Raising Men of Honor
Fatherless boys make up a large proportion of boys alive today in the world. This trend of boys growing up without fathers started moving upward in the 60’s and has continued to climb through the roof. La Moskitia is an area where fathers simply do not exist in the majority of the households. Boys and eventually men have suffered greatly due to this problem, and the problem impacts everyone due to its implications on crime, taxes, and loss of life.
Take a look at these staggering statistics of boys from fatherless homes:
Fatherless boys make up:
- 60 percent of America’s rapists
- 63 percent of American’s youth suicides
- 70 percent of America’s long-term prison inmates
- 70 percent of America’s reform school attendees
- 71 percent of teenage pregnancies
- 71 percent of high school drop outs
- 72 percent of adolescent murderers
- 85 percent of youth prisoners
- 85 percent of youths with behavior disorders
- 90 percent of runaways.
I pray for all the mothers who take on the task of raising their children on their own. Men have been liberated from being men and shucked their responsibilities, freeing themselves of the duties that are required to impact their families. If a young man has no example to follow, where does he turn when it’s his turn to raise children, love a wife, and be man?
Men of Honor (www.themenofhonor.org) works with boys and young men who have no father or father figure in their lives, teaching them how to become a Godly man. I have had the privilege of attending these meetings in the US, spending time with their leadership, and helping start a group here in Puerto Lempira.
Starting a MOH group in Miskito culture has been a difficult task. I thank God for that we have a friend who is a pastor and teacher and is leading the charge in helping me get this great program up and successful. He doesn’t make much money as a teacher, and his church is so small that he makes no money as a pastor. However, Naum has a heart for children, seekers of Christ, and the fatherless. Naum has been on fire in promoting the program not only to boys, but pastors who start their own Men of Honor programs in remote villages throughout La Moskitia.
As I read about, and see the misuse of resources and the abuse of power in companies and governments, I am strengthened by men like Naum who will do the right thing when no one is watching and without worldly reward. He is a great inspiration and example of man that knows God’s call and does everything he can to obey.
Pray for Naum. He faces an enormous challenge in his quest to introduce Biblical truths that conflict with cultural norms. And pray for the future fathers of La Moskitia that are impacted through this ministry!