Celebrating the Life of a True Servant Leader.

One of the greatest calls for a man is to be a servant leader. We see this throughout the Scriptures, and we see it perfectly displayed in the life of Christ. Why is this such an important role for us to play? Because we are commanded to walk like Christ! To seek first the Kingdom of God, to put others ahead of ourselves, knowing that the last shall be first.

Men have a responsibility to lead in our communities. Not just to lead though — to lead by example. To serve those in need and to meet people where they are.

One of the best examples we know of servant leadership in action is this man, Rick Sadorf.​​

Rick began serving with Man Up and Go several years ago – setting up Christmas lights for single foster moms, doing landscaping projects, and cooking and delivering meals with his amazing wife Barb. An attorney and CPA by day, Rick put on his Jesus cape by night, advocating for the fatherless whenever he could.

Recently (and suddenly) Rick went home to be with the Lord. As surprising as it was, it gave us the opportunity to rename our “Man of the Year Award” to the “Rick Sadorf Award” – which was presented to Barb last week.​

We need more men like Rick Sadorf in the world, and this is where we’re calling on you . . . be a mentor, serve a meal, sponsor a fatherless child, go on a trip . . . all these are ways you can “Man Up” by lowering yourself to serve those in need.​

For more information on mentoringclick HERE.

For more information on serving foster familiesclick HERE.

For more information on sponsoring a childclick HERE.

For more information on Impact Tripsclick HERE.

-The Man Up Team

Come Join the fight for the Fatherless!

Every year our Man Up 100 cohorts host their New Term Launch where we gather together to fellowship, share wins, share new serve opportunities, and enroll more men who are looking to join the fight!​​

If you are looking to get involved with Man Up 100 this is the gathering that you cannot miss. You will be more informed on our local system of care and the roll that you can play in supporting the foster/adoptive families in our AAF program.

Here are the links for the launches:

– The Man Up Team

MAN UP RAGBRAI 2022

MAN UP RAGBRAI 2022

RABGRAI 2022 is another one for the books!  Every year Man Up sends out a team of avid bike riders to represent our mission to fight for the fatherless. Here is what one of our RAGBRAI veterans had to say about this year’s trip:

“One thing that struck me this year is the friendships that we have built on RAGBRAI. We caught up with Anita about her grandkids and Steve about his sons and their PB & J business. We talked a lot with our Air Force buddies and on and on. After riding this event 9 times, I now feel like I am going home every summer to meet up with my old friends for a week. That’s pretty special.”

Here is a quick run down from one of our trip leaders:

Small but strong team.

I ran over kyson at 23 mph, possibly fracturing a rib or two but he rode all 464 miles.

Jimmy literally couldn’t walk through towns because of his back but finished every mile.

Jeff and juicy pulled whoever needed it throughout the week. 

Jimmy, kyson and I all rode our first century ride on Wednesday at 103 miles.

The Air Force team is awesome and they love us.

The RV only sustained minor damage when my dad and I had a disagreement.  It was repaired before we returned it. 

Juicy kept our bikes rolling (even after having to do some roadside repairs after kyson and I crashed). 

We have a lot of friends that we see every year on the ride. 

Food was great.

We witnessed the finest pro wrestling that Olwein, IA has to offer.  One of the wrestlers chased kyson after he called the guy fat.  

PB peddlers owner (Steve) loves your emails and supports us.  Gave us free water all week. 

Weather couldn’t have been any better.  Cool and tailwind every day.

My dad gave his very first devo. 

Iowa is awesome.

-The Man Up Team

A MAN UP SUCCESS STORY

What does it mean to be a Man?

​We believe that Dan Tengo shares the answer to that question in this short snippet from his interview in Jinja, Uganda. Our goal is to disciple men to be who God created them to be. This impacts the entire family unit as well as the community. When men live out their God given responsibilities, women, children, and communities flourish! 

Click the picture below to view Dan’s encouraging testimony.

– The Man Up Team

Uganda 2022 Impact Trip

It has been a couple years since our Man Up Team has been able to visit our partners overseas. This year, we were adamant about making it out there!

