Friday, September 30, 2011

This Teen Needs a Family!!!

DeAndre was born in Jan. 1996. He is in the 10th grade and is anxious to have a family to call his own. He is interested in playing the cello, mountain biking and cooking. If you would like more information about DeAndre please call The Adoption Exchange at 303-755-4756.

Some may look at DeAndre's picture and think he is almost grown and most of the parenting has already happened in his life. That is not the case. DeAndre needs someone that he can talk to when he is thinking about going to college, when he is thinking about buying a car, when he is thinking about getting married. Being a family doesn't end when they turn 18.

No matter how old we are - we all have days that we need to call home. :)

Please help spread the word about DeAndre and other children who are waiting in Colorado to be united with a family.

DeAndre's case # is 9284

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Are you in the place God wants you to be?

If you are in the place where God wants you, in spite of the challenges you encounter, you can trust him and rest assured that he will do what you cannot do on your own.

Last week some members of our Orphan Ministry team went to Haiti. Even though we were met with a heartbreaking scenario in Orphan Ministry, there were also amazing moments of KNOWING that we were smack dab in the middle of God's will, despite what we could physically see and feel.

This week I have been encouraged by Rich Dixon's blog posts, especially the one titled "Say Hello to the Hills". You can read Rich's blog at:

Rich's blog is not about adoption or orphan ministry. He writes about a dream that God placed in his heart and how, just now, it is being realized as he hand-cycles along the Mississippi. His blog will be an encouragement to anyone who has ever had a God-sized dream and has been totally dependent on God‘s guidance each step of the way.

Rich is encountering difficulties he didn't expect when God first gave him this vision of what he might do. But, he wouldn't want to be anywhere other than where is he is right now. In the post I mentioned, he writes about how his wife, Becky, was waiting for him at the top of a particularly steep hill. When he made it to the top, she said "
How was it?" and his response was "It was tough!” Then he smiled and said, “And I’m really glad we’re here."

I can’t think of a better way to explain our experiences in Haiti than by using the words Rich used
. It was really tough! But, we also witnessed God opening doors that had not been open before and this filled us with a sense of victory. We knew that God was present, that He knew what was going on, and that his will would be done.

Allowing God to be the master of our hearts is an incredible, humbling journey. It is not easy, comfortable or without challenge. While Becky was waiting for Rich to make it to the top of the hill, I am sure that she was praying that he would have the strength and endurance necessary for the challenge he was facing. While we were in Haiti, we knew that we had prayer warriors covering us from the moment we left DIA until we returned home. I have never been in a situation where I truly felt the covering of prayer like I did in Haiti and, for that matter, through the entire journey in Orphan Ministry. Thank you to all of you who prayed for us.

Allowing God to be the master of your heart and being smack dab in the middle of His will brings peace that cannot be found any other way.

When we commit a situation to prayer, it means we are relinquishing our desires and focusing on God's.

As you journey down the road of obedience to God’s call on your life, take time to rest in the fact that you are in the palm of His hand. Let Him perfect His will in you and in your present circumstances. :)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Healthy Meals for your Family!! :)

This Sunday, September 25th Allyson Joy, licensed dietician will be joining our Adoption/Foster Care Support Group to share ideas with us on how we can feed our families a healthier diet and stay within our budget. :)

Fall always throws our dinner time for a loop because not everyone is home at dinnertime. With kids gone for football and cross country until almost bedtime, we find ourselves eating later and a lot of the times not very healthy.

Childcare is provided for your children.
Register at this link:

For more information about Welcome Child Adoption/Foster Care Support Groups contact:

Heather Alverson -

Erin Branchflower -

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Your Children, Their Trauma

What a Great Opportunity to get this training right here in Northern Colorado.
Register Today!!! :)

The Adoption Exchange Heart - Small The Adoptive
Families Program
Empowered Adoptive Parenting Series continues…

It's A Package Deal
Your Children, Their Trauma

Fort Collins

September 27, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Faith Evangelical Free Church
3920 South Shields Street
Ft. Collins, CO 80526

Cost: FREE
This is a Free class offered to all adoptive families.
Register below to secure your spot.

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Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring food.

It's a Package Deal
This class will address how trauma affects the developing brain in infant adoptions. We will discuss the impact of trauma on child development, attachment and sensory integration, and will review the effects of neglect and issues of institutionalization. Practical parenting solutions provided.

Due to the sensitive nature of the material being discussed, we ask that you make other arrangements for child care.

Contact Denise Leffingwell at 303-755-4756, x222 (toll free 1-800-451-5246) or by emailwith questions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ORPHAN SUNDAY - less than 2 months away!!

What is Orphan Sunday?

Orphan Sunday is a day set aside for the purpose of the body of Christ activating their voices for the fatherless. It is part of a National Movement organized by Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Orphan Sunday is November 6, 2011

Organize an event in your area. Regardless of the size of the event that you plan, you will have an impact in the lives of kids in your community and around the world just by raising awareness of the need. :)

Christian Alliance for Orphans has a website dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to help your event be successful.

Orphan Sunday
One Day. One Voice. One Purpose.

Below is a picture of my daughter Abby and I in this year's Orphan Sunday T-Shirts. These T-shirts can be found in the resource section of the Orphan Sunday website.

Christian Alliance for Orphans is offering a webinar titled "How to engage your church on Orphan Sunday". This will be very informative for anyone who desires to know more about getting your church involved in caring for the fatherless.
Get more information about this webinar here:

"Defend the cause of the fatherless." Isaiah 1:17

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dress A Girl Around the World ---

is having a sewing party!!!

Saturday - October 1st
- Timberline Church in the East Auditorium
from 9am - 1pm

What to bring:

- colorful pillowcase or 1 yd. fabric (no white)
- 12x12 (or larger) scrap of fabric for a pocket
- 1/2" double fold bias tape
- 1 pr. girl panties - size 6-14 (no disney, cartoons, wording)
- portable sewing machine w/ thread and full bobbin
- scissors
- trim and buttons

- sack lunch


Timberline - Dress A Girl has been asked to provide 100 dresses to meet a goal of 600 dresses that will go to Uganda the end of October from Northern Colorado.

What if you don't sew or are not able to attend?

You can make dresses at home or donate the necessary supplies. There is a beautiful wooden, hinged box located near the Timberline Cafe' that you can put your donations in. Make sure you mark your donation specifically for Dress A Girl before you put it in the box.

Mary has assured me that you don't need any sewing skills to make the prayer dolls (pictured above). That is probably where I should start. :)

Thank you to all of you who have been faithful to serve in this ministry. You are making a difference in the lives of girls around the world!!

For more information contact: Mary Brinkman at: