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Fatherless Homes At Risk

Some sobering statistics:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes–U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census
  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes–Center for Disease Control
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes–Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes–National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools
  • 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes–U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home–Fulton County Georgia jail populations & Texas Dept. of Corrections

Translating these – Children from a fatherless home are:

  • 5 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 32 times more likely to run away
  • 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
  • 14 times more likely to commit rape
  • 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
  • 9 times more likely to end up in a state operated institution
  • 20 times more likely to end up in prison

HT: Kurt Johnston

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An Awakening

A 14-year-old girl who has been through our Bible discussion groups gave us permission to share this poem that she wrote.

Dear God,

Today was a new day

ending like the last

full of sad memories

hitting all so fast

when I wake up

I hate the way realty sinks in

The pain, the guilt

And the anger within

and I pray to you

When I don’t even know you’re there

But I need something, n-e thing

Someone to show me they care

I’m so lost, if you are there

I need a little guidance, please

A little faith, just some hope

To set my demons to ease

I’m not asking for a miracle

or a whole new start

Just 4 a candle

in this lingering dark

I need a release

of this evil within

& so I end my prayer

with a brief – AMEN

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By Shane Vander Hart 

I’m currrently blogging on a book that I am reading called UnChristian: What A New Generation Thinks About Christianity… And Why It Matters by David Kinnaman of the Barna Research Group and Gabe Lyons of the Fermi Project.  This gives us a pretty good peak into the minds of the high school kids that we work with.

You can read the posts here, and please join in on the conversation by leaving a comment.

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Teens & the Internet Seminar

There is an awesome online workshop opportunity to learn more about teens & the internet.  It is taught by a youth ministry veteran, Tim Schmoyer, and is being live streamed (like a video except live) on November 8th at 7:00pm (CST).  It will be recorded and archived if you can’t watch it live.  The best thing is that it is free.  You can find out more info on Shane’s blog at   This would be a great training for parents (who it is geared for), pastors, youth ministry professionals & volunteers who may not be familiar with all that kids are into online.

I hope you find it helpful.

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"You Throw Like a Girl!"

Here is an article on the Center for Youth and Family Ministry website written by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin about some new insights into issues that girls face. It is definitely worth a read.

Juvies on MTV

By Shane Vander Hart 

I never thought that I would recommend a TV show on MTV. But I just finished watching a new show that they have called Juvies, very good. This show will give you a better idea of what kids who are in lock-up go through. I’m wondering how they get around the confidentiality laws/rules that are present in juvenile facilities. The Power of Affection

This is a great article by Doug Fields on how we express affection to teenagers.  Sometimes we get so stressed about boundaries that it never happens.  Like I share in my training, use caution, but don’t let the rules inhibit spontaneity. 

Link to The Power of Affection

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