The secret to MFA’s success is that the programs are all geared toward restoring children who have been abused, neglected, rejected, and abandoned, by faithfully responding to the needs behind their behaviors. Their mission is to help traumatized children grow into healthy, thriving Christian adults.
Founder and director Sarah Ellis explains. “We take the children that are the hardest to get homes for,” she begins. “Many of these children have been repeatedly betrayed by the adults in their lives and we need to begin their restoration by meeting their needs and guiding them toward being able to trust again. The level of care that we give here is of a much higher level than the average children’s home.”
Now My Father’s Arrows has a need of its own. They have a golden opportunity to expand and grow and be able to provide for many more children than the 30 they are currently able to provide for. And that takes land. Adjacent to their current home near Jay is a 268-acre piece of land that the seller’s will only sell as one parcel.
“We are turning away four or five children with desperate needs here every business day, because we just don’t have the room,” Ellis explains. “That translates to 90 hurting children a month who are unable to benefit from the hope and healing that God provides through My Father’s Arrows simply because we don’t have enough room. While we didn’t necessarily want 268 acres, there were no options. Either we would purchase all the land, or we would be hemmed in by subdivisions that would not further our mission to provide our children with a safe, healthy environment.”
To come up with the down payment on the land, every staff member and child there walked the property adjacent to their home and prayed for God to move mountains. Many in the community came together, and with the help of a donor known only as Mr. E. Ellis was able to move forward with the closing with all of the down payment funds needed.
“We need $515,000 to complete the purchase,” Ellis says. “As we are a completely donor funded entity, meaning that we receive no state or federal funding, we are trusting entirely in the Lord to provide for our needs. It’s what He instructs us to do, and it is the only way to be secure in His will.”
The community can rally around this incredible cause by going to MFA on their website at www.myfathersarrows.org, To advance their fund-raising efforts, the children will be performing ‘The Sound of Music’ April 30 and May 1, with ticket information also being available at their website.
In addition to providing a private trauma-informed school, medical care, and various therapies onsite, Ellis’ vision extends to providing the children who reside there with a heritage. “Many of these children have no other home to return to once they enter into the adult world,” she explains. “Last year was the first year that we had children old enough to leave our home to enter their adult lives, and they all ‘came home’ for Christmas!” With tears in her eyes, Ellis concluded “We need to be able to provide all of our children with a ‘forever home,’ so that they, like any other child, can always return to the place where they grew up.”