The Fatherless Project
When our house had burned down, we could only afford to move into the projects. My brothers changed over-night after my parents separated. They went from carrying bibles in church to carrying guns in the hood. They ran away, start using drugs and became incarcerated due to an absent father. By the time I had reached age 8, my brothers had been in and out of jail at least 3 times. Two of my brothers spent hard time in the prison. One of them spent 20 years and my other brother did 10 years. But through prayer and hard work as a family, today, they are all doing well working and taking care of their families living productive and righteous lifestyles.
Look at the statistics on what occurs when the father is absent in the home.
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 71% are high school dropouts
- 68 % smoke, drink, or use drugs
- And 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes
My brother that was incarcerated for 20 years. My family started taking me the first 10 years to visit him at age 8. By 18, I was driving them the last 10 years to visit him. We would go in smiling glad to see him and leave out crying sad to leave him.
NOTE: My brothers were good boys growing up. They didn’t want to live like hoodlums. Sometimes people make mistakes and become examples in a negative way temporarily only to teach you what you shouldn’t being doing.
Wisdom: So don’t be quick to judge others just pray for them that God bless them to see truth and have the strength to pursue it.
Pray at all times because you never know when that special person or family member may decide to change. Don’t give up there is a brighter future ahead for you and yours.
Picture Credits: 1st Image: The University of Chicago Urban Network