Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 2, 2019

Calling Men to Rise Up

20/20 vision is a term used to express the ability to see things clearly, especially at a distance. I wish that I had 20/20 vision. But alas, I have had poor eyesight for most of my life. My annual visit to my optometrist always results in adding just a little more strength to my bi-focal prescription.

While my physical vision continues to deteriorate bit by bit every year, I do pray for 20/20 vision in regard to spiritual discernment. We live in days when our culture is progressively drifting farther and farther away from life as God intended for it to be. We must, therefore, have clarity of vision as never before in order to understand what is happening and what we must do.

I have long admired the sons of Issachar in the Old Testament. While we don’t know a lot about these guys, the Bible describes them as “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). We can safely conjecture that the sons of Issachar were not passive but instead were men who thought deeply in order to live wisely.

Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, has observed and commented on the shift in culture which has brought about the redefinition of what it means to be a man. This redefining of manhood, Evans writes, “has brought about men abandoning their roles, dumbing down their roles, and rejecting their roles.” Men are indeed in the midst of a cultural battle that continues to take a heavy toll on manhood as defined by God.

Our missions ministry’s emphasis for 2020 will be to call men around the world to embrace God’s vision and design for biblical manhood. We are working directly with our partners in Cambodia, India, Brazil, and Nepal to host Men of Courage Summits in 2020 — special gatherings of men and leaders in which we will call men to rise up and to embrace God’s vision and design for biblical manhood.

We held our first Men of Courage Summit last month in Uganda. Our team invested in 300 men and met with key leaders who made a commitment to be the men God has called them to be. In the words of the old hymn, these men said they will rise up, put away the lesser things, and give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of kings.

This past week my friend Todd Pendergrass and I traveled to Cuiabá, Brazil to meet with more than 40 pastors and leaders who will host our Men of Courage Summit next year. We spent time sharing the vision and talking logistics about the summit. Our Brazilian friends are all in. They too want to call men to embrace God’s vision and design for biblical manhood and to challenge men to lead their families well.

I am especially excited about the opportunity to hold one of our 2020 summits in Cuiabá — the geographic center of South America. My prayer is that what happens in Cuiabá will spread like a wildfire to all corners of South America. My heart longs to see men who will rise up to become the kind of men God has called them to be.

May God use our summits to raise up men of courage — men who submit to God not culture, men who take responsibility and do not remain passive, and men who live sacrificially and not selfishly. The time has come to rise up, O men of God.


  1. Blessing my Pastor!!! Time to go to South America!!! We will be praying for your trip and the people who will be bless by your presence!!!

    • Thanks so much, Carlos. See you soon in El Salvador.

  2. AMEN!!! “And it shall be in the last days’, God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind.”(Peter quoting Joel in Act 2:16-17) Thank you for leading men around the world to be men of God!

    • I am excited about how God will use our Men of Courage Summits to impact the lives of men and their families around the world. Thanks for your prayers, Pam.

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