It's a Wednesday, like the Wednesday last week, the one before that and the one before that. In fact there have been hundreds like it. A group of boys will gather tonight around a man. And he will care for them.
It's a throwback, an anachronism in today's genderless society. Royal Ambassadors - a boy's only group.
Kind of like fatherhood is.
But it matters to those boys.
Joe Stoy matters. Larry Powell matters. Michael Weech matters.
There are men like them in churches all over. They don't get much "press", their name isn't on the sign. The Southern Baptist Convention will never call them to the microphone, but they've spoken on their behalf all those years.
The boys that gather around Joe and Michael are mostly neighborhood kids who go back to homes where dad may or may not be present. If there's a man there, chances are he's not committed to "until death do us part" to the boy's Mom, and her kids are somewhere below that level of un-commitment.
The Bible tells us to train up children in the way they should go. How will they know the way without people who care? How will a boy find that Jesus is the way unless someone they trust can share His love?
As I'm sitting here praying for tonight, I'm thanking God for Joe Stoy, Larry Powell, and Michael Weech who are giving of themselves each week to help boys become godly men.
You should too.
Grace and peace,
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