Building men, Raising sons

Rudi Bowe

“Being a male is a matter of birth, but being a man is a matter of choice” Dr Ed Cole.

We live in an era where more and more men are confused and lost. They are looking for an identity, strength and purpose as they don’t know what it means to be a man.
Some men are left with a responsibility to raise their sons and daughters, but don’t know how.  At one time in our society being a father and a leader was admirable. Therefore, Intense Men Namibian under the guidance of the Fatherhood Foundation of Namibia held their first father and son camp over the past weekend at Goanikontes Oasis to change the men with the call to Step Out and be the men we have been created to be.

Intense Men was created by a group of men to equip and encourage men to take their places as leaders, fathers, husbands, and sons in society. The purpose is to gather men and equip them to lead in their homes, jobs, and step up to empower men, to man up and take responsibility for themselves, their families and communities.
Pastor Patrick Britz from Intense Men said that the purpose of this camp is to bring fathers and sons away from the distractions of life, allowing them time to grow a closer bond together and where men compete, teach, learn, bond, and simply be men that come as they are but leave forever changed and where men become leaders, boys be-come men.
Pastor Britz said “Maturity does not come with age, but excepting responsibility for yourself, your family and your community and that we as Intense Men have a big challenge ahead of us and are committed to create opportunities for a man to connect with his sons, to set the example of what it means to be a man”.
Pastor Britz said “The cry is for the hearts of the fathers to reconcile with their sons and the sons to reconcile with their fathers. This is true reconciliation, which will lead to restoration and peace in our society. The effect is quite evident that most men in correctional facilities have had challenges with their fathers and or grew up without a father.”
“Men, it is time for us to arise, take that first step to restore our marriages, bring healing to our families and peace to our communities. Our wives and daughters are looking for authentic manhood. And leaders to guide, guard, govern and serve them as kings. This will require men to man up to their real potential” Pastor Britz added.
Pastor Britz said, “As iron sharpens iron, so men must shape each other by coaching and mentoring men and the next generation in what it truly means to be a man”.
The father and son camp taught us all that a man is only qualified to lead to the degree he is willing to serve, and when we start serving, we become great fathers and husbands, with the call to Step Out and be the men we have been created to be.
Pastor Britz said, “With our first Father and Son camp, done and dusted, we witness the pain of men transformed into mighty men full of courage and boldness. We believe that men must connect in smaller groups, which is what we are doing, to build strong relationship and this weekend just confirmed it again.”
“Men, we are the reason for, but also the answer to every problem or challenge we face in our communities. Some destroy and others builds up, which one are you? It only takes one man to make a difference. You are that man. If not now, when? If not you, then who?” Pastor Britz concluded.

Pastor Britz thanked all the men for an amazing father and son camp. “When Iron sharpens iron, the result produces REAL MEN. It’s a true honor to journey with each one of you”.
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