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#PRAY127 02.24.20

Thank you for taking a few minutes today to pray for the Man Up and Go ministry. Today’s #PRAY127 request is for our Board Chairman, Mark Acre (pictured in the featured image at the top of Kilimanjaro!).

Mark has been going to Africa since 2013, which was our 3rd year in the ministry; suffice it to say, he was hooked! The camaraderie of the team, the mission, and his personal experience of growing up without a father – all of these played a factor in his commitment to fight for the fatherless alongside Man Up and Go.

He’s especially passionate about the men in our Authentic Masculinity Program, because he believes in the power of a father who can protect and provide for his family. This environment is one he didn’t have growing up, and he’s determined to see as many men “man up” and be the men God has called them to be as he can. (Below he’s pictured with George from Jinja, Uganda. George received a microloan from Man Up to help enhance his carpentry business.)

Mark – who runs OneSource Insurance in Nixa, MO – doesn’t just sit on the board and take mission trips to aid in Man Up’s programming. He also went “all in” by adopting a little boy from China back in 2016. He loves Jesus, he loves his family, and he’s trying to do everything in his power to care for the fatherless, just as Jesus commanded.

His daughter Brynn and wife Stephanie, who’s also been to Africa, sponsor a little girl from one of our Child Sponsorship programs. This is a family who is truly living out the James 1:27 command!

Above is a picture of Mark’s family (from left) – Tobias, Maddox, Brynn, and Stephanie. Would you take a minute today to pray for them? Please pray that God would remain the center of their lives, that Mark would lead his family with humility and strength, and that he has the courage to govern Man Up with wisdom and diligence.

Thank you again for your partnership in these #PRAY127 challenges. We are so grateful!


Jeff Ford, CEO

Isaiah 1:17

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