Sigmund Freud said that the strongest need in childhood was for a father’s protection.
Countless research indicates the positive impact of a father in a child’s life. Researchers uses words like higher IQ and better education outcomes, increase of emotional security, increased confidence, and better social connection.
Sadly, our Bridge Kids often don’t have a daddy present in their lives. However, when our Bridge mothers enter The Bridge to Hope ministry, their children gain surrogate fathers and grandfathers, men who choose to stand in the gap for them. Both child and mother receive a Christian male role model and mentor. He shows them that not all men walk away. He shows them daily through his walk how a man acts with integrity, treats others with respect and dignity and most of all is committed.
There is also research of the power of a male mentor. When a child has a mentor, there are links to improved academic, social and economic prospects of young people. The men volunteers with The Bridge to Hope are able to be both the mentor and the male role model that both boys and girls need to develop a sense of who they are while receiving protection love and respect for a complete well-rounded life.
On Father’s Day, it is so great blessing our B2H kids can look to a man in their live who loves them and supports them in many of the activities of their lives. Through the commitment of many to The Bridge to Hope, we are providing protection.
Our prayer is that there will be more people who will be willing provide protection with a Bridge mom and her children, so more little ones will have the security and love that our present B2H kids enjoy.
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world