Ministry of Tom and Julie Meekins
Ministry Friends Newsletter

Dear Ministry Friend,

What a joy it has been to have many conversations this week with folks who care about parents and who want to pray for this ministry to which God has called us.

You all add fuel to the fire that is in our bellies! Thank you!

Our ministry story really begins over 20 years ago when all four of our children were in the family nest and life got really intense. We thought you might enjoy a before and after picture of the precious children who God used mightily to show His faithfulness so powerfully day after day and year after year.

Recently we had the opportunity to chat with some parents who have worked with us. Here are some things they had to say:

"Thanks to you we received empowerment as parents and encouragement as a couple. I am thrilled with what you two are doing for families. All around me I see hurting and exhausted parents.  We will definitely pray for your ministry." Mother of two girls.

"Working with you helped me to realize that my child wasn't going to be 'fixed' in a little bit of time. It was more about getting equipped to unlock places where he was stuck developmentally and to help him reach his potential." Mother of 3 boys.

A few months ago, we had the privilege of hosting a booth at a Foster Care and Adoption Conference. You may remember this photo of Amy manning the booth.  During the course of conference we had the opportunity to chat with many parents who are in the trenches with children from difficult situations. They were looking for hope, encouragement, empowerment, and strategies to raise the children within their care.  

Along with us there were other support organizations hosting booths. Just this morning, we got an email from one of those organizations which "focuses on helping families in crisis... keeping children safe & reuniting families."  This is their request:
"We met at the Foster Hope Conference where you had a table set up.  I am the Family Coach Supervisor and was one of the organizers for the conference. My director and I would like to see if we could set a time to meet with you and see if we might use you as a resource for the families we work with.  We would like to get a better understanding of exactly what you teach."
How cool is that?!!  Getting out into the community will get the special brand of hope and help that we bring to those working with families and children. are a significant part of that wonderful effort.  Thank you!

Please pray that we will have ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand God's next steps for us as we minister to parents - and especially those raising children who have challenges.

Please know also that we pray for you. If you ever have a specific request that you would like us to pray about on your behalf, we would love to intercede for you.

May our God richly bless you!

Tom, Julie, and Amy Meekins

PS. Check us out on the PEF Ministry website.