Our lives have been turned upside down in the midst of COVID-19. Suddenly everything that we knew to be normal has now been redefined. Fathers are needed now to help provide stability to their families while we navigate through this pandemic. POPS is here to help give you some guidance and support.
The first goal of any father is to make sure that his family is protected. He is the protector from the unknown. He makes his home a safe place. The saying, “there is no place like home” is so true today. Our homes must be a place of safety and comfort. While we are all spending more time together at home, be sure that the time you are together is meaningful. Make sure that each day you find time to connect with one another. See how your children are feeling. It’s ok to let them know that you may have some anxious thoughts too, but you trust in God’s word. 1 Peter 5:7, says “Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you.”
Currently, things may seem out of control, there is not the usual order of events anymore. Perhaps you had a daily schedule with your family, now is the time to set up a new routine. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” Take control of your home life and make sure that each day your children have a set schedule. Of course, you will need to be flexible, but spending time with daily chores teaches responsibilities. Expecting that your child will read or do some sort of academic work will help their educational growth during this pandemic. In addition, always make sure to have some fun activities planned. Let your children help you plan a meal, or do some sort of fun family time. This is the moment to create family memories. Family bonding moments will last a lifetime.
Fathers can provide for their families in a variety of ways, whether it is financially, emotionally, or spiritually. However, the most important way a father can provide for his family is by just being there, be present! Your love, and attention is key to the healthy development of your child. During this pandemic, one of the main ways in which a father can provide is by keeping a positive attitude. This will be your biggest challenge, and yet one that will leave an invaluable impression on your child. Who would you rather your child remember during this pandemic, a father who was always negative or a father who started out each day with a smile and a positive thought? Be grateful for what you have and know that God will provide for all your needs. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Fathers are the stabilizers of the home. Children look to their fathers to be the anchor in the storm. The one who keeps calm and has a positive attitude. Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Our hope is in nothing less that Jesus Christ, He is the anchor in the storms of life. Fathers need to be intentional in their leadership styles using the examples of Jesus Christ as he led the disciples through the storms in the New Testament, with a calm and caring heart.
You are not only an amazing Father, but a super POPS!
When the girls at Ridgewood School decided to hold a Father-Daughter dance they never knew the impact of that decision. Deepening the relationship with their own fathers was the primary goal but they didn't really understand it was up to the dads to build the girls self-image and what it means to be treated like a princess. They also did not realize that when they chose Urban Light Ministries as their organization to donate their proceeds of the event they were also touching the lives of many other families and building the bonds between fathers and their children. The proceeds raised will be used for ULM's work with fathers and the Father Love program. The last Father Love workshop that was just completed this week touched more than 45 male participants. Some were dads others were learning what it means to be a POPS (protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer) for their families. Within the 13 weeks, there was an improvement of over 22% of the awareness of what it means to be an effective POPS. Thanks, Ridgewood School for the generosity and making an impact.
Rev. Eli Williams of Springfield, Ohio might be described as a modern-day renaissance man. He is a paster; a business owner; an author; and a founder and CEO of Clark County's Urban Light Ministries. Williams is also the writer, producer, and host of the Hot Gospel 20 (a weekly syndicated gospel music countdown show heard worldwide (www.hotgospel20.com). . . . To read more of the article "A Father's Love," published in the 2019 Spring Edition of "On A Mission" magazine click on the link below to download a copy of the article. For a complete copy of the magazine go to www.womenonamission.net.
POPS 101 Class Starts February 28th
Are you the best dad you can be? Do you have the skills to be the best protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer to your family? Sign up for this interactive session with other dads and learn how to be the best POPS you can be.
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What: Celebrate Simunye!
When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio
December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning. At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address. They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”. This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.
Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples, and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively.
Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premier of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership. Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.
Some members of Simunye (left to right, front to back: Sam Bryant, David Cotto, Dr. Murray Murdock, Eli Williams, Bobby Hile, Stephen Massey, Earnest Brown)
As our minds and hearts turn to this festive and giving time of year, please consider Urban Light Ministries as one of your selected donations. All donations are tax deductible and will make an impact on many families in the community. Please take a moment to read ElI Williams, President of Urban LIght Ministries, fourth quarter letter. Please click here to review the letter.
Thank you for your support both monetary and prayers.
Congratulations to Eli Williams who was highlighted in this months edition of Springfield Living Magazine.
To see a copy of the page please click here.
Urban Light Ministries would like to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel Blevins and Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for their generous donation and matching gift of $5000. As a non-profit that provides free programs to Clark and Montgomery County fathers and youth, donations are the lifeblood of our existence to continue the efforts in one of the most critical challenges in society today - the absence of a father's in a child's life. Thank you to all those that participated and contributed in Urban Light Ministries Taste of the Holiday event.
On October 25, 2018 Eli Williams received the Modern Woodman of America Hometown Hero Award for the Springfield Chapter. The award is to recognize individuals that make a positive impact on the community. Eli Williams founded Urban Light Ministries over 25 years ago and has to continued to help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.