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keesFatherhood PMF was begun by our current African Field Director Kees Hoek through prophetic calling.  After his wife Elsje died In 1998 after 36 years of marriage, four prophets spoke to him in less than three day’s time that he was going to be "a father to many young men who had not had a father of their own".  Kees received this as a great privilege, motivating him to dedicate the balance of his life to serving his Father with all his heart.  The third prophecy on 10 February 1999 said:

“I believe that the day is coming when your heart’s desire is going to so satisfy you while it has been such a frustration, and even when your mind has told you: ‘It is impossible’, there will be times when you will hear the Holy Spirit say: ‘I am in fact the God of the impossible.’  And He is about to do what is impossible; it is impossible for you to do it, it is impossible for you to orchestrate it, it is impossible for you to redeem yourself in such situations; it is absolutely  impossible, and He is going to redeem what belongs to Him in you. As He has been refining you, there are parts that don’t belong to Him, and that has been painful.  But there are a lot of good things that you stuffed down in your heart, and they need to come out; yes, there are a lot of good things, good things.  Once you’ve gotten past all these things and resolved them in your heart so that you have peace, there isn’t conflict anymore, and the wondering, the wondering, the wondering, that you are going to mentor others: lots of young men, lots and lots of young men, lots of young men, few maybe now, but nothing like the brood you are going to have someday.  And eh, it is going to be very, very good; it’s going to be very good, and you will have what they need, not what they want.”

Kees has learned that one cannot preach without a calling from Father God, and it will not become effective until one gives Him all his heart; to follow Jesus to continue His work we must first let go of our own desires for life and take up our own cross: "Your will be done on earth (in me) as it is in heaven."  Kees also experiences first hand that if Father God calls a person, He will also equip him with the tools necessary for the calling; and that included for Kees the cleaning of a deeply wounded heart. For the next six years Kees served God in prisons and ministry to other wounded men, but God also led him through extremely difficult times to prepare his heart and teach him to only depend on his heavenly Father.  In 2002 he was led to Africa where he began church planting in rural communities.  God prepared Him there for his ultimate calling, teaching him about ancient African culture, and about African prisons.  Though he already engaged since 1998 in full time prison ministry in his home state of Washington in the USA, God led him in 2011 to fully focus on prison ministry to African nations, bringing “talking Bibles” in prisons, and “Fatherhood Prison Ministries Fellowship” was founded.

God’s work in men’s hearts through this ministry has became so clear, that on several occasions Malawi’s highest prison officials told Kees after two months of ministry in most prisons there in 2009 that “the atmosphere in the prisons has totally changed, and many officers report that they have never had such an easy job managing the prison population”.  In 2013, in six months time in Zambian prisons more than 1100 inmates were baptized while many more came very close to their Creator Father.  One Officer in Charge even said: "I feel humbled by what I see God do".

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