Friday, October 30, 2009

More news on JHAM

It's been an exciting week!  Here's the ad going in our local paper for our Open House event!  I am just so thrilled to have Renea as a partner on this journey!  She is amazingly talented and makes everything we do... just that much better!
If you visit our website and go to the blog, you can see the video we made to share with churches.

Yesterday we joined the Mayor as she signed a proclamation designating the month of November, National Adoption Month, in the city of Trenton.  This picture will appear in Monday's newspaper along with a press release!  I'm adding the proclamation we wrote up at the bottom of this post, so if anyone is considering having your city do the same, please feel free to copy or modify this one.
We missed our other partner/founder/friend Melinda but I know she was with us in spirit!  We love you Melinda!

We have had soooooooooooo many people comment on hearing the Open Line radio program.  I am thrilled at the people it has reached!  I never dreamed when we met for lunch just a few short weeks ago that we'd be where we are now!  I can't wait to see where God takes us from here!  We have been experiencing a few attacks from the advesary, but my mom sent me this scripture this AM...

2 Chronicles 20:12
...for we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.
Looking forward.... JMS
Whereas, there are more than 500,000 children in the foster care system, and more than 100,000 of those children are waiting to be placed in permanent homes; and

Whereas, there are 147 million orphans worldwide needing the care and love of a forever family; and

Whereas, statistics regarding the future prospects for children who emancipate from the orphanages or foster care system are profoundly bleak, and

Whereas, theft, prostitution, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, and suicide affect the lives of the vast majority of children who grow up as orphans and never find permanent loving homes; and

Whereas, we recognize the compassion of adoptive and foster families as we seek to raise awareness of the need for every child to have a safe, loving, and permanent home; and

Whereas, we have joined with community and faith-based organizations to raise public awareness of the plight of the orphan and those awaiting adoption; and

Whereas, we will offer support to help families overcome the barriers of adoption and take steps to build a stronger, healthier, more diverse community; and

Whereas, may we honor foster and adoptive parents in our community who have shown the depth and kindness of the human heart. Their love and dedication inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams and demonstrate the true spirit of a community; and

Whereas, to help achieve this goal, Joint Heirs Adoption Ministry invites the city of Trenton, Missouri to participate in National Adoption Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I Cathie Smith, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of Trenton, Missouri, do hereby proclaim the month of November as


In Trenton, Missouri and call upon the people of Trenton, Missouri to observe this month by supporting appropriate programs, activities and ceremonies advocating adoption and to help make a difference in the life of an orphan.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 29th day of October, 2009


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