A Man Called Peter…in Zambia

In many parts of the world it seems that many Christian men have left “the cause of the fatherless” mostly to the women.

There are many reasons for this, I think.  Sometimes, men view everything associated with children as women’s work—failing to see the vital role they can play in example, provision, discipline, protection, training, and fatherly affection.  At times, the crush of work–from consuming office jobs to exhausting field labor–leaves men feeling they have little left to offer.   In places of extreme poverty, many men have simply given up hope and relegated just about everything that needs doing to women, from bread-winning to bread-making.

Not Peter.  He and his wife Teresa are farmers.  Some 20 years ago they bought a small farm an hour from Lusaka.  They draw from the land Zambia’s staple, maize, and other crops.  Peter’s sun-soaked face breaks easily into a warm smile, accented by two missing front teeth.  His presence carries gravitas—in a rare blend of sobriety and levity living side-by-side.

As part of the ministry of Every Orphans Hope, Peter and Teresa are living with and raising eight orphaned children.

Peter seeks to draw each child near, both figuratively and literally.  To hold and hug, and to let them know through His presence that God is present to them, too.  He explained, “What I try to do as a father to these children…remind them that even though they don’t have parents that God is still there for them.” He seeks to teach the boys how to be men—works alongside them in the family garden, plays sports together, and takes them in search of wood or charcoal when they’ve run out of gas.    He and Teresa also teach both the boys and the girls to study and memorize the Bible.

Peter shared, “We want them to see that God is with them, through us, all the time.  That’s what we’re trying to do all the time.

The world needs more men like that.  In Africa.  In America.  Everywhere.

See brief raw footage of Peter sharing thoughts on the importance of a father figure for children