As we approach the third quarter of our Man Up 100 initiative, our men gathered together to get updates on serving opportunities, encouragement towards one another, and to recruit more men to fight for the fatherless.
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Man Up Springfield has come together for their first ever Man Up 100 Christmas serve!
Here are some pictures and an explanation of what went on at our event.
Partnering with North Point Church.
8 families served
42 people served
67 volunteers overall and 15 man up
Families showed up for a Christmas Party surprised to find fun activities for the kids, gingerbread houses and dance parties and parents had the chance to shop and make selections for their kids in the Christmas store and then presents were wrapped and sent home with them along with a Christmas dinner. Parents then picked up their kids and got to visit Santa and have pancakes together.
MUSGF also gave each family gift cards for each child in their home for them to spend however and a meal out for the holidays.
5 volunteers for the residential project.
We’ll be giving 12 boys in residential facility Christmas gifts and Life Point Church partnered with us to provide a virtual reality gaming system that will benefit the entire cottage of boys.
As we launch a new term for Man Up 100, we are excited to meet new champions who are passionate about coming alongside us as we fight for the fatherless.
We cannot wait to serve and support foster and adoptive families with you on our team! Here is a sneak peak of of some of the serves we have done this past year! We had churches, businesses, and plenty Man Up 100 members join us for diaper deliveries, food deliveries, home projects, and more!
Our Springfield team took on 3 full projects all in one Saturday! They are super dedicated to fighting for the fatherless and it shows!
It’s National Foster Care Month! We need to Fuel the Fight for the fatherless just like we did last May, if you would like to help us fight for the fatherless please click here.
We recently threw a cookout for our local foster families here in Springfield! Here is a small recap video of the great time we had! If you’d like to get involved please feel free to contact us.
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
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.