Is There not a Cause?
We say it in passing every day expecting an honest answer, “How are you doing today?” But the answer I received last week took me off guard. I saw Ms. D walking towards me. A joyful African American woman with a magnetic smile, “How are you doing today Ms. D?” Uncharacteristically she responded, “Oh, not great today I suppose.” She told me that she had just attended her nephew’s funeral who was killed by gang violence. His name was Derek. She went on to tell me some of his story. Derek’s mother moved him, his younger brother, and two sisters to Tucson, Arizona to be closer to family and a work opportunity. She said he was a good boy who always had a smile on his face. He liked basketball and music. What happens so often in the lives of young teenage boys is their need for peer acceptance. Derek began hanging around the wrong crowd. Over the next year Derek got involved with a gang. He and three others were shot and killed by an opposing gang. After the funeral there was a picnic reception gathering at a local Tucson park. Ms. D said, “Something told me not to go,” so she didn’t attend the picnic. A rival gang opened fire on those attending the small reception, which killed yet another person and inflicted multiple injuries.
In the bible, King David faced an insurmountable challenge. The giant of his day said to the fearful around him, “Is there not a cause?” That question rings true today when we hear real-life stories about boys like Derek and many other young men and women. The statistics in our society are overwhelming and tells us, indeed there is a cause near to the heart of God, fatherlessness.
The U.S. Dept. of Health/Census reports that 47.6 percent of all young in America live in fatherless homes, which does not include those men who live in the same household, but are absent or distant from their children emotionally. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept. of Health/Census) – .87% of all gang involved adolescents are from fatherless homes.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of young people like Derek and others who need guidance, encouragement and help discovering their God-given purpose in life.
America’s Fatherless Foundation is committed to networking with great organizations like The Men and Women of Honor, Hope and A future, The Christian Men’s network, A-21 and organizations, churches and families who want to reach those of have been impacted by fatherlessness.
The late Albanian nun, Mother Teresa, instructs and inspires each of us when she said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
Help us reach a fatherless generation by partnering with us, as we together with numerous organizations reach and change one life at a time!
– Tom Moffett, CEO America’s Fatherless Foundation