• Father Lance W. Harlow

Fathers and Sons

I was once speaking to a 20-year-old young man whose father had just died. I told him that I was sorry to hear that his father had died. He said, "I hated him." Apparently, the father had been a severe drug addict and was totally absent from the life of his son who got bounced around between family members. Every memory of his father was of him in a drug-induced state or drunk. The father was only 41 years old at the time of his death from drugs. A very sad story.

Many of the boys and girls who are placed at the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children come from similar circumstances. Their home situations are confidential to the public, but for those who work with them every day, we know the reasons for which they are placed there.

We can't repair damaged relationships between fathers and sons or mothers and daughters, but we can get them out of a bad home situation where they can experience new and healthy relationships with adults. And, where they can get good and consistent counseling!

Parenthood can be difficult, but for a child to grow up in a home in which the parent is a drug addict, alcoholic, abusive or absent, it can leave a long-lasting void in that little boy's or girl's life resulting in a perpetual search to be loved.

You, our St. Nicholas Project donors, provide a safe home at the Kurn Hattin Homes, where children can find healing through the adult relationships they cultivate there and through the counseling they receive. At Kurn Hattin we can intervene early on so that these children won't become scarred adults without a drop of love for a deceased parent. The Kurn Hattin Homes becomes a surrogate parent for those children whose parents who will never succeed in parenthood for circumstances that are tragic for them in their own right.

Your donation has long-lasting effects that will endure far beyond childhood into old age. Thank you for being a donor and the healing ministry that you are accomplishing for these boys and girls. If you would like to join us at the St. Nicholas Project and make a donation to the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, please click on the Donate icon above. God bless you!

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