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Welcome to A Father's Walk!

Welcome to the eNewsletter for A Father’s Walk (AFW)!  We are glad you are joining with us to support and encourage single fathers to invest in the lives of their children. For any single dads living in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area, AFW hosts a weekly small group on Thursday nights from 7:30 – 9 pm at the DOCK ministry building at 4669 S Division St. in Wyoming, MI 49428. If you are interested in joining us sometime, please call Matt at (616) 581-4409.

Our Mission: To help a generation of children grow up with their fathers by equipping and serving all single dads through Jesus Christ.

Our Purpose: To help single dads cope with the everyday pressures of single parenthood. Also, to help reduce statistics by keeping fathers involved with their children.

Back to School!
 

Hey Dads!  Welcome to the eNewsletter of A Father’s Walk for September 2014!

It’s back to school time!  And dads, statistics and research illustrate again and again the crucial influence and impact that a father’s involvement has when it comes to his children’s educational flourishing.

For instance, in homes led by fathers, children are twice as likely to get A’s in their classes if the father is involved in the children’s schoolwork, compared to households where the father is absent or uninvolved with his children’s homework and education.  Preschoolers with fathers who are involved in their education and homework statistically have stronger verbal skills. [1]  If fathers have loving and strong relationships with their daughters, then the girls are more likely to perform in mathematics. [2]  Even when non-custodial fathers are actively involved in the educational life of his children, they are more likely to receive A’s in their classes.[3]  And studies have shown that when fathers are involved in their children’s education when they are young, they demonstrate a significant increase in problem solving, curiosity, and confidence in their analytical skills.[4]
So dads, your involvement matters!  Even if it’s talking with your kid(s) about school, or helping them with a homework problem, your participation in their education will pay significant dividends.
And dads, your educational involvement in the lives of your children shouldn’t stop there.  Fathers are especially ordained by God to take the lead when it comes to the spiritual and biblical instruction of children.  Paul’s letter to the fathers at the church in Ephesus is an message that remains applicable for single dads today: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4 NASB).
In Deuteronomy, God spoke these words to the Israelites, commanding them to submit to His Word and teach His commandments to their children.

“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.” (Deut. 11:18-21).
Dads, there are many temporal and earthly benefits of your involvement in your children’s education. These are certainly important.  But even more crucial are the manifold spiritual and eternal benefits of praying with and for your kids, attending church with them, and instructing them in the Word.
 
 
[1] Radin, N., 1982, “Primary Caregiving and Role-Sharing Fathers,” in Non- Traditional Families: Parenting and Child Development, edited by M. Lamb, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 173–204.
[2] Radin, N., and Russell, G., 1983, “Increased Father Participation and Child Development Outcomes,” in Fatherhood and Family Policy, edited by M.E. Lamb and A. Sagi, Hillside, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 191–218.
[3] National Center for Education Statistics. October 1997. Fathers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools; National Household Education Survey. NCES 98-091R2. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.
[4] Pruett, Kyle D. 2000. Fatherneed: Why Father Care is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child. New York: Free Press.

 
Upcoming Events
 

Small Group Starts Back Up September 4th!

West Michigan single dads: Our Thursday night small group will once again resume from our short summer break and be back in full swing beginning Sept 4th at 7:30pm. We have a great opening few weeks planned, so be sure to join us! Location is The DOCK ministry: 4669 S Division in Wyoming. For more information please call (616) 581-4409 or email afatherswalk@gmail.com. Hope to see you all out there!

Second Annual "Super DADS" (Dads Against Dangerous Sleep)

The Healthy Kent Initiative and Dads Count! of Kent County are pleased to once again host our annual Super DADS event on Tuesday September 23rd. This is a FREE event and open to ALL fathers, future fathers, and father-figures in the Grand Rapids area. Location is the ICCF (920 Cherry SE) and the event goes from 5:45-8pm. Dinner is complimentary as well, and there will be tons of great information and fun for everyone! For more information and to register, please email Matt at afatherswalk@gmail.com.

Heart CORe conference

A Father's Walk is blessed to be partnering with 1Corinthians13 Parenting on their first annual Heart CORe conference on November 1 in Minneapolis, MN! Please join us for an amazing day of praise, fellowship, and some wonderful teachings from multiple keynote and breakout speakers. For more information please visit http://www.1corinthians13parenting.com/.
 

From the Founder
 

Over the past few months I have witnessed some wonderful examples of just how important a father (or father figure) is in a child's life. Personally, I have been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to mentor an amazing young man here in Grand Rapids. The past eight months have been a growing season for both of us, but I can tell you with full assurance that the time we have together ahead is only going to get better and better. I have seen tremendous growth in my mentee since January: physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. And I will let you know that this is not a one-way street. This young man has taught me a new level of commitment and dedication; and showed to me that sometimes even the smallest acts of kindness on our part can have huge impacts on another's life.

With that being said, I challenge any man out there who is physically and spiritually able to pour into the life of an at-risk or fatherless youth to do so. In our upcoming book The Daddy Gap, my coauthor Dawn Walker and I lay out the devastation fatherlessness causes in our world, the Church's role in it all, and the hope, salvation, and restoration that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Look for The Daddy Gap to be released very soon!
Stay connected with AFW on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @AFW4Him. For more information on the ministry and to follow our blog, please visit www.afatherswalk.org.
Be sure to join us on November 1st for the first annual 1Corinthians 13 Parenting "Heart CORe" conference in Minneapolis! For more information please visit www.1corinthians13parenting.com.
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