I am praying for a man who knows the value of vision, direction, focus, and setting goals. I am praying for a man who can mentor other young men to evaluate their gifts, talents, abilities, personality, passions, and experiences so that they can search for the Lord’s heart and discover the plan the Lord has for their life.
I am praying for a man with “Real world” experience, and who knows how to live independently and responsibly… Who knows how to be responsible for his finances, his time, and his relationships… and can teach that to other young men.
I am praying for a man who has wisdom in his relationships. Not only relationships with those in authority over him, but also in relationship with women… A man who can will counsel other young men on God’s desire for marriage and a future family. Maybe he is married, maybe not, but he has a Biblical basis for Godly relationships and can lead goody, and often girl-crazy young guys on that honorable path.
I am praying for a man who understands the value of hard work. A man who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and a man who can walk alongside young men who are growing and looking forward to independence. I pray for a man that is respected. A man who God has imparted His wisdom and whose character is respected by others. Who can keep young men accountable to their word, and who will teach them how to become self-disciplined when working towards a goal.
I pray for a man who has patience with those who are stubborn, struggling, wounded, and often distant. I am praying for a man who isn’t afraid to push others in a healthy direction- even when it is difficult and messy…. A guy who can handle broken pasts and struggles… A man who is solid and won’t be shaken by struggles of others.
Now, the thing is, I am NOT looking for this man for myself. Sorry! I am looking for this man to come and devote time to the boys in our Discipleship Program (DHouse). The Lord has really laid it upon my heart to pray for a man to come and pour into our DHouse guys. Here is a short description of the DHouse Program:
This program is for boys in the homes that have turned 18 and need two years to be mentored as they learn a vocational skill. These young men will be given more freedom and more responsibilities. They remain on the land in Bombo, but in a separate home. An uncle, whose family also lives in the home, mentors the boys as they learn to be more independent. A primary goal of this project is to allow them to appreciate the value of hard work as they approach the age of accountability. The final goal is for the young men to obtain jobs within the community and become responsible young men who are contributing positively to their society.”
We also have a DHouse in the city, for older street boys. We have two young men who are too old to be in a children’s home, but show passion and drive for success in their life. They desire to make a change and not continue living in the slums for the rest of their life. They begin by living at our Volunteer House (VH) where I stay, and they work to earn an allowance. One of them will soon be entering into a vocational training – thanks to an incredible sponsor in the U.S.! And one of them is continuing to work as the cook at our street programs until we feel he is ready to launch into an vocational program.
Please, please, join me in these prayers. I do not pray for an American man or a Ugandan man in particular, but for a godly man. For the right man that God is preparing for this ministry.
This DHouse program is such a critical time for these young men. I feel like the DHouse is the “make it or break it” time in their lives. They can either learn to be self-disciplined and driven, or they will simply float around, unmotivated, unfocused, and then end up falling into the pit of struggle. I hope you can see how incredibly critical this time period is for these young men, and I pray that you will join me in a prayer.
Please join me in prayer. And please pass along this post to someone you think may be feeling the Lord’s tug towards a ministry to young men… Please repost it with a note onto your FaceBook.. or share it with a friend or email it to someone!
Love to you all. I am so incredibly thankful for your prayers and support. The Lord could not use me for this work without you.
My sweet boy, Vicent…
In 2012 when I was leaving for the airport, he was my escort. He held my hand the whole way...Often in silence. He is a special boy. And I love him dearly.