Simply Elevate Issue 6 June 2013 - Page 30

Real Men Make Real Fathers & Bring Real Change Communities Need Our Fathers to Thrive Story by: Angel M. Barrino Photos: Brenda Lynn We are approaching Father’s Day. For some it is felt that Father’s Day does not receive the recognition it should; I have heard many fathers state they feel as if they do not receive their “just due” for many reasons. I am not entirely sure why this is the case but simply based upon experience, I would assess the reasons could stem from fathers being absent from the home, child custody or support issues, women’s empowerment or other reasons. My hope is that my statements do not offend because last month was Mother’s Day and we widely celebrate the presence of mothers in our lives. In comparison I want to shed positive light on the subject of what makes a good father because it is a known fact that real men make real fathers therefore as a result real change occurs. Fathers are needed in our communities, schools, churches or ministries; governments, and other places. We need fathers to be strong men taking active roles within the lives of their daughters and sons resulting in much stronger men and women in society. Both mo FW'2BfFW'2&RVVFVB&VƗR66W2FRfFW"2'6VBGVRF72"6RFW"7F6SF266RR&RFV"wV&F2VVFVBV&W&W6VB7G&VwFB&FV7F'WBgFVFRFW&V6RvV2vVFWVVB7W'BF6FVRw&vrFFRVFW6VB&RB2VFW'7FBFBVFBRw&VBfFW'2W7BƖRvVFBRw&VBFW'2'WBFRW'6RbF2'F6R2Bf7W6VB&6rFW'2"fFW'2f"&VrFWVFR&RFV2F2'F6R&W&W6VG26VGbVRvf7W2VWfFrBVFgrRFW"B2גRFV6W&vRfFW'27&72FRv&BFVWFrw&VB"bFW&VG&RBF6FRFW"fFW'2F&R&Rf6&RFRƗfW2bFV"6G&VB6VFW2vVf֖ƖW2BFfGV2VFRFV"w&VVVB&V6W2V6V&Rf&6Pv6VG2WF&GBvW"VG'&w2VV7G&VwFBFF( 266WGvRVVBFW'2BfFW'2VBvV6G&VF7&VFR7G&VwF&FW"FfW&6RbFR66WF2vRf6R7G&r&W6V6RbV2VVFVB( 2BW7BvVFFFǒ7G&r&W6V6RbvVVR7W'B'VvVBWF2VVFVBfFW'2VVBV6W&vVVBvWFW"FW&RFrW6WFǒvV"BV&RGW&&fFW'2FW&RVFW'2BFWfRFRFW6&RF&FV7BB6W'fRfFW.( 2F6VV'&FRFRfFW'2W"ƖfRWfVb2BfFW"6VV'&FR2RfRfFW.( 2V'BBfRf"VRVVVBF&RV6W&vVBB'VBWW7B2vVFVfR&VVW'BBF66W&vVBW7B2vVfRv6vv7BvV"VFW'2"fFW'2'WBvBF&VƗR2fFW'2fVV2bFW&RFVf"w&FVB6&6R2W6VBf"fVVRƖfRbגF2&R7VBƗ7FVrFFRVVG2B2bFW'2'6W'fR6fW'6F2BvBfRfVB2FBvVBVfRFR6RVVG2B66W&2ƖfR7BbFRFRW7B2vVFW6&RffV7FGFVFB7W'BVFW6&RFR6RF22FR6RFRƗfW2bfFW'2W7B2FW'2fFW'2vBFfVV&V6FVBFWvBFfVV2bFW&RvV6RFV"W2"FRƗfW2bFV"6G&V"fVBW2fFW'2vBFfVV2bFW&R'FB( 2BF&R&Wv&FVBf"FV"&W76&ƗG'WBF&RV6W&vVBf"FV"FVF6FFf֖ǒ7V66W72&VF&W2&R&6VB66VF&ƗGB'FVfF66VF&ƗGB&W76&ƗG&RW"֖V&WV&VVG2F7W'BFR&62VVG2b6G&VWBFW2FW'2BfFW'2fVV2bFWvfRFWfR'WBW@&V6VfRFr&WGW&w&FGVFRvW2rvf"VR7BFfGV26ǒvBFfVV2bFW&RfVBB&V6FVBWfVFVvvR6VV'&FRFW6RF27V6f2FFW2bFRV"( 2V6F6VB&RfFW.( 2F"FW.( 2FV6F6VB&RFvR6VV'&FRW"fVBW2B6W&6FVf"FV"ƗfW2B6RW"ƗfW2vgB2w&VFW"FFRvgBbvVVRfR"66W&R7W'B2R&VV&W"FRfFW'2W"ƗfW2&VV&W"r'FBB2F6VV'&FRFVF&VvWBFRV"fR7BfFW'2"w&FfFW'2BwV&F22R"FVF2V"'&rW"6W&6VBV&W2bFVFƖfR'6&rFRvgG2bfRB7W'@vF6VRV6RFW&R&R6G&V'2vFWB&VG2vFW7W&FVǒFW6&RF&RfVBFW6VVF&R'BbfrRBf֖ǒ( 2bR&Rrf"6VRFW"W"ƖfRFfB6VRvfVV22bFWfRRB6&R'BbW"ƖfRvFFVvVvR6VfW76ǒvfRFFRVVG2bFW'2vRv6W'Fǒ&V&VFgV&Wv&BfFW.( 2FFbFRw&VBVWBFW&R&W76w2ࠣ3wwr6ǖVWfFR6Рwwr6ǖVWfFR6Р3