By Trace Embry
This blog is a small effort in my attempt to bring sound wisdom to parents to help in navigating their families through today’s culture.
For this week’s post I felt it is necessary to take the time to share some insight into a ministry impacting today’s culture, Shepherds Hill Academy. Also, I’ll explain how you can hear the full story later on in the post.
I have a burden for America.
I had driven my motorcycle up to Kentucky where I had a speaking engagement with a couple of ministries. On may way home I stopped by a motorcycle shop located in the Carolinas to buy a needed part for my bike. As I was struggling to repair the part, a man in his mid-sixties stepped in and repaired the part for me.
In an appreciation for his generosity, I made the statement, “it sure is good to see an American work ethic in America again.” The guy turned around, pulled the cigarette from his mouth, looked up at me and said “America? Son America is over.”
This man’s statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I have a burden to restore America to the nation it once was. Through this burden, I have focused my efforts on American families.
Over the last half century families have disintegrated dramatically. In the course of my career of family service, I can confidently say the responsibility of the disintegration of our once great nation lies solely in the hands of its families.
Where once the families were unified in the moral understanding of a biblical worldview, they are now scattered and drastically lost.
To see how far we have fallen is frightening! I have grand-kids that will grow up in a toxic, ungodly culture. That is, unless there is a re-institution of biblical, Christ-centered, parenting. It is out of my passion and burden for the American family that God providentially brought to me and my wife the vision, and ultimate reality, of how we could impart His wisdom and teachings to families in need.
Through years of prayer and seeking His perfect will, God began to miraculously open doors that eventually led to my wife and I opening the doors to the ministry now known as Shepherds Hill Academy.
Shepherds Hill Academy is unapologetically Christ-entered and is a one-year residential program for families in crisis with troubled teenagers. Through this ministry we are cultivating a change in American families.
Our vision is to re-establish and re-institute the biblical paradigms of the parent/child relationship in 21st century America today. We believe that it is incumbent upon the church, the Christian body, to be a light to America, its culture and its families. If we can turn back to God and believe; in faith, the promises found in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 then we will begin to see healing and restoration in our land.
Discover the Full Story
Recently we have aired a four-part radio series on how Shepherds Hill Academy began. I’d like to invite you to hear the full story.
You can listen directly on line at License to Parent with Trace Embry. The title of the program is “Discover God’s Plan for Trace Embry.”
Or, you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes and have the series delivered straight to your computer.
I’m interested in hearing of your efforts to help America return to its roots.