please take a moment to pray for Meta and the other men in their Cohort for today’s #PRAY127 request? I’ve included pictures of all the men here. Thank you again for your faithfulness in praying.

By the way, if you think the men aren’t happy in the pictures below, you’re probably an American. 🙂 In Ethiopia, when important pictures are taken, they will often put on a “stern” face to show professionalism, determination, and seriousness. I assure you – they are happy to be in AMP!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 08.31.20

The past week was a crazy week.

  • On Monday we had our bi-monthly Board Meeting.
  • On Wednesday we launched our Man Up 100 Tampa new term.
  • On Saturday we launched our Man Up 100 Springfield new term.
  • And in between we submitted two grants that will help us serve more families in our Adopt a Family program.


  • Our Jinja Cohort (Uganda), who recently lost our Coordinator, Pastor Roy (he moved back to Western Uganda), submitted their loan proposals for AMP and should hopefully receive their loans in the next week under the interim leadership of Pastor Andrew.
  • Our Addis Ababa/Korah Cohort (Ethiopia) is ready to graduate enrollees to Phase 2 of AMP.
  • We just received letters/updates from children enrolled in our child sponsorship program in the Dominican Republic, which went out to sponsors this past week.

All this while trying to make up for a lack of revenue for our partners who usually receive a bump due to the trips we take.

Whew! It’s definitely a lot. But no rest for the weary, as we look to enroll foster families into our Adopt a Family program this week both in Springfield (MO) and Tampa Bay. We had 24 total families last year, and this year we hope to enroll at least 44. To do that, we need enough men to step up and join the Man Up 100 so that we can service these families well.

Families in our Adopt a Family program receive services at least once a month from us, usually in the form of volunteerism from the men and/or their families in our program. Since the men are simply volunteering (not paid staff), it takes a lot of them to be able to bring more foster families into the Adopt a Family program.

So, with that in mind, will you pray? Pray God brings us the men ready to say “YES!” to His plan for their lives as it relates to Man Up, James 1:27, and the families we serve.

As always, we can’t thank you enough for praying. May the Lord bless you this week!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 07.06.20

Thank you once again for standing with us in prayer this Monday. This morning I was messaging our AMP Coordinator in Ethiopia, Sami.

Not that I would receive a reply, as Ethiopia has shut down the Internet across the country. (This is typical whenever there is any kind of unrest.) I messaged him primarily because I wanted him to know that there were those of us in the United States who were praying for him, the men in the program, and the country of Ethiopia at large. Hopefully he’ll be able to receive the message soon!

So what should you be praying for specifically? Why is the country shut down?

In short, just like we have racial tensions in the U.S., there are tribal tensions in Ethiopia. For decades, the Oromo people have claimed oppression from stronger political forces within the Ethiopia government. One of the Oromiyan political activists, a well-known singer who sang about the oppression in his songs, was murdered while driving in his car last week in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Since then, over 80 people have died in protests and the government has shut down communications in the entire country. This is a common tactic to squash potential rebellions or mobilization among its citizens.

For Sami and our men meeting in the Authentic Masculinity Program, it means another hurdle to cross as they’ve been dealing with COVID-19 and the uncertainties of meeting in a place where folks do not have as much access to testing.

As you can see from last week’s meeting, the men were meeting in small groups, wearing masks provided by our Fair Trade partner, Carry 117, and were practicing social distancing. The had just completed “Man as Worker” and “Man as Husband” in the curriculum, learning how to be God’s men in those areas.

Will you please pray specifically for Sami, the men, and the entire nation of Ethiopia this morning? Please pray God’s peace upon the people and wisdom for its leadership. I am amazed at how hopeless the world seems right now if it were not for my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the solid rock on which I stand.

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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#PRAY127 06.29.20

This week’s #PRAY127 is similar to last week’s, but nevertheless equally as important. I wish I could express to you the magnitude of this moment for the men in Kibuku. I’ve posted just a few pictures below, and although they will never do justice to the joy these men have in working hard to achieve a goal, I hope you can smile on their behalf and thank God in your hearts for the work He’s doing in their lives.

Kibuku is a neighboring town to Bulangira, last week’s #PRAY127 recipient, and this is their first Cohort to be discipled in the Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP). The men in this Cohort, just like the Bulangira Cohort, have graduated from Phase 2 (Income Generating Activities training) to Phase 3 (loan distribution and repayment).

There are 11 special men in this Cohort, and I’ve listed their names and a little bit about them below. As a #PRAY127 partner with Man Up and Go, please take just a minute or two and call out these men by name, praying that God might give them courage and strength to live for Him and honor him by stewarding this loan well.

Above our AMP Supervisor in Kibuku, Pastor George is handing out 750,000 Uganda shillings to the man the villagers know as the “turkey farmer.” Patrick will invest this money, which represents about 6 months in normal wages, to go from a merely subsistence farmer to a commercial farmer, using his skills as a “turkey” man and the accountability and lessons learned about biblical masculinity from AMP.

Above is the Kibuku Cohort President, Jeremiah, who signs his loan documents in front of Pastor George. Jeremiah has a degree but admitted what he called a “knowledge gap” in business stewardship. Despite this he was voted in as President for his charisma, humility, and love for Christ. Jeremiah has learned a lot from the biblically-based lessons Man Up teaches in AMP. He grew up in a very poor environment where alcohol was abused in the home, and is determined to break those chains in himself and his children.

Thank you once again for standing with us and these men. The 11 Kibuku men represent 33 children, and more to come in the future. We believe AMP is the right tool for these men to see “Less Orphans, More Families” in their communities.

Thank you for praying for these men this week and in the weeks to come as they look to repay their loans in a timely fashion.

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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