It took a crisis of faith for Lonnie Berger to really understand what helping men meant.
Berger always had a vision for evangelism, mentorship, and discipleship. He went the traditional route of training in Bible school, serving as a Gospel worker in Communist Romania and finally getting involved in his home church.
However, he soon noticed that the men he wanted to help at home were bored. His dream of mentoring men in his church crashed hard on the rocks of reality.
Lectures on theology weren’t cutting it. Men’s breakfasts and camping trips were fun but shallow. He knew the men in his church longed for something more authentic and practical. His friends desperately needed something to help them succeed in life.
Finally, Berger did the obvious thing. He was giving them what they needed, but he decided to ask them what they wanted. “One time I stopped the Bible study and said, ‘Men, tell me what’s going on in your life.’ ” It was like taking a drink from a fire hose. The needs came in a torrent. “They told me how their marriages were hurting. Their children weren’t doing well. Money was tight. Work was awful, and some admitted that they use pornography as a way of escape.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for biblical truth to encourage hearts.
- Pray that the programs strengthen families.
- Ask God to embolden these men to be the best fathers, husbands and disciples that they can be,