In the summer of 2007 the founder of Life Transforming Leadership Foundation, Rev. Dr. Mark T. Oliver approached Mr. Jim Harrington the Mayor of Brockton, and asked him if he would be interested in meeting with pastors to regularly pray for him and the City of Brockton. Without hesitation he said, “Yes, I need all the prayer I can get!”
It was during one of those prayer meetings that some pastors learned that one very special “burden” of the Mayor was for the children in the city who were living in broken homes. He knew how such a life could very easily translate to things like emotional issues, truancy, youth crime and even the gang involvement. In part because he was the Mayor, but more because he was a grandfather, his heart ached for the many children of the city who still needed some caring adults in their life.
In addition, Mayor Harrington knew that a clean park alone, or a better basketball program alone was not going to help a child overcome the challenges that studies show can best be met with a long term caring relationship. He knew that we needed to not just treat the symptoms but rather as a community strive to also develop the character and esteem of our children. He believed that the churches could be an added strength to the team of those already putting the call out for caring adults.