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A Fatherless Father’s Day: 3 Ways to Turn the Day Around
In the early 2000s, during one Father’s Day, I was teaching the youths in our church to honor their fathers – write a card, buy a gift, do something.
But half of them had an indifferent look. Heart of God Church youths are usually all in and respond loudly, but this time, it was muted.
After the service I talked to some of them and then I understood.
These youths did not have fathers or mothers. Some came from complicated family backgrounds.
I then asked our team to find out how many of our youths belonged to this group. When we saw the numbers, Pastor Lia’s and my heart broke.
Over 200 did not have fathers.
Over 50 did not have mothers.
Over 20 did not have both fathers and mothers.
Since then, Pastor Lia and I have done something for them every Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day): We write and pass them a letter, give them a little gift to direct them to their Heavenly Father.
Father’s Day can be difficult for these youths. At best, it is an awkward day. But over the years, this awkward day has been turned into a special day.
In this article I would like to share some of the letters I have penned in the last two decades… Yes, I literally used a pen (call me a boomer but it’s also more organic. You can read that letter below).
If you are a pastor or leader looking after youths, there may be some of them who don’t have fathers or mothers. I hope these little messages will inspire you to find your own ways of loving and believing in them.
Pastor How’s Father’s Day letter (2016)
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A Fatherless Father’s Day:
3 Ways to Turn the Day Around
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