Adoption Resources and Assistance

Adoption Resources and Assistance are available.

In light of the Roe v. Wade decision being overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States, there are resources available that can help mothers – whether they do not want to be mothers or whether they are in need of assistance in obtaining resources, such as diapers and formula. Please do not feel as if you do not have any options because there are more options to you than just abortion. There are so many Christians who are willing to help.

For those mothers wishing to give their child(ren) up for adoption and / or in need of resources for their babies, there are a few great resources that I know of that are willing to help:

Lifetime Adoption: Go to the website and click through the prompts to get information about giving up your child for adoption.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes: Go to any of their locations to give your child up for adoption. This option allows the mothers to be completely anonymous, no questions asked. Once you place your child in that box, the child goes to DCS, where they will be placed with a foster family for 30 days where they verify that all parental rights are given up. Then, the child will be adopted immediately.

Miriam Pregnancy Counseling Center: This is a chain of resource centers that are Christ-centered. They have counselors, resources, and a network of support for mothers. There are locations in Indianapolis as well as Texas.

Hope Resource Center of Bedford, Indiana: This is a resource center where they have counselors ready to help you through the process of giving your child up for adoption. They also have many free resources such as a ultrasound machine to take pictures of the baby growing in your womb, free diapers, free clothing, and lots more.

LIFE Family Resource Center of Orange County, Indiana: This resource center has counselors ready to help you through the process and look at your options. They also have many free resources, such as free diapers, free clothing, free baby wipes, free pregnancy tests, and so much more.

For Christians who are looking to adopt, there are many options as well:

Adopting through DCS, which is typically free.

Adopting through an Adoption Agency, such as Lifetime Adoption

Adopting with the help of an Adoption Consultant, such as Christian Adoption Consultants or Faithful Adoption Consultants

If you need any assistance in finding a pregnancy resource center near you or if you need prayer or someone to talk to, please comment below or contact me. I am willing to help.

P.S. I am willing to adopt your baby, and I know of many families in my church that are willing to adopt your baby.

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Another Guest Post for Sovereign Grace Singles

Check out my second guest post on Sovereign Grace Singles about Reformed Christian Online Dating, and if you are a single Reformed believer in Christ, please consider joining Sovereign Grace Singles. Blog post link: https://sovereigngracesingles.com/?na=v&nk=0-5148c1c624&id=42https://sovereigngracesingles.com/?na=v&nk=0-5148c1c624&id=42

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19, 2022. According to the United States Census Bureau in 2019, “20.2% (about 7 million) are “absent” dads of all of their minor children.” According to the United States Census Bureau in 2021, “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.4 million children, 1 in 4, 
live without a biological, step, or adoptive father in the home.” This is a problem as many children growing up without a father figure end up with behavioral issues, missing out on educational opportunities, and are more likely to be depressed (fatherhood.org). However, we also know that not all fathers are absent, and therefore, we celebrate those dads who work hard to be a part of their children’s lives. Here are a few gift giving ideas for Father’s Day to help celebrate the positive father figures in your life:

Ultimately, our Father is in Heaven who truly cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). If you have a godly father on earth, celebrate him this month, and if you do not, look to our Heavenly Father who is with you (Hebrews 13:5).

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Guest Post for Sovereign Grace Singles

Check out my guest post on Sovereign Grace Singles about Tips and my thoughts on Reformed Christian Dating and courting, and if you are a single Reformed believer in Christ, please consider joining Sovereign Grace Singles. Blog post link: https://sovereigngracesingles.com/2022/01/28/my-thoughts-for-reformed-christian-singles-on-dating-and-courting/

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Big List of Trunk N Treat Theme Ideas

Are you looking for ideas for how to decorate your trunk for your church’s Trunk N Treat? This year, our church is doing a Trunk N Treat for the first time in a long time, and I have been looking at my big list of ideas to get inspired. And I would like to share this list with you as well. These ideas are ones that would be good for using at a church’s Trunk N Treat, so in this list will be biblical themes.

