Shepherd Center Update (download and read offline).
Shepherd Center Update: Fathers in the Home. Fathers in the Congregations. Fathers in the State Houses.
God has been most gracious, the world has been most demanding, and the enemy of our progress has been most interruptive. Well, is that not a description of normal life of a purposeful Christian? There is nothing good or bad or wonderful or horrid about that. The battle is engaged. God always wins. But, the battles must be engaged.
God’s Progress Just These Last Weeks
. A gentlemen graciously funded six weeks of an administrative assistant. Given in full. That is exactly how many weeks until the first “FEARLESS” weekend hosted at Eagles’ Crest.
. Tammy Matthews has graciously agreed to be a “missionary” with PrayerMetro as that administrative assistant along with continuing as our Prayer Chaplain.
. The National Center for Fathering committed to sending a “networking” agreement in consideration of our brainstorm. This can enable nationwide engagement in collective thrust with OKC being the first such networked city.
. SALLT and pastors across the city are coming together in support of fathering the fatherless in foster care and possibly other areas. Would it not be wonderful if the heart of The Father would infect the Church to walk alongside Him in fathering the fatherless in foster care, in fatherless homes (34%), and in fathered homes where the fathers are abusive, apathetic, disengaged, or just unfathered themselves?
.The OCADVSA has asked me to serve as a co-chair. Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
. We are in initial conversations to build a WatchDog program for a 65% fatherless zone school using churches to seed the initiation. The principal is ready. Now I need faith churches with compassionate men.
. Contacts from She’s Somebody’s Daughter stirred my soul and we will provide prayer covering for their October emphasis in OKC. OKC will be the national starting point of this thrust.
. Planning for “FEARLESS” weekend number one on the west side of Oklahoma City is moving forward.
. Techies are working on installing a server to consolidate all these activities away from my laptop.
The World’s Demands
. One of the contracts on which I am working is increasing in demand for time and attention. It is a normal progression and most certainly ordained of God for this season in my life. Yet, the tangle is tough and troubling and time consuming. 50+ hours working alongside 30+ with the Shepherd Center is getting old.
. Normal items around the home are going untended while the battle rages from early morning to late at night. They need my attention.
. Good contract situations are developing for writing and marketing that can support me while the Center is building support for fathers in the home (dads), fathers in the congregations (pastors), and fathers in the state houses (legislators).
The enemy’s push.
. Handling the juggling of 50lb basketballs, tugs on my peace of mind and smile. He comes to steal the joy, kill the progress, and destroy the transformation. Some days are accomplished through moving one foot in front of the other with absolute trust that God will bring support to enable the Shepherd Center to flourish.
How to Pray:
The blessing of the Lord is rich. He is good to all. His tender mercies cover all His works.
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
In Him I live and move and have my being.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
The King of all Kings is my employer. There is more than enough to supply all my needs in Christ Jesus.
All my needs include finances, home life, enjoyment, property, health, progress, and family.