Happy Monday! This is week two of three that I’m asking our prayer Champions to stand with us in prayer over our Man Up 100 launches happening later this month in Tampa (FL) and Springfield (MO).
Man Up and Go’s mission statement is to spark a passion in men to fight for the fatherless at home and abroad as Jesus commanded. The biggest way we do that at home is through our Man Up 100 Cohorts. The spark is starting to catch as men are realizing that God has called us to so much more than leisure and the pursuit of money. He has created us for Himself and His bidding in the world. That means standing with Him for one of the most marginalized people groups on the planet – the fatherless.
In both Tampa and Springfield we have been preparing for the launch by inviting men and sharpening our program. As a prayer Champion, you should know that we require three things of our men in this James 1:27-inspired initiative.
- We want them to GATHER. It’s tough right now with COVID, but we’re making the most of it with Zoom. Proverbs 24:6 says, “Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisors.” We view fatherlessness as something against which we must make war. It’s a visceral tactic from the “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” Satan himself, and victory is ours in Christ Jesus, who instructs us to come together for counsel from one another. That’s why we meet.
- We want them to GIVE. Since everything is from God (Romans 11:36), and everything IS God’s (Deuteronomy 10:14), we must live with open hands, not clenched fists. The state can only do so much for these children in child welfare. The real hope for any answer lies in the hearts (and bank accounts) of God’s people. We want men to experience the joy of giving, giving that generously finances projects that serve and support foster and adoptive children and families.
- We want them to GO. The real work is done in serving these foster families. Many of these men and women endure sleepless nights and “bad” behavior from foster children who are simply scared, vulnerable, hurt, protective, misunderstood, and often feeling unloved. They are there through no fault of their own, and what should have been a safe, loving environment at home often becomes a living hell.
Trauma causes kids to lash out – it’s perfectly normal. Many foster families falter not because they don’t want to help, but because the job can become overwhelming at times. By serving these families with an occasional meal, a fix-it project, or a birthday party voucher, it’s just enough to help them take the next step forward in ministering to these children.
So again, thank you for praying for the men who will be attending next week’s launches. Pray God pricks their hearts even now to attend. Pray the enemy stays at bay. Pray they get involved in the fight for the fatherless – it’s the fight God longs for us to pick!
Man Up 100 Tampa Bay AUG. 26 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Man Up 100 Springfield (MO) AUG. 29 @ 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Jeff Ford, CEO
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