This past week, I had a great opportunity to attend a men’s lunch hosted by Lifeline Children’s Services. The lunch was an opportunity for pre- and post- adoptive dads to encourage one another. I met one man who was in process of adopting his seventh child. He has 11 children total. Lifeline plans to host these lunch gatherings quarterly as a way to allow adoptive fathers to gather for encouragement and support.
I was able to further understand all the great resources that Lifeline and other like-minded organizations make available. One such resource we were informed of is called Created to Connect. Created to Connect is a study guide teaching Biblical principles on parenting. I believe Lifeline lists Created to Connect as required reading for those adopting through Lifeline. It is available to download free of charge at http://empoweredtoconnect.org/guide/. According to one man at the lunch, the study was very helpful for his biological child as well as his adopted child. Watch the following video provided by empowerdtoconnect.com for more info on the study guide.
We also learned about an upcoming national orphan Sunday coming November 2. Lifeline has staff members willing to meet with pastors and to present orphan awareness material to churches on November 2. There are many promotional materials available to use to promote orphan Sunday. For more information and to view the promotional materials, visit: http://orphansunday.lifelinechild.org/
If you or anyone you know would like to be part of the quarterly men’s lunch, contact Blake Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blake is the Director of Operations at Lifeline. He helps organize the quarterly men’s lunch.