My theme for this year’s trunk is based on the Secret Garden with a combination of 1 Peter 1:24-25. I have flower decorations, and a poster board with the Bible verse on it. I even have a flower garland with fairy lights in it to make it stand out.

For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you.”

1 Peter 1:24-25 (NASB)

Biblical Themes

  • Noah’s ark
  • Christmas – Jesus is the greatest gift of all!
  • Christmas nativity
  • Philippians 3:14 – “I press on toward the goal of the upward call in Christ.” – paired with a Sports theme
  • David and Goliath
  • John 3:16 paired with a globe
  • Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – paired with a globe
  • Resurrection of Jesus
  • Lamb of God
  • Angels
  • Galatians 5:22 – Fruit of the Spirit – paired with a fruit stand
  • 10 Commandments
  • Reformation Day and the 95 Theses
  • Wandering in the wilderness – manna and quail
  • God’s creatures paired with the zoo
  • Jonah and the big fish
  • Paul shipwrecked
  • Garden of Eden
  • Job 28 – Mining for wisdom as you would mine for gold
  • Jesus feeds the multitude (fish and bread)
  • Owl you need is Jesus
  • Fishers of men
  • Fall in love with Jesus
  • ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus – paired with Candy Land
  • Let my people go – plagues in Egypt
  • Fully Rely On God – FROG
  • Bee attitudes – Blessed are the …
  • The woman at the well – Jesus cares for us and is the Living Water
  • Taste and see the Lord is good
  • Store up your treasure in heaven
  • Daniel in the lion’s den
  • Ruth and Naomi – God takes care of us / Friendship
  • Zaccheus in the tree
  • Jesus walking on water
  • A mighty fortress is our God – castle
  • The Lord’s Army – dress like a soldier
  • “Be not afraid … for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 – paired with army theme
  • God’s Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path – paired with glow in the dark
  • Ephesians 6 – The full armor of God
  • Philippians 1:6 – “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – paired with a construction theme and He’s not finished with me yet.

Fall Themed

  • Pumpkins
  • Apples
  • Fall leaves
  • Corn / Harvest

Christian Culture

  • Veggie Tales
  • Adventures of Odyssey
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lord of the Rings
  • RefToons
  • The Biggest Story
  • Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Polar Express
  • Whatever the Vacation Bible School theme is for this year (review) or next year (sneak preview)

General Themes

  • Around the world – different countries
  • Ocean
  • Desert
  • Forest
  • Prairie
  • Rainforest
  • Tropical / Luau
  • Frozen tundra

Quick Themes and Easy Hacks

I have seen a church in Florida do a “The Biggest Story ABC” theme, where each trunk was a different letter of the alphabet; of course, you would need 26 cars or tables for that theme.

If you are in the Paoli, Indiana area, I invite you to our Trunk N Treat!

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ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters: Z

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Are you looking for ideas for what to write to your sponsored children? Throughout this ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters series, I am going to share lots of ideas with you on letter writing. These ideas are useful for any child sponsorship program, but I may give some specific ideas for Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, and Eden Ministries.

Yay! We have made it to the end of the series! Thank you for following along as I share all sorts of ideas for writing to your sponsored children. I hope you got a lot out of the series and that your letters are feeling fun and exciting again.

Today’s ideas are about the Zoo and animals. Your sponsored children most likely love learning about animals. My Edith hopes to be a veterinarian one day, so she definitely enjoys hearing about animals.

letter and coloring sheet

So what sorts of things about animals are worthy of writing about? Here are some topics to write about, and if you need questions to ask your children, these will work for some of the questions as well.

  • What are your favorite animals?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What kinds of pets do you have?
  • Do you have names for your pets?
  • What animals are found near where you live?
  • What animal do you wish you could see someday?
  • Are you afraid of any animals?
  • What kinds of animals are considered pests in your area?
  • Does your community or family use an animal to help them in farming?
  • What animal would you like to know more about?
  • Have you ever been to the zoo?
  • What animals can be found at the zoo?
  • Send pictures of animals that you see when you visit the zoo. You can also send your sponsored children pictures of animals that you want to write to them about.
  • Send pictures of animals that you see when you are traveling (the ocean, the mountains, etc.)

