The Protector and The Provider.
Father’s Day is a celebration to honor one’s father, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers
in society. However, for generations, society has pushed the narrative that fathers, especially
Black Fathers, are nearly nonexistent in communities; and while some may fit this narrative, as
a whole, this claim could not be further from the truth.
In contrast to fathers of the past, Black fathers are more likely to have an active role in the day-
to-day activities of the children’s lives; bathing, driving to school, and cooking are just some of
the activities Black fathers take pride in doing that society has purposely turned a blind eye to.
Uncles, Godfathers, stepfathers, and father figures are all known for doing more than just
protecting and providing for their children. They mentor and teach young men to be strong and
confident. They cherish and pamper young women which gives them the confidence to set
boundaries and standards.
As we celebrate our fathers this weekend, remind them they are cherished and well-loved.
Continue to pray for your neighbors and enemies; and for those who don’t know the love of a
father or father figure.
We, along with the COCHUSA Board of Bishops, pray for the protection of Fathers as they
continue to teach and love their children.
“I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your
steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” (Proverb 4: 11-12 NIV)
In His Service,
Seeking His Face,
Bishop Vernon E. Kennebrew
Bishop Lindsay E. Jones