The Hallmark day may have passed, but being a dad every day matters here and in Africa. Check out these pearls of wisdom from two of our favorite dads who are also pastors making a difference in their kids' lives and the lives of those around them – Tito in South Sudan and Asrat in Ethiopia. To all of our dads, thank you for all you do!
Tell us about the moment you first saw your first-born. How did you feel?
Tito: When I saw her, I was filled with joy and one of the nurses said, “Are you the father?” and I said yes, while smiling. Then she said, “Is a baby girl” and I said Praise the Lord. I stood and gave thanks to the Lord for the gift of the baby.
Asrat: I do not have word to express my feeling but like joy and surprise.
What is a piece of advice you would give to other fathers?
Tito: Make sure you take time to teach your children to obey God in their life. There is no short cut in teaching children. Family life is a corporate work. Each person has a responsibility to play.
Asrat: More than anything else to raise born again children. Most of the time we concern for their school and about their future but the first thing we should look seriously should be their relationship with God, if they have Jesus they have all !!!
Tell us about the mix of being a pastor and a father.
Tito: Charity begins at home. The responsibility of being a pastor and a father is like a coin with deferent sides, yet the same coin. I have to play the work of the father and the pastor in my family. We have family fellowships and Bible studies. We pray together as a family and my children continue doing the same in our absence.
Asrat: I am both their pastor and their father. All the time I am praying to have the same heart for other people like my children. To some extent being a father and being pastor share a lot of common element. True pastor is a father for his congregation.