They Will Grow Up Reflecting the Father’s Love.- A Testimonial From Emily Richardson, World Race Squad Leader, Adventures In Missions

This past week I led a seminar at the Light and Salt Ministries center for the teachers on self-image. A lot of the boys at the center are recovering from malnutrition so as a result, they are smaller. The point of this specific seminar was to discuss different ways the teachers could encourage the boys with their self-image, and point out the ways they are already working on it- playing sports every week and providing healthy meals. But in addition, the Lord led me to speak on something much different and something very pressing on my heart.
 
I strongly believe that one of biggest wars satan is waging is on the family unit; he’s trying everything he can to divide humanity. This scheme is being executed by removing the head of the family, or the spiritual leaders. Men everywhere are leaving wives or girlfriends resulting in single parent families. This is rampant in Nicaragua and is also a part of my testimony. Ten years ago when I was beginning my freshman year of high school, my father left my family causing a deep brokenness in our family unit but also in my life. There’s a certain thing little girls need from their fathers- love, attention and devotion, and when it’s not given, girls will go anywhere to find it. Like the song says, I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Obviously, I came up dry because I can only obtain this from one place and mend brokenness from the source of life, and that’s Jesus Christ himself. With all this to say, wives need husbands in their lives and girls need their fathers.
 
The coolest part of this center is their focus on boys in the community, and when I heard this would be our ministry for the month I was really excited. This center is so important in the discipleship they are doing with the boys and teaching of the Word but there is something so important going on at this center that may not be seen by supporters or even the teachers themselves. They are raising up future spiritual leaders and men that will respect women and their daughters.
 
Men that trust so deeply in the Lord they will flee from satan’s temptations of alcohol, drugs, and infidelity. They are molding boys into men who find their identity solely in the Lord and not this world. I personally want my sons brought up the way these boys are being taught; this is a generation of boys growing up to stay with their families and lead them. Light and Salt is doing their part to restore the family unit and fight the good fight and in the end.