The statistics are clear: Fathers matter.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, there are 17.8 million children in the U.S. living without a biological, step, or adoptive father in the home. Research shows when a child is raised in a fatherless home, there is a greater chance of poverty, behavioral problems, and infant mortality risks. These children are more likely to go to prison, commit a crime, get pregnant as teenagers, use drugs and alcohol, and drop out of school.

The affection and support of a father impacts a child’s cognitive and social development and instills a sense of well-being, self-confidence, and happiness. A father’s absence in the home impacts children in numerous and unfortunate ways. A loving and supportive father in the home makes a positive difference in the lives of both children and their mothers.

There is also a close connection to how we view our Heavenly Father based on the relationship that we have with our earthly one. A good father may help inspire trust and faith while an absent or abusive father may project fear, rejection, abandonment, and isolation. The idea of a loving God as our Father can be hard to accept for the fatherless but all the more marvelous when you think about it. God’s grace is sufficient and will never run out on us. We can’t fall to a place His grace can’t reach.

As part of the New Life Mission program, we offer weekly Bible studies for our moms to introduce them to their Heavenly Father. God’s Word is foundational in our program because we know that life transformation first comes from a living relationship with God our Father through Jesus Christ. The architect of the mountains, designer of the galaxies has chosen to be our Father and He delights in us.

While we empower women to self-sufficiency, we also know how critical it is to have father figures in our community stand in the gap for the fatherless. We are looking for a few Godly men to join our team of volunteers to make a difference in the lives of these women and children. We need men who ultimately point to our Father in Heaven who knows all things and still pursues and chooses to call us His.

-Written by Staci Donovan

The Bible reminds us we are not Fatherless
  • Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
  • Psalm 68:5 “God is the father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.”
  • 1 John 3:1 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”


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