A Portrait of Four Men and Their Families On Fathers Day

The righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.
-Proverbs 20:7

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Mark may be a young father, but he’s mature in wisdom. Every Sunday, he brings his two-year-old son to church because he knows it’s the best thing he can do for him.

“I missed out on a lot of years of being in the church – I started very late in life – so I’m trying to give him a head start,” Mark said with hope in his voice. “He doesn’t understand yet what’s going on, but I’m building a foundation for him.”

Before dinner, Mark teaches his son to pray before he eats and when he tucks him in at bedtime, they pray again. He puts his little hands together, looks up at his father as he prays and then they both say, “Amen.”

Mark and his wife, Lauren, have another child on the way. You can tell by his beaming smile that he’s very grateful for the blessing of his strong and growing family.

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Erasmus has been a faithful member of Key to Faith for about 30 years. He and his wife, Gerri, have raised their three children in the church, and their eldest, Ofi, is now an integral part of the worship team.

“I’ve lived in the world before, so when I came to God I saw a difference,” he said. “I had to lead my children through the same thing. Let them not learn by themselves to come to Him, but to come to Him now. What I learned, I transferred [to them].”

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Pascal and his wife, Cathy, have raised all four of their children at Key to Faith. When asked why, Pascal replied, “It’s the best way you can do it.”

His youngest son, James, is now a drummer at the Hillsong church in France and his oldest daughter, Emilie, is one of the worship leaders here at Key to Faith.

At night, Pascal would play French songs to Emilie on his guitar until she fell asleep. Those sweet melodies remain in her heart to this day.

“We’re all different and we all have different views of raising children, but it’s not to say one way is better,” said Pascal. “Love your kids and do your best. We’re the first example that they’ll see.”

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On Sunday mornings, Paul and one of his 13 grandchildren, Christian, are always at the church doors, greeting people with warm smiles. Paul believes it’s important for Christian to serve because it will build himself up for his future.

“He has a servant’s heart naturally, but I think it’s good for him to know that his servant’s heart comes from the greatest Servant of all,” he said. “It’s important that he knows responsibility and commitment to a church.”