DTC Stories

Defending the Cause: Doing Life Together – A Twin Story

Twins are born together. Together they grow, mature and enter adulthood. Yet no matter how similar they are, twins are also wildly different. It is in these differences that their deepest struggles lie.

This fact is true in twin Field Buddies Ethan and Aidan. Together they lost their father when they were very young and together they both needed a Christian man to lead them. Despite these similarities the loss of their father was evident in different ways for each of them.

Separately, Ethan needed a man to help him see value in himself and learn the timeless art of patience. Where Aidan needed to find self-confidence and see the value he brings to other people.

Together these boys needed to hear about the love of their Heavenly Father and have a godly man model Christian devotion. They needed to experience true manhood which is done best in God’s Great Classroom – the outdoors.

What makes this tragic story of twin boys whose father died amazing?

Left to right: Mentor Father Chris, Field Buddy Aidan, Field Buddy Ethan, Mentor Father Andy

Andy and Chris – the two men who stepped into their lives as Mentor Fathers.

As a ministry, Fathers in the Field makes sure that churches pair one Mentor Father with one Field Buddy. This way a boy doesn’t have to compete for the attention of a single man, but gets the focus and commitment of their very own Mentor Father. It allows a Mentor Father to invest in his Field Buddy and help that boy find healing for his broken heart.

Andy and Chris had different reasons that this ministry tugged on their hearts, but they both knew the value of having a godly man invest in the life of a young man.

Over the course of their intentional three year commitment, Andy and Chris watched Ethan and Aidan mature and develop into amazing young men. Boys who struggled with self-worth and confidence started to become men who saw their worth and value in their relationship to Christ. They each had a man to model Christ for them and to intentionally walk through life together.

Together they walked through the struggles of life.

Together they achieved success and had fun.

Together they learned about the forgiveness of their Heavenly Father.



Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” ~ Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)

That verse is the anchor for Fathers in the Field because it reflects the heart of our Heavenly Father. When I started this ministry I knew that it was vital to place a Christian man in the life of every fatherless boy.

When a Mentor Father makes a commitment to lead a fatherless boy and to focus on helping that boy’s broken heart heal, the world changes.

The time to step up is now. Contact me today and help change the direction of a fatherless boy, from one of loss to one of hope.

Together we can change the world.

Standing in the Gap,

John Smithbaker
Founding Servant
P: 1-844-472-4241
E: info@fathersinthefield.com