HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: NOT ENOUGH DADDIES
God’s Plan for Little Girls
The Bible is clear. All children are a gift of God, even daughters, because His prime directive to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Without females, there is no multiplication. In God’s plan, a son is to leave his father and his mother to cleave to his wife and become one with her (Genesis 2:24). A wife is to be a helpmeet, not mere chattel (Genesis 2:18). Proverbs 31 heralds the value of a good wife which is beyond rubies. This is God’s stance on women. The New Testament takes it even further, admonishing husbands to love their wives, to be willing to lay down their lives for them (Ephesians 5:25).
That’s a far cry from today’s Western culture where women fight for equality and rights, but its even further from the position of women in our target countries. In The Middle East and Central Asia, a daughter is a disappointment, and men brag about beating their wives. Little chance there will be a movement to celebrate fathers in these countries. The fathers celebrate themselves.
Did you know there was no official recognition of Father’s Day in the US until 1972? Mother’s Day was envisioned in 1908 and was made a national holiday in 1914. In 1909 a woman raised by a widower thought fathers also needed recognition. Imagine the love she must have experienced to feel that way!
It took her a year to convince the people of her state to celebrate Dads, but the idea ran into opposition elsewhere. In part, the idea had a slow start because it was not embraced by retailers, and the fathers themselves had a bit of resistance. They thought it might “domesticate manliness,” according to a quote cited by the History Channel. Many people thought the idea of days to celebrate Mom and Dad separately were sexist and there should be a single Parent Day. Even today, 17 countries around the world have a celebration of mothers, while only 10 recognize fathers.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Father’s Day was initiated by the love of a daughter and persisted until it was made a national holiday because of daddies – not because of the ability of a man to sire a child. Daddies love their children, the boys and the girls. They have an affection for them, demonstrated by nurturing and sacrifices. A daddy does not see a daughter as an expensive burden and a potential for shame. A daddy does not want to hide his daughter away, but revels in her uniqueness, beauty, and strength. He wants her to be educated and to enjoy success – and when his daughter has a daughter, the joy is multiplied.
The world needs more daddies, especially the part of the world GHM ministers to. The role of women in these countries is defined by their subservience. The fathers dictate everything, from the clothes they wear, to the religion they will practice, even to the man they will marry. When a woman marries, she goes into the home of her husband where the mother-in-law is a virtual slave driver. A woman’s only hope is to have a son that will one day bring a wife to serve her.
This is not God’s plan. He sent Jesus Christ to offer hope to women. The idea that a man should love his wife was a radical one in the First Century. The fact that Jesus had women among His followers was a scandal. The early church grew because of women like Lydia in Acts.
Our most popular programs are our women’s programs, because they show women the love God has for them as women. And remarkably, these shows are gaining popularity with men because all of us are created with the desire to love and honor one another. It is the Enemy who deceives us into hate and subjugation.
In fact, one of the names of God is “Abba.” Many translations use the formal form of “Father” in the verses where Abba used, but that does not capture the original meaning, which is more in line with “daddy.” In Mark 14:36, Jesus asks Abba if the cup of death could be taken away, in the same tone a child might ask to be spared a difficult task. How wonderful to know, as adopted sons and daughters, we too can turn to our heavenly daddy for comfort and strength when our tasks seem too big.
The world does need more daddies. On Sunday, as you celebrate your father, think of the men and the women in The Middle East and Central Asia. Pray they would come to know our Father Creator through His Son, Jesus Christ. Perhaps our Father is calling on you to partner with us in this crusade to teach the fathers of The Middle East and Central Asia to become daddies.
Help Reap the Harvest
You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation in countries and turn fathers into daddies. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.