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October Support Meeting [Sioux Center] + Bible Study

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Support Meetings Date Posted: October 11th, 2017

Everyone is welcome to join us in Sioux Center next week Thursday for our Bible Study: The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.

Reminder: Hope you can join us in Sioux Center tomorrow night for our October Adoption Support Meeting!

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Adoption Support Meeting – October 2017 [Sioux Center]

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Support Meetings Date Posted: October 4th, 2017

Everyone is welcome to join us in Sioux Center next week Thursday for our October Support Meeting!

Darcie Van Voorst is excited to be with us again as we continue the journey in bringing hope and healing to our families!  This month our topic will be “The truth is… understanding the brain.”

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Grace when it is hard.

Posted By: niki Posted In: General Parenting Date Posted: September 30th, 2017

My sweet husband and I were able to leave town overnight yesterday.  My mom could help, and one kiddo had a birthday party sleepover….the older kids all had plans.  We left town shortly after lunch time yesterday and were home by 4pm today.  In theory, this is a manageable thing.  In reality….we managed.  The kids did great.   They had fun on their sleep-overs.  They behaved great….until we all got home.  My husband and I had a blast.  We laughed, we held hands, we relaxed.  We ate really great food and saw a movie and slept well in the hotel……until we got home.

 

Tantrums, acting out, screaming and crying and being disobedient…..telling me I am the worst mom ever…..and generally just releasing the pressure valve of the 24 hour steam tank.  It just sucks.  It was like the entire unwinding, relaxing get-away  just blew up in my face and unraveled all night long.  Doggon it.  I took the trash out to the garage and literally beat the garbage bag against the can in frustration.  No harm, no foul…….

 

I knew this would come as a response to being away for 26 hours but I did not have the armor to shield against the attack.  4 hours later, the kids are asleep and I am exhausted.  Its just so hard, isn’t it?

And then we remember that there is grace.  Grace to wake up tomorrow and smile at my children and make breakfast and sing songs and get ready for church.  Grace to spend much-needed quality time with the little people here, and to make sure that their cups are filled up again before we start a new week.  Grace to not feel bitter or resentful for how much work it is to raise up children to be good human beings…..Grace to find Sabboth rest and not be mad at God Almighty for making it so hard.

 

Grace to remember that He feels the same way about loving me on many days…..but He loves me in spite of my difficult nature, my complaining, my tantrums and my troubles……Grace to accept His unconditional love and to beg Him to pour it out into me as well on these hard days.

We need your donations! [Auction 2017]

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Katelyn's Fund Events Date Posted: September 27th, 2017

Please prayerfully consider donating to the Katelyn’s Fund | Orphan Ministry Auction!

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Grace

Posted By: niki Posted In: Faith Date Posted: September 23rd, 2017

In adoption, Grace can mean so many things.  Grace to accept prayers as a family waits.  Grace to ask for prayer when a family struggles.  Grace to know when we need bigger help…….Grace to say that even when it is hard, it can also be right.

We need grace to wrestle with whether to start the journey again, when to lay it down, when to set it aside.  We need grace to walk with other families on the hard journey of adoption.  We need grace to ask the Lord…….what is next for us.

 

Grace says that moving forward is good.  Falling down hurts but is not the end of the world.  Failing  once in awhile is ok.  Reaching for Jesus helps.  Mercies are new every single morning.

 

Grace is the key for me in this walk with Christ.  Grace is my fuel, my prayer, my hope and my strength in this broken world…..again and again I am so thankful for Grace.

Bible Study [Sioux Center]

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Katelyn's Fund Events Date Posted: September 20th, 2017

Hope you can join us tomorrow night as we start our Bible Study: “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer.

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Save the Date . . . Auction 2017

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Adoption Events, Katelyn's Fund Events Date Posted: September 19th, 2017

Katelyn’s Fund ~ Orphan Ministry Auction

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Life Reformed Church, Sioux Center

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Reminder: Adoption Support Meeting [Sioux Falls]

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Support Meetings Date Posted: September 18th, 2017

Reminder: Hope you can join us tomorrow night in Sioux Falls for our September Adoption Support Meeting!

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Grace in the interactions

Posted By: wellon Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: September 14th, 2017

Two days ago, I returned from my fourth trip to Congo to spend time with the incredible and humble ministry, Mwana Villages. Among many other purposes for this trip, what will stick with me about this particular trip is that I got to take a front row seat to one of the biggest days in any family’s life: the day they meet their child. And as I reflect on what we experienced, I think on the concept of Grace. It’s what characterized each interaction and is the only word that could perfectly capture every broad emotion and experience of this wonderful time.

 

As I watched children come to know their parents, I marveled at the grace which had been shown to them by the consistent, warm love of the mama caregivers at Mwana Villages. This grace allowed these children to have a sense of “self” that did not balk, fly or freeze in fear at meeting their new parents. This grace allowed them to have a sense of confidence that they are loved, important, and cherished. This grace also allowed them the safety to process a deep and difficult experience unfolding before their eyes: becoming someone’s child.

 

But the grace was also evident in the parents’ love. It was a love of action (though certainly not without emotion), shown in the patience called for as families come to know each other; shown in the attempts at crossing language barriers; shown in the quiet persistence of breaking through the newness to establish precious familiarity. These parents took in stride their children’s trauma and where many would buckle under the fear of a past of hurt or the anxiety of what’s to come, grace steeled their determination to be part of the story of healing.

 

There was grace in talking with the maman who has known the depths of poverty, and because of the grace shown to her through a little ministry seeking to help, she now opens her home to women in crisis. There was grace in the humor and relationship building between people of two languages, starkly different cultures, near opposite educational backgrounds. There was grace in the small gifts of mercy from a Heavenly Father who orchestrates every detail from logistics to travel to interactions to farewells for some and no more farewells for others.

 

GRACE defined our trip. It’s only grace that captures the inexpressible joy, humble spirits, solemn commitments and promise of hope. And as we walk forward from there, we profess that it’s grace that sustains us, grace that guides us.

September Support Meeting [Sioux Center] + Bible Study

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Support Meetings Date Posted: September 13th, 2017

Everyone is welcome to join us in Sioux Center next week Thursday as we start our Bible Study:

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.

Reminder: Hope you can join us in Sioux Center tomorrow night for our September Adoption Support Meeting!

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