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Healing the Wounds of Fatherhood Abandonment


Praise for the “Man Enough to Forgive”

DR. TIM CLINTON – President of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Co-host Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk radio broadcast, professor of Counselling and Pastoral Care

“John’s ministry to the fatherless is the real deal. He was fatherless, knows the fatherless issues, and his ministry of nearly two decades is impacting lives, one soul at a time.”

DR. MEG MEEKER, MD – Best-selling author, pediatrician, international speaker, and mentor to many NFL fathers

“As a pediatrician for thirty years, I’ve seen hundreds of suffering boys in my office who are bearing the pain and consequences of fatherlessness. From eating disorders to destructive social behavior, failure at school and violence, to sexual promiscuity, and even attempted suicide – the absence of a father in the home impacts healthy psychological, physical, social, and spiritual development in all boys.

With unwavering commitment and a process for restoration that works, John Smithbaker and Fathers in the Field leads both boys and men on a path to faith and freedom from the destruction of fatherlessness.”

PASTOR LEE EVANS – Local Bible church pastor proclaiming God’s Truths since 1983 in Texas. Head Shepherd at West Lake Baptist, and married to a precious helpmate, Cindy for 42 years.

Forgiveness is a choice we each make to surrender our hurt to God for healing and turn over our violator to God for redemption or retribution.”

MICHAEL TOMLINSON – President and CEO, BDI a national rescue mission agency.

Authenticity, Truth, and Impact: These three words best describe “Fathers in the Field”, “Man Enough to Forgive”, and John Smithbaker. For years I’ve seen the Fathers in the Field ministry empower the local church, rally men of faith, and literally change the destiny of emotionally crippled fatherless boys. But what about all the men that grow up without the helping leadership of mentors, an understanding of God’s healing grace, and freedom from the prison of hate and dysfunction born in their youth?

“John’s passion is authentic, his commitment to God’s truth is unwavering, and the impact of the message he brings is life-transformational. Too many men think they’ve transcended childhood hurts and simply moved on productively with life, but in reality, they have yet to forgive as the Heavenly Father commands. As a result, they cannot fully embrace the Lord’s forgiveness. This too is my testimony.”

DR. DAVE WHITE – Pastor, Renowned Speaker, Life Coach and NCAA Men’s Basketball Referee, Alpha Male Advocate.

Courageous, Insightful, Practical and Manful! John is a man’s man, a rare faith warrior, and a redeemed luminary on this critical issue. Welcome his wisdom and be transformed!”

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For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

Romans 5:6-10 (ESV)