Our son, Pete, completed the Future Men program nearly 4 years ago, with a Future Men certificate and a high school diploma. I have said many times that while Pete had a lot to learn while he was at FM, and so did I. The counsel that I received as he was graduating has wrung in my ears: ‘Don’t rescue him’. I haven’t done perfectly, but I have improved.
As I write, Pete is married (to a woman that we really like), has an 11 month old son, has a job that he enjoys, is attending technical college, and is active member of their church. Watching him grow, albeit slowly, from a foolish adolescent to a responsible, godly man, has been one of the true joys of my life”. My wife and I spent last weekend with Pete and his family and came away very encouraged.
Pete’s still full of himself, but it is amazing to watch him consistently look out for his wife and child’s welfare more than his own. One very positive part of the past four years is that Pete has consistently expressed a desire to be a part of our family. I am grateful for that, and I do not take that for granted. Recently Pete and his siblings gathered together for Thanksgiving at our daughter’s home. That’s the first time that the three of them had been together for more than 24 hours since before Future Men, my wife and I were admittedly a bit anxious for them (people with “baggage” in a two-bedroom apartment for 4 days…). As it turned out, it was a positive time of healing and restoration and moving toward healthy adult relationships. So that’s where we’ve been and where we are. We are grateful for your ministry and your involvement in our family’s life.