The Extent of Fatherlessness
Psalms 68:5, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.”
According to the National Center for Fathering
More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency. Here are a few shocking statistics:
- An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.
- Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.
- 57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.
- According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
When I first heard these figures I wish I could say I was shocked-instead I shook my head in this sad reality. What does this mean for me? What can I do? I felt and often times still feel helpless. Good news is that you are not helpless! God has and is mobilizing His body (The Church) to be the hands and feet of Jesus. There are literally to many Bible verses on serving the widow, orphans, and the poor, but here is a Bible link of some: https://www.openbible.info/topics/widows_and_orphans
Mission: Possible! Austin believes we can help break the cycle of poverty in East Austin. We create programs as venues to connect and equip the body of Christ (the Church) for Christ-centered relationships to form. We believe it is through the Holy Spirit people have real life transformation. This work is only done if, we as Christians, are walking in obedience to God. This means loving God and people.
We support the community by providing Biblically based services to children and their families within the inner-city community. We provide volunteering opportunities, mentoring services and internship possibilities to help them build a sustainable future and create stability in their lives. We are committed to working with partners that will help children and hi-risk youth become sustainable community members that contribute to society, complete a higher education, find applicable employment, and become the leaders in their families and community.We challenge the status-quo by attempting to raise the norms of the community as we continually evaluate how to improve our ministries and partnerships to better meet the needs of families and their children in the inner-city. We seek to honor God in our acts of mercy so that our efforts reflect and bring Glory to Him.
The epidemic of fatherlessness can be broken by the Church. We believe the door into the family is through investing in the life of children. With the increasing number of premarital births and a continuing high divorce rate, the proportion of children living with just one parent rose from 9.1% in 1960 to 20.7% in 2012. Currently, 55.1% of all black children, 31.1% of all Hispanic children, and 20.7% of all white children are living in single-parent homes. You can be part of the solution! By supporting Mission: Possible! Austin you can help break the cycle of poverty in East Austin! From the womb to the elderly Mission: Possible! Austin has a program to meet the need. You can act now by giving or through volunteering.
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