Join in on the conversation!

I always love hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment on this post. What are some ideas you have for writing to your sponsored children? Do you ever get stuck on what to write to your sponsored children?

Sponsor a child

Please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, or Eden Ministries. By sponsoring a child through any of these organizations, you will help a child and their family. They will receive an education, food, clothing, health care, shelter, and the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters: Y

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Are you looking for ideas for what to write to your sponsored children? Throughout this ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters series, I am going to share lots of ideas with you on letter writing. These ideas are useful for any child sponsorship program, but I may give some specific ideas for Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, and Eden Ministries.

Today, I am writing to share with you that you need to be You. If you write as though you were someone else or are not being genuine in your letters, your sponsored children will figure it out. They receive each of your letters and remember what you write to them. Therefore, be you!

letter and coloring sheet

So how can you be genuine in your writing? How can you show your true self in your letters to your sponsored children? Here are a few ideas that I have on being yourself when writing to your sponsored children:

  • Share when times are difficult for you.
  • Ask them to pray for you and your family.
  • Be honest about struggles that you have.
  • Genuinely care about them and pray for them.
  • Do not write things you do not mean or do not believe.
  • Share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Share that we all will face trials and difficulties in life but we can rely on God throughout those times.
  • Share what you are learning in life – about God or something else.
  • If there is something you do not know, that is okay. Tell them that you do not have all the answers.
  • But remember to share that you are truly there for them. Knowing that they are not alone can make all the difference in the world.

Join in on the conversation!

I always love hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment on this post. What are some ideas you have for writing to your sponsored children? Do you ever get stuck on what to write to your sponsored children?

Sponsor a child

Please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, or Eden Ministries. By sponsoring a child through any of these organizations, you will help a child and their family. They will receive an education, food, clothing, health care, shelter, and the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Beautiful Are the Feet

There has been a lot of bad, sometimes scary news in the world for sure, especially it seems this year. From hurricanes to helicopter crashes, from COVID-19 to the “Cuties” Netflix show, from closing churches to child trafficking: there has been so much that has happened this year, and we are only in September. However, believers have the good news, which Christ has called us to share with the world. Believers know the truth, that God is still Sovereign and is working all things for our good and His glory.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 NASB

We can look at verses in the Bible like Ephesians 2:4 and understand that even in the face of bad news, there is still good news.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:4-10 NASB

Are you feeling scared, anxious, or downtrodden after watching the news? Look to Christ for your comfort. Because He lives, there is no need to fear the happenings around the world. We can instead prepare our hearts for the trouble that will come and remind ourselves that Christ is with us.

“Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16: 32-33 NASB

Jesus promised that we would have trouble in this world; however He also promised that we believers will have peace in Him. He also gave us a hope – that He has already overcome the world. Therefore, we do not have to fear, but we can have peace in Christ. Not only did He give us promises and hope, He also gave us a command. In Matthew 28, He gave the disciples (and ultimately the Church) the mission to share the good news of the Gospel with the whole world. So now that we have the hope of assurance in Christ, we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to go out in boldness and tell others of the hope we have in Christ.

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 NASB

By sharing the Gospel with others, we can help others understand the peace that only comes in Christ. And do you remember how you feel about those who bring you good news? Do you feel that they are blessings when they bring good news? That is most likely how people will feel when you bring them the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they accept that good news. However, how will the world know about the good news if no one is willing to go out of their way to share the Gospel with others?

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” – Romans 10:12-15 NASB

It is apparent that believers have the responsibility of sharing the Gospel with others. This is your invitation to tell others about Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior. There are many ways that you can get involved in sharing the Gospel:

  • Pray for others to come to know Christ
  • Invite others to church
  • Tell others about your faith
  • Consider sponsoring a child through a Christian organization, such as Compassion International
  • Support your pastor by praying for and encouraging him
  • Serve in the church

By sharing the Gospel with others, your feet can be considered beautiful because you are bringing hope to the world in the midst of the darkness.

