“Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” – Psalm 8:2
90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
“Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:2-6
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”- Proverbs 22:6
85% of youth in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
We all love to hear stories about children who grew up in difficult situations but overcame adversity to achieve something great. Unfortunately, for many youth, their truth is that the life that they grow up in is the only life they know. When they see drug use, violence, and poverty during the most vulnerable time in their life, they grow up to continue the cycle.
We are called to help raise children in the Word of the Lord. The Bible says that if we do, we can raise them to continue to live Christ-like lives as adults. So what do we do to stop these youth from becoming a statistic?
We stop the cycle.
Our Father’s Project, a relational ministry that provides mentoring and discipleship for youth in urban Columbus, strives to do just that.
Each week, the group meets on Fridays nights to “play sports and games together, enjoy a family meal, pray and learn practical lessons from scripture. Many who get involved describe The Project as family.” -ourfathersproject.org
The Project also helps youth in southern Columbus by offering clothes, medical treatments and Christmas gifts. They also offer experiences that a father might provide for his son, like a trip to the State Fair, bowling, or a sporting event.
Some of the youth that grew up with The Project now mentor the next generation. Clearly the program is making an impact!
“You and I have a story to tell. We are changing future generations, one life at a time.” -ourfathersproject.org
Crossroads.TV has partnered with Our Father’s Project to help meet the needs of these young men. During Impact week, we are providing an opportunity to Crossroaders to see what Our Father’s Project is all about. On Friday, July 22nd, Crossroads will be joining The Project by hanging out with the kids and listening to a sermon with them. Afterwards, we’ll feed them dinner and then play basketball.
“The teens that belong to Our Father’s Project are experiencing spiritually and practically that there is hope for a better life now. They know their future is not determined by their current circumstances, nor is their future bound by generations of fatherlessness, destructive behavior and poverty. They are living and growing in a relationship with our Father God, and they have Christian leaders who are involved in their lives, as an earthly father would be. Our teens are loved.” – ourfathersproject.org
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4.
With your help, we can stop the cycle. For more information, please visit impactweek.com
-Penny Baldwin, Lithopolis Campus