Early mornings are the best time for prayer walks. Parents are walking their children to school. Crossing guards are smiling and greeting neighbors. People are getting into their cars and headed to work. The sun has just risen and the Texan heat hasn’t hit yet.
One early morning, Agape staff set out on a prayer walk. We prayed for each person and home that we passed.The Spirit moved us to begin praying for fathers and grandfathers to be faithful community leaders. We prayed for the boys of the community to grow up into strong godly men.
We even prayed for the homes with absent fathers; that spiritual fathers would arise for the fatherless. Sadly, single mom households are common in our community. “Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems.” [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999] How do we prevent this statistic from being true in our community?
We see a positive impact on a child’s behavior when they have a healthy relationship with a male Christian role model. Taylor Trepinski is the only male Backyard Bible Club (after school program) staff . A volunteer was watching Taylor interact with the kids and noted “All the kids copy Taylor. From his attitude to the way he greets people to the specific words he says. Taylor does something and one by one each kid also does it. The kids imitate his Christ-like behavior.” This is how we prevent that statistic! Positive role models.
At the end of our prayer walk, a man walked by in a tee shirt that read “World’s Goodest Grandfather!” We took this as a sign from God that he had heard our prayers. He is supplying Christ like fathers, grandfathers, and spiritual fathers to this community.
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