It is no secret that my main ministry passion is in reaching the fatherless.
My heart beats a little faster when I think of the fatherless.
I feel truly called to reach this generation of confused fatherless children, teens and young adults.
Maybe you are thinking, "wait, you just called the fatherless confused?"
Yes, they are confused.
They need guidance.
I know this because I am fatherless too.
My own dad left when I was around 10 months old and he never came back.
Being fatherless is devastating to children and teens.
If you don't believe me then just look at the statistics:
- “I have worked with thousands of homosexuals. I have never seen a homosexual who had a loving respectful relationship with his father.” - Dr. Joseph Nicolosi
- “Boys who grow up in father absent homes are more likely than those in father present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.” - P.L. Adams, J.R. Milner, Fatherless Children
- “85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.” – U. S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census
- “80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.” - Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14
- Sex & Abortion:
- “Adolescent females between the ages of 15 and 19 years reared in homes without fathers are significantly more likely to engage in premarital sex than adolescent females reared in homes with both a mother and a father.” – Contextual Effects on the Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Women, Journal of Marriage and Family 56 (1994)
- “A white teenage girl from an advantaged background is five times more likely to become a teen mother if she grows up in a single-mother household than if she grows up in a household with both biological parents.” – Facing the Challenges of Fragmented Families, The Philanthropy Roundtable.
- “In studies involving over 25,000 children using nationally representative data sets, children who lived with only one parent had lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, poor attendance records, and higher dropout rates than students who lived with both parents.” – Sara McLanahan, Gary Sandefur, Growing Up With a Single Parent: What Hurts, What Helps.
- Abuse & Addictions:
- “Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse.” – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Survey on Child Health.
- “Teenagers living in single-parent households are more likely to abuse alcohol and at an earlier age compared to children reared in two-parent households.” – The Effects of Family Cohesiveness and Peer Encouragement on the Development of Adolescent Alcohol Use. A Cohort-Sequential Approach to the Analysis of Longitudinal Data, Journal of Studies on Alcohol 55 (1994)
- “The absence of the father in a home affects significantly the behavior of adolescents and results in the greater use of alcohol and marijuana.” – Deane Scott Berman, Risk Factors Leading to Adolescent Substance Abuse, Adolescence 30 (1999)
- “Three out of four teenage suicides occur in households where a parent has been absent.” – Jean Bethke Elshtain, Family Matters: The Plight of America’s Children. The Christian Century (July 1993)
- Additional Information:
- “Children whose parents separate are significantly more likely to engage in early sexual activity, abuse drugs, and experience conduct and mood disorders. This effect is especially strong for children whose parents separated when they were five or younger.” – Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 33 (1994)
- “Fatherless Children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality.” – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Survey on Child Health, Washington, DC, 1993.
The key to doing something about these issues in many circumstances is in reaching the fatherless before they add to the statistics.
Still not convinced?
- We are commanded to “visit the fatherless” in James 1:27 and the fatherless are spoken of in several other locations throughout Scripture, but how many churches and individuals are actually reaching them?
- The issues above affect all of us in one way or another at some point. We must do our part in reaching the fatherless in our circles of influence.
So where do you start?
- Consider becoming one of our partners! We are looking for one church in every county of the United States to partner with us! This partnership includes training, help and resources for properly ministering to the fatherless families in your church and community. Click the following link to find out more about becoming a ministry partner: Partner!
- Share our resources specifically for the fatherless that can be found in our store here.
- Direct the fatherless teens and young adults that you know to our new website, app and brand that is launching soon: GodismyDad.com
Whether you partner with us or not, but I really hope you will, please pray about reaching the fatherless around you in some way or another. We cannot wait any longer. The fatherless need to know that they can have a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father through trusting in Jesus!
-Pastor Sean Teis