MEET THE FAMILY
When Cassie asked me to help him write a book on the issue of fatherlessness I said, “But my passion in ministry is for women.” He replied, “The best thing you can do for women is to give them good fathers.” And so we began a two-year journey to write "The World Needs A Father". The book is a training manual for the global movement to bring heaven home. Not a week goes by that I don’t use the concepts we emphasized and discovered in the writing of it and in the living of it, it is imperative. The Old Testament closes and the New Testament begins with this this mandate:
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers ...” –Malachi 4:5 & Luke 1:17
RICK & MIKI MONTOYA
Rick: As I started to approach mid-life, I had a crisis of purpose. I looked around and saw examples of pain, brokenness and hopelessness. Humanity is broken. Many children live in despair and fear. Our culture often tells men that they don't matter and that masculinity is bad. There is much talk about rights, but very little mention of responsibility. I believe that is the point where culture has gone off the rails. Many men have a deep-seeded need for purpose, to live a life of importance, to do something that matters, and to pick up a burden and carry a load. It is a noble calling. I believe that we have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than we found it. For fathers, the place to start is in our homes, living out Jesus as servant leaders. When Christ came Heaven invaded earth. When we live out Christ, with purpose and intention, we bring heaven home. The World Needs A Father is a global movement that seeks to train both men and women, young and old, parents or not, to move into the gap and live transformed lives of purpose and intention. We can change our world with Christ as our example. Working together we can bring heaven into our neighborhoods, our communities and beyond.
Miki: "Research tells us what we sense as children already in our hearts – we need a father." There is a poem in the book called “Through the Eyes of A Child” – by Brianna K. Sloane. As many times as I have read this poem, I can’t get through it without tears. You see, I was that child research was talking about, and that poem was written as if I was dictating my life without a father to Brianna. What we don’t realize is the damaging effect fatherlessness has on a child. The World Needs a Father movement was started in South Africa and is now in over 50 countries. Fatherlessness is an epidemic that is worldwide and, for us, it starts in our back yard. When God placed this ministry on my husband’s heart, I knew my place was by his side. As a team, we see the need to Bring Heaven Home. As a wife and mother, I believe my role is to come alongside other moms and wives and share the importance of the Mother Design with them, helping them to see the importance of keeping the crown on the father’s head. I believe strongly in our team and the vision of the movement. With God our Father at the helm we are going to change the U.S. one father, mother and family at a time!
ALONZO & TOMIKA TATUM
Alonzo: In my roles as a father, coach and mentor, I have always been cognizant of the weight of those positions. My training in The World Needs a Father, has equipped me with practical tools, guidance and helped build my confidence to carry out these roles with Grace and Compassion. This Movement has given me vision to see and understand that to be "Present" in my home, is not the same as “Having a Presence" in my home. My goal, in my involvement in this movement, is to train men to experience Heaven in their homes not by their own authority, but in understanding, and exercising their God-given authority to serve their families and communities well.
Tomika: As a daughter, a mother and wife, the impact of fatherlessness is one that I am all too familiar with. Having a father in the home, but removed, spiritually and emotionally was a reality I had to face at a very young age. This is true for too many children in homes across this country and globally. The ramifications of fatherlessness has left the lives of many incapable of functioning to their greatest potential. It is not a respecter of race, gender, creed, or socioeconomic status. Fatherlessness DOES NOT discriminate. Having come alongside my husband in becoming a Trainer in "The World Needs a Father" Movement, I have realized that we cannot approach this issue with "Band-Aids" of temporary solutions. Our communities need hope, practical tools, and resources that edify, educate, and empower us to go forth, with BOLDNESS and in the Power of the Holy Spirit, to Bring Heaven Home and to our Communities.
My dad was killed in a car accident on his way home from work 10 days before I was born. That was 53 years ago. When I was young, I always wondered why God took him. I thought he must have been an amazing man for God to take him for a higher purpose. Even though I had a warm home with nothing lacking, I missed my dad. Now that I have a relationship with Jesus, I realize that God didn't take my dad and that the purpose is mine. That purpose is to help boys become true men. When Cassie presented this opportunity, I knew immediately it was part of my God-given purpose. So, here I have the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and serve.