I recently had the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for Adoption Support Alliance. ASA is a Charlotte based non-profit that provides support and services to local adoptive families. They offer adoption support groups, educational classes, and counseling. Through the work of ASA, adoptive families in the Charlotte region are better able to connect to one another and get the needed support to navigate the complexities of being an adoptive family.
Our family has been richly blessed by ASA. The classes we have been able to attend and the families we have been able to meet have encouraged and equipped us to boldly move forward in our own family’s adoption journey. So I was eager to say yes when they asked for my help.
In the fall, ASA hosts a family photography fundraiser. Each family that purchases a ticket receives a 20-minute photography session with a local photographer. All the proceeds go to fund the work that ASA is doing year round. I’m incredibly thankful to all the families that came out to have their pictures taken!
Social distancing and quarantine have nothing on Lucy! This little lady turned 7 and she wasn’t going to let a global pandemic stop her from partying. Her friends showed up in big numbers to parade in front of her house, from the safety of their cars, and show Lucy how much they love her. This will certainly be a birthday to remember.
God is in the business of restoration. And the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center is boldly and tirelessly working to bring restoration to communities in need. This block party was a celebration of two years of restoring hope to those who are hurting. Restoring trust between the police and the communities they serve. Restoring relations across race lines. And doing it all for the glory of God.
If you would like to know more about how to get involved with the Dream Center, visit their website at http://cltdc.org
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center exists to give hope to the hopeless by engaging forgotten communities and joining their hands with the body of Christ across Charlotte.
One of the outreach ministries of the Dream Center is Adopt-A-Block. Every Saturday, a volunteer team visits the J.T. Williams community to serve the people in the neighborhood. Relationships are being built and the gospel is being shared. In honor of the ministry’s one year anniversary, the Dream Center team threw a massive block party. Children were invited to participate in games and crafts, free hair cuts were given by a local hairdresser, and everyone was treated to a feast prepared by Chef Jim Noble.
To learn more about the Dream Center or to get involved with their many outreach opportunities, visit their website at http://cltdc.org
These girls spent the entire afternoon being silly and playing games. They broke into fits of contagious giggles as they challenged one another to eat gross flavored jelly beans. They knew every single word of every Taylor Swift song that came on the radio. And they sang and danced without abandon the way only ten year old girls can do. This birthday party wasn’t about painstaking details or fancy decorations. It was about having a great time with your best friends. I hope that some day, years down the road, they look back on these pictures and remember the simple joy of turning ten.
Eight years ago, Katie and I became acquaintances. Then over time, we became friends and prayer partners and travel buddies. Katie is creative and thoughtful and intentional with her words. And somewhere along the way, her friendship has become one of my most treasured relationships.
Katie is having a baby. And if I’m honest, it’s bittersweet for me. Sweet because she’s getting to become a mama and she’s going to be great at it. But hard because now I’m the one left still hoping for a pregnancy.
It’s the time of year when we celebrate the things we’re grateful for. I’m grateful for Katie. Grateful for her love for Jesus and the way she reminds me of His love for me. Grateful for the tears she let me cry when she told me she was pregnant. Grateful for the joy she brings to me and to so many others. It was an honor to get to host a shower for my dear friend.
Founded in 1989, the Barnabas Center is a Christ-centered counseling and training ministry in Charlotte. This year, the Barnabas Center celebrates 25 years of impacting the lives of the people in our city. This side of heaven, life is hard. Each of us encounters disappointment and rejection, and our lives are full of struggles and questions. The brokenness of this life can easily move us towards despair. The team at Barnabas believes that our brokenness can point us to Jesus and our need for Him.
This night was a celebration of the impact the Barnabas Center has had in its first 25 years. It was a celebration of the relationships that have been restored, the addictions that have been defeated, the hearts that have been healed, and the truth that none of it would have been possible without Christ.
It was a big night for Lisa. Her artwork is an outpouring of her heart and a celebration of beautiful places. And until recently, it is a collection that has been shared primarily with private audiences.
Local salon, Orange Olive Hair Gallery, is committed to supporting local artists. The salon hosted an art show for Lisa and will be displaying her work for the next three months. A trip to Orange Olive can result in a fresh new look for your hair or a great new piece of art for your wall. So go by and check it out!