“I think most men don’t know how to bless their children with words,” said Greg Traylor, pastor at First Baptist Church. “They might buy them things.”
But saying, “I love you” or “I am proud of” can be difficult.
This is what prompted Traylor to bring a national men’s ministry called “Letters from Dad” into the Beeville area.
The idea, he said, is to teach dads what most moms already know.
“Children crave that blessing from their parents,” he said. “A lot of men, they leave it up to their wives to do that for the children.”
Greg Vaughn, author of the best-selling book, Letters from Dad, said, “I was in my garage, cleaning up after the death of my father when I found his rusty tackle box. I realized that he died without leaving me a note or a signature, only this rusty tackle box.
“Then it dawned on me – what if I were to die today? What would I leave for my wife and children?
“I concluded that I would be leaving nothing but a rusty tackle box too.
“That’s how Letters from Dad was born.”
Traylor said that idea is to teach fathers, of any age, to write letters to their children, wives and even their own parents, expressing their emotions and praising them.
“Personally, my father is a great father,” he said. “But I could bring home a report card, and he would say something about the lowest grade.
“He did it out of wanting me to be better.”
Fathers know how to correct their children, he said. The ministry is designed to teach them how to praise their children.
“Many men have no idea how to do that,” he said. “I wrote a letter to my son when he went off to college, and I was trying to make it a letter he would value.”
First Baptist Church Beeville will host a kickoff event Sunday.
It will be held in the gym behind the church at 600 N. St. Mary’s St. in Beeville.
It will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Anyone is welcome.