This week is the big week! Man Up will be launching new terms in both Tampa and Springfield (MO) later this week, and we are very excited about what God has in store for us over the next 12 months.
Interestingly enough, on our Facebook post about the event, we received some kickback from a woman who wrote the following (quoting verbatim):
Continuing to instill the idea that children need fathers is the biggest problem in fatherless households. Women continuing to depend on men, even when they are not there is the problem. Adding men to their lives wont solve their problems. Children need structure, substance, and people that genuinely care about them, whether they have a d*** or not doesn’t matter. Society needs to let go of this fantasy that is a two parent household.
Unfortunately, this is the culture in which we live. As Christians, we know that God desires both mom and dad to engage in the child-rearing process (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:2). As unpopular as it is, we also know that God has given roles to both the male and female in the family (Ephesians 5:21-33). The manifestation of these roles in the 21st century may look different than in biblical times, to be sure. For instance, Mom may be the breadwinner, or Dad may do more of the “domestic” work. But ultimately, seeing healthy displays of both masculinity and femininity are crucial in the development of a child.
The bible not only says this, but so does current secular data. According to information found in the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau and compiled by Fatherhood.org, studies have found that children raised without a biological, step, or adoptive father are:
- At a higher risk of having behavioral problems.
- Four times more likely to live in poverty.
- More likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime.
- Twice as likely to never graduate high school.
- At a seven times higher risk of teen pregnancy.
- More vulnerable to abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Twice as likely to be obese.
This is exactly why we’ve been praying these last couple of weeks. We believe children benefit in every measurable way by the presence of a loving, committed father in the home. And this week, we’re inviting men (and women, of course) to join us in the fight for those without fathers. Our kids need godly men who will love and cherish them, create confidence and build self-worth, model servant leadership, expose our need for a Savior, and point them to the only One who can meet all of life’s expectations.
Thanks for standing with us for one more week in this #PRAY127 challenge. Pray the men who God wants on the Zoom show up. Pray He continues to show us favor. Pray we make a difference for His name’s sake.
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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