Sponsor a Child

Please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International. By sponsoring a child for $38 per month, you can help that child get an education, school supplies, food, clothing, health care, and most importantly the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can help bring the good news to children in poverty around the world.

Join in the Conversation

I always love hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment on this post. Do you sponsor a child through a Christian organization? How do you serve in the church? Are you looking for a church to attend?

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Book Review x 3

I am playing catch-up with my book reviews. I have recently finished three books:

  • 5 Minutes in Church History by Stephen J. Nichols
  • Budgeting for a Healthy Church by Jamie Dunlop
  • The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ by John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton

Recently I have been very interested in reading all the books I can to learn how to best help my church (First Baptist Church Paoli) to grow and share the Gospel. So my reading list has a lot of books about churches and church history.

5 Minutes in Church History by Stephen J. Nichols is written much like the really cool, informational podcast that Nichols does called 5 Minutes in Church History. The book has short chapters, and it covers the early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the Modern Age. If you only have money to buy one new good book, this is the book that you should buy if you want to learn more about church history. It is a really well written book, and I enjoyed it.

Budgeting for a Healthy Church by Jamie Dunlop is a book in the 9Marks series. The book is focused on helping pastors prayerfully design a budget that will help your church’s ministry reach goals that grow god’s Kingdom. Church members can read the book, but Dunlop really had this book in mind for pastors as they lead the church. This book also offers a few examples and resources that can help your church as you all look at your church’s budget and where the money is going. I picked this book up because I would like to know more about how to help my church as a treasurer, and while this book is geared more for pastors, I think I learned a few things from it. If you are a pastor who wants to look more closely at the budget, this book may be a good resource for you.

The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ by John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton is a good book for Christians and church leaders who want to get the basics of social media and how to use social media to share the Gospel. Since I help with my church’s social media and website, I thought I would try reading this book to find a few new ideas. This book has a wide range of essays on using social media for Christ. If you are somewhat new to using social media for church, this is a book that you might find to be a good resource.

Join in on the conversation

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment on this post.

    Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?
    What books have you been reading lately?
    In what ways do you serve in your church?
    What would you like to know more about in the areas of the church that you serve?
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ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters: X

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Are you looking for ideas for what to write to your sponsored children? Throughout this ABCs of Child Sponsorship Letters series, I am going to share lots of ideas with you on letter writing. These ideas are useful for any child sponsorship program, but I may give some specific ideas for Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, and Eden Ministries.

Today’s post is about how eXciting it is to receive a letter. Did you know that in some places around the world that the whole community celebrates when a child receives a letter from their sponsor? They see letters from the sponsor as something that can encourage and strengthen the child, the family, and even the community. This shows the importance of writing letters to our sponsored children.

letter and coloring sheet

Do you get excited when receiving a letter from your sponsored child? They are just as excited to hear from you. They treasure your words because they know that you love them. In some cases, it is the first time that anyone has ever told them that they love them. Therefore, it is so important to write to your sponsored child. Here are some ways to make your letters eXtra special.

  • I love you!
  • I am praying for you.
  • I am cheering you on as you study and learn.
  • I am so thankful for you in my life.
  • You are a blessing to me.
  • You are special, and God created you unique.
  • You are someone I celebrate in my life.
  • I celebrate when I receive a letter from you.
  • I keep your letters in a special place.
  • I tell my friends about you.
  • I tell my church about you.
  • Jesus loves you.
  • You are important in my eyes.
  • God cares about you deeply, and we can tell Him about everything that goes on in our lives.
  • Send stickers, pictures, and drawings to them.
  • Send a birthday card or other greeting cards to mix things up. They really like the pictures on greeting cards.

Join in on the conversation!

I always love hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment on this post. What are some ideas you have for writing to your sponsored children? Do you ever get stuck on what to write to your sponsored children? What else do you like sending to your sponsored children?

Sponsor a child

Please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International, Haiti Outreach Ministries, or Eden Ministries. By sponsoring a child through any of these organizations, you will help a child and their family. They will receive an education, food, clothing, health care, shelter, and the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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