Last Saturday 9 men attended our 2nd kickoff Legacy Event! Brian and I presented the vision of Reclaim and the incredible need for men to understand their God-given identity and purpose. Did you know that the US now leads the world in fatherless families and that 43% of all children in the US live in fatherless homes? That number is staggering. We also learned that there are over 12,000 fatherless families in our county in Colorado alone that have children under the age of 18. Here are some of the results of what happens when a father isn’t present in the home:
- 85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. (CDC)
- 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (US. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (US. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
These men are serious about fathering a revolution to reclaim the hearts of the sons in our country by telling them about the identity and purpose Jesus wants us to experience!
After we shared the vision and discussed how to practically begin identifying the need locally we set out to finish literally reclaiming a piece of ground we are going to use as a meeting/pavilion/cookout area in the future. We rebuilt a picnic table that had not been used in over 20 years, we finished cleaning out another trailer load of junk and then cooked a feast on the outdoor grill. Even a couple of neighbors stopped by to lend a hand! Thank you Jesus for an awesome day!