THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Starting An Adoption Ministry at Church...


I am working closely with Kelly/Truly Blessed and a couple of other ladies at our church to begin an adoption ministry. We go to a large church where there are so many families who have adopted and yet we have no support group. Our church has been leary in the past of allowing one to be started and is just now giving us the green light to meet at the church. We are trying to put together a very firm foundation for our group and good goals that are attainable and a timeline for when we would like to have certain projects ready to launch. We are building a list of adoptive families and are hoping that we can encourage our church to see the need for this ministry.
If any of you have started a group at your church, I would be very interested to see how you did it. Any advice would be cherished. You can e-mail me at timnkim@ gmail.com. We have Shaohannah's Hope info.
Please pray for us.

22 comments:

jennifer said...

That is awesome! I haven't started one, but we do have one at our church. The couple who started it have a blog: www.ampoche.blogspot.com
There will be a link on that to the ministry's website (His Heart for Orphans). She is a really awesome mom and would be more than willing to share her thoughts with you.

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Wow, this is great! It is so needed. I'll be interested to hear more as it gets up a running.

~Lynn

amy said...

Im so excited for you. let me know if your want the info for the people who started First Friday

LaLa said...

Wow what an awesome endeavor. I will be praying that all goes smoothly and can't wait to hear more : )

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Hope that all goes well for you with this group...

Sheri said...

This is great! I'll be praying for you and the others starting it, and for the success of this group.

Paula said...

What a great idea. I would love to be a part of that...if I only lived a bit closer. We don't have many adoptive families at our church.

k1 said...

A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I wasn't around a computer all weekend.

Hope you had a great day!

Michelle said...

Yeah for you!! I'm glad to hear you got the green light. Stefanie at Ni Hao Y'All posted a similar request a few months ago and she received several comments from those that have done something at their church. (I know this, because I read the responses because my husband and I have also considered it.) Check in her archives. You might find something there that is helpful!

Rebecca said...

We started an orphan ministry at our church using materials from Family Life. Thty have a "starter pack" that has some wonderful resources. I would HIGHLY recommend it!

Here is the link:

http://store.familylife.com/detail.asp?id=9613&p=&c=&g=

Blessings!
Rebecca

Amy said...

Hi, I dressed my blog up just for you!!!

Ashley said...

How exciting!! I hope things work out.

Gail said...

Would love to hear more about this Kimberley, as it progresses. :)

Nikki said...

That is SO wonderful! And you are just the person to do it...please keep us posted, because I'm thinking it might be in my future at our church...

Kristy said...

Oh my gosh Kimberly where do you get these headers from???? Purple is my favorite color!

Anyway I think the Adoption support group is an awesome idea. God for you.

Our daughter Astrud, you know the one...the one that would make the perfect DIL for yourself,(hehehe) is starting her own bible study at school. She came up with this all on her own without any coaxing from anyone. We are so proud of her!! God will bless you in so many ways thru this group Kimberly.

love, Kristy

Kristy said...

I ALMOST FORGOT!!! SO SO SORRY!!!

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU , HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO KIMBERLY , HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!

love, K

Alyson & Ford said...

I've thought about an adoption support group at our church too, but don't know how to start. Would you be willing to share the information you have gathered (I know, I have no idea where you get all your energy from!). There must be information and blogs on this already.... Just need to find the time. I think it is a great idea and hoping you will share your "start up" manual!

Alyson

Amy said...

Dear Kim, please add my blog to your Halloween blog contest. I was so sure you would have seen your daughter by September...or have you? I hope it's soon!

poppyandpeony said...

I'm amazed your Church wouldn't be more supportive and think it's grea you are taking the bull by the horns!

Here I don't think there would ever be a need, sadly, with only 200 adoptions (predicted total for 2008) in a country of 66 million let's just say you don't exactly have other families on your doorstep!

Good Luck!

Jonni said...

What a wonderful idea. You are truly an inspiration to me and an incredibale woman for all of those that you help.

Hugs,
Jonni

Jonni said...

P.S. Any news on a WC/SN list coming out? I hope that you are matched with Sophia soon. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Flamingo Mama said...

HI there! I somehow found your blog. I actually JUST started a church ministry. I am in the exact same place as you...larger church...green light wasn't 100% there at 1st but now it is. I am still really struggling. The ministry has been successful so far, but I don't have much groundwork laid...I have some couples that are interested but it seems like everyone is so busy...anyway, I would be glad to share with you what I am doing. There are TONS of great frameworks out there already. The best resource I found was Tapestry Ministries at Irving Bible Church. An incredible ministry.

You can email me at flamingo.mama@hotmail.com