Matching Event in June

I received another email regarding an upcoming matching event for older children in Pennsylvania and figured I would pass along the information. If you are home study ready and interested, you can sign up through your caseworker!

“In case you weren’t yet aware, I wanted to let you know about an upcoming Matching Event that will feature about twenty-five youth, aged 12 and older. I’ve attached a brochure that outlines key information. It’s a day of fun, food, and activities that allows families and youth to interact in low-pressure environment.

Saturday, June 13 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Camp Agawam, in New Castle, PA (Lawrence County)

You can sign up yourself, but it’s best to also let your affiliate caseworker know! If you have any questions, please let me know.

You were selected to receive this e-mail because, according to the PA Resource Family database, you’re an active family who is interested in youth 12 and older. There is also a smaller subset of families who will also receive a telephone call about this event from our Helpline staff. We really want to get the word out about this fantastic event!

www.diakon-swan.org

www.familydesign.org

www.adoptpakids.org

School’s Out for Summer!

The kids have about 14 days left of school. It’s totally time for panic to set in. I have a spreadsheet of potential summer activities to maximize the fun! We will participate in the local library’s summer reading program. We will visit our local Regal movie theater on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings for $1 kids’ movies. We will spend an eternal amount of time in our backyard pool. I bought journals and have printed out writing prompts for the kids to write each day. We have the Brain Quest workbook for each of the older kids and a Pre-K wipe off book for Madeline to use. Our nanny will return from school and help us as she did last summer (part time of course). Anne and Huck will be in counseling three days a week for half days, so that means mostly entertaining Madeline and Scarlett. Which I would say is the easiest pairing except that Scarlett talks more than any child I’ve met before and likes to antagonize Madeline for sport! What am I forgetting??

Easy and Convenient

Received this email from my husband’s grandmother today. Here’s to all of you that are doing hard and inconvenient things every single day!

“Thought of you and (hubby) when I read this devotional today…you guys are the best!

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Embracing the Inconvenient {Encouragement for Today}
Reply-To: Proverbs 31 Ministries <devotions@proverbs31.org
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I will never forget the day my son Hudson learned what an orphan was. A close family friend had just returned from Haiti where she visited an orphanage and had taken heartbreaking photos of destitute children in desperate need of loving homes.

As a wide-eyed 3-year-old, Hudson stared at the pictures and asked, “Who dose kids? Why dey sad?”

I explained that the children in the photos were orphans, children without a mommy or daddy. As Hudson pondered this, his heart was gripped with compassion. He suggested we go to Haiti and bring home 20 orphans to live with us.

I smiled at his childish enthusiasm and then informed him I didn’t think we’d have room in our house for 20 more children. A few days later, Hudson led me upstairs to see several “orphan beds” he’d created. Each bed consisted of a blanket, a pillow and one of his favorite stuffed animals.

There were two orphan beds in Mommy and Daddy’s room, two in his sister’s room, and five in Hudson’s bedroom. (He’d taken the greatest burden of caring for these orphans upon himself!)

“See?” he exclaimed. “We do have room!”

I was speechless.

God was using my 3-year-old to remind me of His simple solution for the orphaned, the destitute and the starving: sacrificially sharing what we have with those in need.

That day, God challenged my heart with some poignant questions: Was I willing to serve the weak, even if it required personal sacrifice? If Hudson was willing to share his mommy, daddy, bedroom and favorite stuffed animals with children in need — then what was I willing to share?

Those questions changed the course of my life. While we didn’t bring home 20 orphans, God has led us to adopt four children in need of a loving home. The journey has not been easy, but through it we have seen God’s amazing faithfulness.

In our noisy, busy world, it’s easy to become consumed with self-focused pursuits and remain indifferent toward the needs of the lost and dying around us. I have been guilty of this attitude many times.

Whenever I’m struggling with a self-focused mindset, I’m reminded of a sobering story I once heard about the Jewish Holocaust.

In the story, a German church sat next to the railroad tracks where cars of Jews rattled by the church, on their way to the concentration camps. The prisoners would scream as loudly as they could, begging the churchgoers to help. But the Christians didn’t want to get involved. Instead, as the cars rolled past, they sang their hymns loudly to drown out the cries of the suffering.

Astounding, isn’t it?

Still today, there are cries of anguish resounding all over the world — from the starving child to the persecuted Christian. Yet how often do we drown them out with entertainment, busyness, materialism or selfish ambitions? God asks each of us to turn down the noise in our lives and learn to love and give the way He does, embracing the inconvenient and holding nothing back.

Naturally, this will look different for each of us.

Some of us might be called to minister to the homeless, others to adopt, others to fight for the unborn, others to help orphans, others to encourage the persecuted — and countless other possibilities.

Cultivating a sacrificial lifestyle often starts with one simple step, such as ministering to someone in our community. I encourage you to let God stretch you beyond what is comfortable and easy. He will open your eyes to the ways in which He desires you to become His hands and feet to those in need.

Throughout history, the Christians who’ve made the most impact for God’s kingdom rarely lived comfortable or convenient lives. Their mighty acts for God required enormous personal sacrifice and a willingness to venture far beyond the realm of the easy and convenient. If today’s Christians are too busy, who will take up the torch of Gospel-centered rescue work in this generation?

Lord, help me learn to look past myself and see the needs of others. Teach me to love others the way You love them, sacrificially. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Matching Events

We are on the information list for SWAN, the state wide adoption network in Pennsylvania. I received this email last week and would like to publicize it in case there are families who are home study ready!

This email is being sent to you by the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange. We have had many requests to let families know about the upcoming adoption events of various agencies. In an attempt to minimize the mail in your inbox the following is a summary of 3 events in the state. Please note that one of those events is May 6th (tomorrow) so I apologize in advance for the very short notice but still wanted to keep you informed.  The information is the barest summary of information and where possible I’ve included a contact person for the event to allow you to follow up if interested. Should you have any other questions feel free to email me back, I would be happy to assist.

Spring Fling Matching Event

            Type: Matching Event (children will be present)

Date: 05/06/2015

Time: 5:30 PM  to 7:30 PM

Contact: Tracey Mulrain

570-455-1521

tmulrain@csshazleton.ort

Location: Catholic Social Services’ Family Center

106/108 South Church Street

Hazleton, PA 18201

Comments: Meet the waiting children and their caseworkers, visit the agencies’ display tables, games, refreshments.

 

Older Youth Matching Event

Type: Matching Event (children will be present)

Date: 06/13/2015

Time: 10 AM to 4:00 PM

Preregistration: Required

Contact: Julie Marks

267-443-1875

pateen@adopt.org

Location: Camp Agawam

New Castle, PA

Comments: Interactive day where prospective adoptive families and older youth in need of a permanent home can get acquainted with one another. Only families with an approved home study/family profile are eligible to attend. Registration at www.adopt.org .

 

In-person Matching Moment Presentation

Type: Matching Event (children will be present)

Date: 06/24/2015

Time: 9:00 AM  to 12:00 Noon

Preregistration: Requested, not required

Contact: swanhelpline@diakon-swan.org

Location: Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center

2300 Lincoln Highway East

Lancaster, PA

Comments: 10 individual youth presentations, 50 agencies, refreshments.