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Mississippi Man Leads Faith-Based Program For Fatherless Children
March 2, 2012
Image Courtesy of Columbus Packet
In the town of Columbus in Mississippi, a former football player and self-professed “bad kid” has founded a faith-based program for children living in fatherless homes. Edward Yeates, founder of Father’s Child Ministries, saw a need in his community to reach out to troubled youth. Yeates, growing up fatherless himself, saw an opportunity to give back after a former schoolteacher assisted him in his transformation.
“I believe it is my responsibility as a citizen of Columbus and of the world to make a difference in a positive way,” said Yeates of creating Father’s Child Ministries to the Columbus Packet. After his father left home when he was just five years old, it took the careful guidance of a third grade teacher to help put Yeates back on track.
“She was a great influence in my life. She steered me in the right direction and spoke positive words to me,” said Yeates. “Ms. Bardwell died before I could tell her what a huge impact she had on me. I’ve decided that the best way to pay that forward is to try and make a difference in the lives of others.”
Father’s Child Ministries has three tiers: a Youth Program, a Mother’s Support Group, and “Operation Manhood” geared towards fathers. “I think that all children should have the opportunity to have a good education and a good home,” shared the husband and father of three. “I also want to help make this community and this world a better place for my children. I’m willing to do whatever that takes.”
Learn more about Father’s Child Ministries by following this link: http://fatherschild.com/
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