After 25+ hours of traveling to Uganda we were excited to visit all of our friends in the cities of Jinja, Pallisa, Bulangira, Kibuku, and more. We spent time playing with the children at Jaas Junior School, sang worship songs with the children at Ebenezer, and we updated some of the beautiful pictures of the boys and girls in our Kerith Child Sponsorship Program.

The men on our team visited the men in our Authentic Masculinity Program and the men who have graduated the program as well. They popped by some of the businesses to see how God has blessed these men through the ministry of Man Up. As they visited the men they realized some of the men are putting their own personal gains together to help families in their community. This is an encouragement to us to seek how we can help our neighbors for the glory of God.

The women had an opportunity to share at the women’s conference in Jinja, support the women’s fair trade program, and they had a blast with all the children at Jaas Junior School.

If you are interested in joining us on one of our Impact Trips to the DR or Africa please reach out to us at info@manupandgo.org.

Update from Eliazar in Pallisa, Uganda!

Our partner from Pallisa, Eliazar, sent an update to our CEO, Jeff. Below is his update about how the program is going as well as those in the community. Please be in prayer for them as you become more aware of their circumstances. You can also reach out to us via email or phone if you would like to know how you can come along side them during this season.

“Greetings to you Brother Jeff in the name of our Lord Jesus,

It is my prayer that you are doing well and your family. We want to thank God for all the efforts, resources and time you and MANUP AND GO Ministries lay down for the sake of the brothers down here in Africa and the rest of the world to see that they become the man God wants them to be.

It has really been a challenging time with the COVID 19 season for most of the families out here given the circumstances that came along with it. The general economy was affected and leading to decrease in demand for goods and services because of the scarcity of money in circulation and people opted for essentials. This affected most men in the cohort making it hard for them do a timely repayment of what they are due because most of their IGA depend on the market yet people had opportunity cost to make.

However, we thank God that COVID did not claim anyone of them despite the fact that 4 of them were victims. I have been doing home visits and the general standard of living and income had gone down but to God be the glory that they did not completely go down but and some of them with difficulties have managed to hold through the time.

Below are some of the men who are still moving on with business though very low returns for now but trusting God for economic stability.

Okello Joseph is one of the outstanding members of the 2019AMP cohort who have withstood the challenges of the time. He is still into his piggery project and successfully managing. The outbreak of the covid 19 for the last two years that came with a lock down affected almost everything thing in terms of the economy. There was a limit on the circulation of money and therefore limited market for several products. Okello says he faced the challenge as it came; he was able to sustain his family and his project. His pig stay still has 30 pigs, one expecting soon and the other breast feeding. His project has helped him keep the children in school and give proper medical care. He is expecting to replace his turkey poultry project at the sale of some of the piglets. He will sale a piglet $18

.Omuba Ivan is the chairperson of the 2019 AMP cohort Pallisa. He does metal fabrication for his IGA, he is one of those that faced a very hard time during the Covid time. The demand for fabrication went low and he had to shift some of his capital into starting mobile money business alongside his metal fabrication business. He is glad that the economy was fully reopened and the expectations for market revamp are high.

We had Andrew have his wife admitted in hospital for over 7 months over for a swollen stomach with water over a cause we can’t explain, Jacob Kirya also had his wife suffer Covid which affected her greatly, and then cerebral malaria that she nearly lost her mind, Mande equally was a covid victim but We bless God they are now out and picking up

 All these men need prayers as most of them have been through a hard time and it has been hard for them to raise resources for sustenance and loan repayment yet they are trying to be the man God wants them to be.”

Authentic Masculinity Program Progress Report!

We recently received an update from our AMP cohorts. We ask that you would continue to pray for the women, children, and men.

The second cohort AMP in Holeta:

In the first phase, Biblical Foundations and Initial Community Learning were concluded on November 12, 2021. All were participating with enthusiasm. The second phase, part 1 started on November 19, and continued till now. We are on the fourth week’s lesson. The manual was copied, compiled, and distributed for each one. We covered the Program Introduction, Asset Mapping, Income Generating Activities, and Purpose Statement, Vision, & Mission setting of each one.

We were not able to continue the sessions for three weeks. It was due to my having Covid -19. In those weeks the group was meeting two times for rehearsals and prayer.

In all the meetings we were able to share prayer question from each of us, and we have been praying together and in our private prayer time for each other’s needs and for our country’s situation.

