It was our delight to share about heart-based parenting strategies and stories and testimonies of how God is working in real kids and families. We also delved into potential child development root causes for the struggles the parents are seeing in their children and "what to do about it" action steps.
It is always our desire during our talks to create a warm and easy environment so that parents feel safe in sharing their concerns and questions. During and after this particular talk, we noticed that the comfort level increased and moms chatted eagerly about potential action steps they could take with their children.
While the event was hosted by a homeschool group called Bridge Tutorial at Belcroft Bible Church in Bowie, Maryland, the women who came represented many different outreach organizations who told them about us!!!! The word is getting out!
Report on our Director of Development, Joshua Meekins: Josh encouraged us to start recording podcasts to which parents could subscribe. Since this is a relatively new avenue for communicating to folks, we did a little research to familiarize ourselves with the term "podcast". In case you need to be enlightened also, here's the definition:
"Podcast - a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically."
Basically, it is like an old fashioned radio show over the internet. Josh takes care of all of the technology. We only need to provide a recorded 20-30 minute show and a written outline called "show notes'. We have recorded four of these podcast shows and here are the links to them if you want to listen. Feel free to share our podcast website:
We are excited to have another way to equip parents with encouragement and empowerment and build confidence in them as they parent their children -- especially those raising a special needs child or child with challenges. We are told that this generation of parents likes to download their favorite podcasts and then listen as they have available time.
We are moving! We are rejoicing that God has provided us a house to rent in Huddleston, Virginia. For the first time in our 37 years of marriage, we will be living in the country! Cows and hayfields will be our neighbors! This is the place where we will finish the Book!
Did we tell you we are in the process of writing a book? We believe this is the thing that will open doors for speaking engagements. We have noticed that there are many more opportunities for speaking when you have written a book.
It looks like we can move sometime around the 15th of July. In the meantime, we have packed up all our belongings and will place them in storage until then.
Our Latest Webinar: Each month we teach an online webinar on various topics. In June, it was, "Three Steps to Maximize the Next School Year for your Complex Child". If you want to listen, here is the link:
Events and other ministry happenings:
PEF Conference, July 25-28. Tom, Julie, and Amy will be heading south to Chattanooga, TN, for a missions conference where we will gather with others who are a part of our missionary community. We will have an opportunity to continue to speak about our work of empowering and encouraging parents who are raising a special needs child or a child with challenges. There is a great need inside and outside of the church.
Pasadena, Maryland - We are excited about our communication with a Pastor who would like us to come and speak at his church as an outreach to his community. Stay tuned for info on date and topic.
Owings, Maryland - We are in communication with a MOPS leader who would like us to come and speak to her group sometime in the Fall.
Harrisonburg, Virginia - We have been invited to speak to parents of a local Christian school in the Fall. Stay tuned for more information.
We lead a monthly support group for parents who are raising children with special needs.
We continue to support the foster and adoption community through volunteering at dinners for parents and offering encouragement and practical ideas and strategies through Facebook groups.
Praise for our son and Director of Development for getting our Podcast going.
Please pray for continued strategic planning with ministry leaders and individuals so struggling families can get a sense of "belonging" in faith-based communities.
Please pray for opportunities to speak to Bible Study groups and others who we can invite to partner with us in serving parents and their children.
Pray for opportunities to speak to groups of parents.
We would love to be able to host more tables at parenting events and conferences. Please pray that God would raise people to partner with us in gifting the fees for these tables/booths.
Pray for Amy as she has been accepted to Liberty University to start taking classes in the Fall. Pray for God's provision for her tuition and books.
Pray that our ministry financial needs would be met. We have a goal to be fully funded by the end of July. We are at 65% of our goal for the year. We are praying for an additional $21,000 in monthly and special gifts to reach this goal.
Thank you again for your partnership in this work of God.
Will you do us a favor? Will you share our ministry outreach and invite one person or group of people to sign up for our ministry newsletter?
We SO love having you on our ministry team!
Tom, Julie, and Amy
PEF Ministry address for tax deductible donations by mail:
Ministry of Tom and Julie Meekins
Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
100 5th Street, suite 330
Bristol, TN 37620