My wife and I are embarking on a new journey, one that we feel compelled by God to undertake, and would like to know if you and your church family might be interested in what we are proposing to do.
We are offering all of the wisdom and years of experience that we have in the area of helping families grow in the Lord and prosper via what we are calling Faith and Family Seminars and Conferences. These meetings would consist of several days of intense training on the home and family. The lectures would be taught by classroom instruction, power point presentations, and preaching.
Years ago I was running a sports league and ministry for sailors from Great Lakes Naval base when one weekend a boy came down to play who had a really bad attitude and simply would not cooperate with anything that we were trying to do. Because of the type of program we ran, we kept the boys with us the whole weekend. Our family and other families would take the boys into our homes, keep them overnight, providing a sort of home-away-from-home atmosphere, then take them to church on Sunday. We gave them great home cooking and a comfortable place to stay but most of all we tried to show them that we truly cared for and loved them. Virtually all of the boys were very appreciative of our efforts, but this particular weekend this young sailor just did not seem happy at all. Whether it was while playing the sports or in conversation around the table, he would not listen or cooperate. Sunday afternoon I let all the other men go play ball and I asked this fellow to ride with me to the gym. On the way I asked him if he thought it a little unique that a family would bring in sailors to their home like we were doing. He said that it was indeed strange to him. Then he asked, “What’s the catch?”
I was in my house tending to my four month old daughter when the terrified screaming began. Neighborhood children burst through my back door crying, "Mrs. Hooker, come quick! Candy’s head is stuck in the porch railing!" Had it not been so pitiful, it could have been quite comical as I watched panic stricken grade schoolers, who had been calmly walking home from school, turn into a human dynamos as they ran and leaped our backyard fence. Everyone wanted to rescue her but no one knew just how. Poor little two year old Candace! All she knew was that she was stuck and she was scared to death.
Proverbs 24:3 “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:”
For many years while rearing our daughters, I was consumed with the first part of this verse – through wisdom is a house builded. I wanted God’s wisdom to rear my girls so that they would turn out for good and for God. I listened intently to preaching and teaching on biblical childrearing principles. My wife and I read books on child rearing. We studied the scriptures ourselves for childrearing principles, and we discussed them together often.