In the community of Armenia Bonito most kids do not live in the same house as their father. We know families that consist of a mom and five kids, all from different dads. In Honduras 80% of birth certificates do not have a father’s name. The problem of absentee fathers is epic.
It then comes as no surprise to see teen boys as fathers at 13 or 14 years old. It comes as no surprise to attend churches with congregations that are 90% women. It comes as no surprise to see young boys following in the footsteps of their fathers and running from their responsibilities.
By teaching weekly discipleship classes Mike is investing in the future men of Honduras. Each week these boys receive frank discussions about bible topics, research the scriptures, talk about application in their lives and talk to Mike about what it means to be biblical man. Mike is working closely with Carlos, Clinton and Marcos.
Biblical men respect women, love the Lord and provide for their families. Mike has told these boys, “Yes, your father may be gone and may have left you, but don’t let your children feel the same pain you have.” The role of the father is clear in the bible (Malachi 4:6, Psalm 103:13, Proverbs 3:11-12, Ephesians 6:4), but most of these boys have never experienced a loving father.
Last week Mike and the boys talked about our Lord being a “Personal God.” This week the topic is “Christ As My Model.” Please pray that these boys allow Mike to go deep into their lives. Pray that these discipleship classes are a time where these boys feel they can ask the hard questions.