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18 May

Adoption Stories: We Were Made for This

Their biggest loss became our greatest gain and we will never forget that. We are forever grateful to have relationships that we would have never had without adoption. This has been the most unexpected blessing of adoption!Johnny and Paola, Adoptive Parents Made for This We truly believe we were made for this. Paola remembers telling her mom from a young age that she would adopt a child some day. She has talked about it for years, even before meeting Johnny. When we...

Haiti Stories: The Impact of Sponsorship
15 May

Haiti Stories: The Impact of Sponsorship

We don’t know how long we will be able to have contact with Malina and share the gospel with her, but our prayer is that she knows Jesus as her Savior and Lord. The Impact of Malina Cherisme As our children were growing up, we have always sponsored a child through various agencies. While this was nice, it was just sending money without having a personal relationship with our sponsored child and not really expecting to. The start of our journey to Malina...

Spring 2020 Katelyn's Fund Newsletter
20 Apr

Katelyn’s Fund Newsletter | SPRING 2020

“Learn to do what is right and what is good. Seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow.”Isaiah 1:17   OUR DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. We’re so excited to stay connected with you and share some of what has been going on in the ministry! We are always so fortunate to hear the stories of adoptive families, wait on the Lord and press into prayer, walk with our OneVision family in Haiti,...

Adoption Stories: So simple and yet so complex
13 Apr

So Simple, yet so Complex

When I think back to how He led us into adoption, it seems so simple and yet so complex, as is everyone’s story. I saw His hands and heard His voice in so many ways, now understanding that He had so many things to teach us. ...

Easter Morning Dance Party Playlist for Adoptive families and foster families to support each other and celebrate together
11 Apr

Easter Morning Dance Party

You turn mourning to dancing. You give beauty for ashes. You turn shame into glory. You’re the only one who can. You turn graves into garden. You turn bones into armies. You turn seas into highways. You’re the only one who can.Elevation Worship Can I just say what we all already know – Easter is going to look different this year. But we all also know what isn’t different – the One who the story is about. The same God...

Created for Connection Resurrection Eggs DIY, includes free printable
04 Apr

DIY Resurrection Eggs

“Being known. Our Western world has long emphasized knowledge—factual information and “proof”—over the process of being known by God and others. No wonder, then, that despite all our technological advancements and the proliferation of social media, we are more intra- and interpersonally isolated than ever. Yet it is only when we are known that we are positioned to become conduits of love. And it is love that transforms our minds, makes forgiveness possible, and weaves a community of disparate people...

Establishing New Healthy Habits
23 Jan

Establishing New Healthy Habits

There is in each of us an intricately interwoven desire for order. At some level or another, we are all walking through the messiness of life. How that looks for each of us is different, but the desire for order is not. As human beings, we crave it. Even the most adventurous spirit has a desire for clarity, certainty, and confidence. And yet, as the reality of life unfolds, we often find ourselves fighting for or forfeiting it. Adding foster...

Exploring Sensory and Motor Needs
07 Jan

Exploring Sensory and Motor Needs

All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body. Norman Cousins Many children from hard places have challenges meeting their sensory and motor needs.  Unmet sensory and motor needs can present as negative behaviors that interrupt other areas of life. Libby Van Bruggen, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, guides caregivers in understanding a holistic approach to identifying and helping meet various sensory and motor needs. Through these support resources, she works to help caregivers understand...

06 Jan

Ending 2019 with Gratitude

Now let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 To our faithful friends, All praise to Him and gratefulness to you as we look back over 2019 and look ahead to 2020 As I reflect on this past year, my mind is flooded with His faithfulness in so many ways. There were many challenges, there were many joys, He was in all of it. My mind is drawn to a song called, “My...

Image of people holding hands with the text Sioux Falls Support, Created for Connection with Mary Weber, MS, LPC, LMFT
30 Sep

Created for Connection

Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued – when they can give and receive without judgementBrene Brown We all need connection. It really is that simple. There’s no way around it, no way to fight it, no way to let go ignored. We were created by a loving and gracious Father not to do life alone. Yet, as easy as it is to admit this might be true, it is not near...