"For every thousand men hacking at the branches of evil, there is one striking at the root." Henry David Thoreau
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Rewriting the Story
Homelessness, poverty, addiction, incarceration, teen pregnancy, high-school dropouts… these are the branches of the evil root of the fatherless epidemic. MENTORING MATTERS is an organization whose mission is to rewrite the story of the fatherless generation through mentoring. In 2010, Donald Miller (best-selling author of BLUE LIKE JAZZ), wrote a Field Guide for mentors and launched THE MENTORING PROJECT (thementoringproject.org) to help address the fatherless crisis. To date, they have matched more than 2,000 men with fatherless boys around the country. We at MENTORING MATTERS have partnered with his organization in western North Carolina to affect change in our community.
MENTORING MATTERS is joining forces with churches, civic organizations, schools and city representatives to end the list of fatherless boys waiting for a mentor. We have partnered locally with BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS and THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. We RECRUIT and EQUIP men and then MATCH them with the waiting fatherless through these partners Our training is simply based on three things: LOVE, MODEL, COACH. To LOVE a fatherless boy is as simple as SHOWING UP in his life for 4 hours per month (there are 737 hours in a month). To MODEL manhood to that boy is to live out an ethical and character-driven presence – not with your mouth, but in your walk and actions. Eventually, that fatherless child will look to you, vulnerably, as a COACH. This gives you a treasured opportunity to speak into his life. It’s really that simple to change the trajectory of a child’s life.
Mentoring Matters is an organization devoted to ending fatherlessness in our communities through mentoring. A few like-minded, passionate men, have come together to organize a movement to pair men from our faith community up with boys who do not have a strong male role model in the home. It is our goal to join forces with churches, civic organizations, schools, and our city officials to end the list of fatherless boys waiting for a mentor. Please consider praying for us and joining Mentoring Matters where your affect can be exponential!