Today was our first official day of teaching here at our Crossroads Discipleship Training School at YWAM Strategic Frontiers. What a day it was!

Every Tuesday morning, we will be receiving teaching from two wonderful staff people, Steven and Nancy Schram, who have a heart and ministry for families. Today, they gave us a perspective on family that I had never really thought of before.

When we look at the various types of injustice in the world–abuse, orphans, human trafficking, etc–they all share the same root. That root is a fundamental breakdown in family. It all goes back to family. God created the family structure for a specific reason. Ultimately, if we lose family, we lose every other sphere of influence.

The second thing that struck me in this teaching on family was that regardless of whatever spheres of influence you might have, we all–everyone–has one in common.


We all are a part of a family. We all have parents–even the orphans. Not all families, however, operate in the way that God intended for them to operate.


God is a family God. He’s all about the family. So much so, that when Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, He taught us to begin by calling God, Father.

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