This week’s #PRAY127 is special because we get to share with you a special day in the life of our ministry and in the lives of 25 men who have labored diligently now for the last 6 months in our Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP) in Uganda.
These men, all from our Bulangira Cohort in rural eastern Uganda, represent one of four cohorts who will be receiving their microloan from Man Up and Go.
AMP is a three-phased approach at introducing and encouraging men to live out biblical masculinity. We believe that when men lead as God calls them to, everyone is blessed – wives, children, and the community around them.
Many men, regardless of where they live, abandon their families around areas of provision and shame. God has placed an innate desire in a man to provide for his family. When he’s unable to do that, many men run from responsibility instead of embracing it. AMP is all about living as Jesus wants us to live, not as the culture or our sinful human desires do.
For the men in Bulangira, they’ve successfully graduated through Phase 1, Biblical Masculinity, as well as Phase 2, Income Generating Activities (IGA), and now enter Phase 3, a 34-week loan repayment period. During this phase, they will continue to meet together to learn practical business skills and encourage one another in their IGA.
Below are the names of the men in the Bulangira Cohort, as well as their family life and business endeavor.
Please note the number of children these men have collectively – if you’re doing the math at home, they have 156 children between the 25 men (although 5 of them aren’t married yet).
Do you see why we believe AMP is so important? There are 156 children whose lives, if statistics are accurate, hang in the balance in large part by watching Dad. There are 156 potential fatherless children in this group. But what if Dad can provide for them adequately and train them up in the ways of the Lord? What if he can love his wife as Christ loved the church? What if together, Mom and Dad can reflect biblical marriage and teach their children biblical principles?
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
However you choose to pray with us today, we would ask that you might choose just one of the above names as someone to pray for over the next 34 weeks as these men look to honor God by repaying their loans and living out authentic masculinity in their homes and community.
Thank you once again for standing with us.
Jeff Ford, CEO
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