The first cohort:-

I was trying to keep in touch with the first cohort members, and ask their life situation and the progress in their business. All are in the status I reported last time. They are continuing being active in their local churches. Tilahun, Chale, Masresha, and Mesele are serving regularly in the church. Tilahun has started doing the business. Dereje is also doing petty trading. Masrehsa continued his shoe making business. Chala, Mesele, Daniel, and Tegegn are not progressing in their business.

Prayer question:

Please praise God with us that the situation of Ethiopia would calm down. The war was escalating and currently localized. The government of Ethiopia is deescalating the situation for peace and stability.

Please continue praying, as many children are left without father, and they need healing and rehabilitation.  Please continue praying for our country’s peace and stability progress.

Please pray also for all men in the AMP program. The Holota cohort is currently learning on setting their IGA, its Purpose Statement, Vision, & Mission. They need to choose and plan their business well with the help of the Holly Spirit and His wisdom. As we learn from the first cohort in Addis Ababa, there should be a good start before they embark in to getting the money and miss use for different needs. ”

Thank you for taking time to read this report! These families’ generations are heavily impacted by both your prayers and your financial partnership.

Thank You Fatih Mission Grant!

We are grateful for the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, and in particular, the Faith Mission Grant, for their support of our Adopt a Family program in the Northern Pinellas Communities (Tampa Bay). Foster parents will have a greater degree of communication and support because of your generosity – thank you so much!

-The Man Up Team

Mid Year Update 2021!

Every summer we like to take a step back and look at what God has done through your support of the ministry of Man Up and Go.

It’s our distinct privilege to fight for the fatherless alongside you, and we’re happy to report how God is using you in James 1:27 ways, both here at home and abroad: 

Obviously we are limited in how much we can report. Even we won’t know the actual impact in individual lives until we’re hanging out with one another one day in heaven. 
None of this impact takes place without you. Our prayer is that as you continue to grow in the Lord and with us, that you would take the next step in your fight for the fatherless. For some of you, it means volunteering with us (yes, we have places for women to serve too!).  For others, it means giving 5 hours per month to mentor an aged-out foster youth and see him break the chains of generational fatherlessness. For others, it means funding one man for one year in international AMP at a cost of $1000.For others, it means helping to fund one aged-out foster youth in AMP’d.For others, it means committing to pray each week when we send out our prayer requests. And for others, it means continuing to triage the effects of fatherlessness by sponsoring a child, going on a trip, or making the lives of foster and adoptive families a bit more manageable through our Man Up 100 program.Whatever it is, there is a way to fight for the fatherless with Man Up and Go. Let us know how we can help you take the next step! 
Regards, 
  
 CEO, Man Up and Go
​Isaiah 1:17

As an extension of the Church, we love partnering with local churches! It provides an opportunity to reach more foster families because there are more volunteers to help serve. Check out the “Serve Day” video recap below when Grow Life Church partnered with us to serve a foster family of 7.

Our flagship program internationally is our Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP, for short). Despite the challenges of COVID during this last batch of Cohorts, we still saw tremendous growth in the men who participated. We are convinced the way to defeat fatherlessness is to get upstream and disciple the men to love their families. 

At Man Up we believe children benefit in every measurable way by the presence of a loving, committed father in the home. Check out this quick video of one of our long-time Board members explaining the tangible importance of engaged men and fathers. 

Why would a foster family request a pool? How would that help? If you have to ask those questions, you probably, A) Haven’t been a parent, or B) Haven’t lived through a Missouri summer. 🙂 Check out the work our Man Up Springfield Cohort is doing to help one foster family beat the heat! 

We recently took a small team to the Dominican Republic to encourage our partners, Pastor Kendar and his wife Hozanna, as they are doing great work in a difficult context. The work they do is on the “basurero,” which is a community partially built (literally) on trash. Man Up Champions sponsor 15 children here, but we need many more (they anticipate over 100 enrolled this Fall). Reply to this email to see how you can sponsor a child with a Christian education and food security for just $45/mo. 

Recently Man Up was able to bring on long time Board Member Vicki Tims to serve as our Executive Administrator, a position that was vacated due to the promotion of Jennifer Sanabria to our newly created Programs Manager position.

Congratulations ladies – you’re the “women behind Man Up!”