“The Importance of Fatherhood” by Ross Phillips

This post comes from the MentorKids Kentucky blog.

From their website: “We exist to love at-risk children by providing a Christian adult of character and vision to become their role models and companions. We match Christian adults with youth from the community who are lacking a father/mother (or sometimes both) and are in need of a positive role model.”

This subject really hits me hard because I didn’t grow up with a dad and what little interaction I’ve had with him has been pretty bad. But as I was studying for a sermon I preached, I found statistics about fatherless homes. As I read with tear-filled eyes, I praised the Lord that I didn’t fall into these stats, but it broke my heart knowing that so many more in my situation did. Here are just a few that I used in the sermon:

  • 63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes
  • 90% of homeless come from fatherless homes
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
  • Youth from fatherless homes are more likely to use drugs, drink, and engage in sexual activities.
  • Individuals from fatherless homes are more likely to have a marriage end in divorce.
  • The number of single mothers has tripled since 1960.
  • 24 million kids (34% of children) in America are fatherless.

There is a need for fathers–for Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, God-fearing, God-following, humble, loving fathers.

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