Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

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Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit knows that God is an advocate for the fatherless, the widow, and the orphan. The scripture is replete with admonition to not forget these individuals.

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” –Zechariah 7:9-10

My son, Isaac, holding his son, Tiberius (Ty), June 2014.

My son, Isaac, holding his son, Tiberius (Ty), June 2014.

Why is this important to God?

Commissioning dads to play God’s role on earth, God desires that fathers take on the following attributes in providing for their children:

  • educator
  • wage earner
  • role model
  • protector

What happens when this role is not fulfilled?

  • vulnerability
  • loss of role model
  • loss of stability
  • reduction of household earnings

Teaching the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at Highline Community College helped the teachable spirit understand how a young widow might feel upon the death of her husband. This is her perspective:

The person I am now is a 22 year old single parent. I am very independent and have succeeded in getting my own apartment and car. When I look back ten years ago, I was twelve years old. All I did was life life with no worries. I was into school and sports such as basketball, track, and soccer. Now, ten years later, I am worried about how I am going to pay bills or buy food to put in the refrigerator. I am not just living life anymore. I have to think about how I am going to raise my son now that his father passed away. I have been through a lot the past ten years of my life. I have had some real traumatic situations thrown at me and be so young. I realized it has made me grow up a lot. I feel it has only made me stronger and wiser for future situations.

–Lauren Poole, Highline Community College, 2006

One of the children of Ingrid that is receiving an education, uniform, and a meal, January 2013.

One of the children of Ingrid receiving an education, uniform, and a meal, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

The impact of children without a father is felt most keenly in the Matopeni Quarry slum area of Nairobi. While mom crushes rock to make a salary of $27 USD a month, her children are left to fend for themselves, without proper supervision,  good nutrition, or hope for education. Ingrid Education Centre desires to fill the gap, and provide a safe haven for children while mom is working. Their vision is:

To build a society where needy and vulnerable children are given the necessary love and care essential for growth. We aim to promote the social integration of orphaned and needy children in Kayole/Matopeni who are in urgent need of love and care.

Standing with instructors of Ingrid proudly holding their certificates of completion from the conference I conducted, February 2013.

Standing with instructors of Ingrid proudly holding their certificates of completion from the conference I conducted, February 2013.

Visiting the school in January/February of 2013, I found that the children were happy to be part of this thriving community, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to grasp the opportunity provided by Ingrid. Providing professional development to the instructors of Ingrid, commending them for their work, and supporting them in this endeavor was the purpose of my trip. Referring them to scripture, I pointed out that,

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. –James 1:27

Ingrid Education Centre's first 8th grade class posing with their parents, guardians, and teachers, March 2014.

Ingrid Education Centre‘s first 8th grade class posing with their parents, guardians, and teachers, March 2014.

Currently, the school is in its eighth year, which means that this year will be the first year Ingrid has an eighth grade class taking the exams prior to continuing in high school. Supporting a child for an entire year costs $180, or $15 per month, which pays for:

  • uniforms
  • textbooks
  • schooling
  • at least one meal a day

Take action today to help one fatherless child by participating in the work Ingrid is endeavoring to do.

Today is the day to sponsor one of the children of Ingrid Education Centre and encourage the development of the teachable spirit by contacting Douglas Monene via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com. 

 

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