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‘Adopt-a-parent’ initiative aids struggling NWI parents

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Published on April 25, 2012 with No Comments

Parenting is tough with random sugar rushes, oodles of sporting events and the ever-so-frequent “can’t-get-to- sleep” nights. Just ask Jon and Laura Wold of Valparaiso, parents of two sons, ages 3 and 5.

But for 22,439 parents in Lake County, this is a reality many face alone.

Single parenting is a growing issue in the region with 40 percent of the population considered a single-parent household. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that approximately 50 percent of all births in Lake County are to unmarried mothers, contrasted by the national average of 34 percent.

For the Wold family, this was a reality they knew existed. And in the summer of 2011, they began having a heart to change.  At $20,105, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that a single mother’s median family income is 28 percent of the Lake County median income, which is $72,442.

The couple was overwhelmed by the poverty that loomed outside their comfortable, little bubble. Despite having the heart, the couple had no means for such change.

“We had a heart with no knowledge of where to go or what to do,” Laura Wold said.

 In the fall of 2011, Bethel Church of Crown Point developed a detailed research project, “Salt and Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana.” The project offers both statistics and solutions for social realities in the region. The Wolds read the guide along with a small group of four other couples from the church.  They recognized the strengths their small group had to serve alongside single parents.

“We found this to be the most effective route for us to serve,” Jon Wold said. “We are all young couples in our late buy australia. lowest prices and satisfaction guaranteed! twenties and early thirties with a heart for kids and parents at the same life stage as us and our children.”

The route the couples chose was an “adopt-a-family” initiative, suggested by Teri Worten Brooks in her article, “What Churches Can Do to Support Single Parent Families.” Brooks wrote that stable, married families could bless single-parent families through support and encouragement.

For Jason Topp, co-project director of Salt and Light of Northwest Indiana, this is an area of social change the churches have neglected.

“Too often churches rightfully uphold the value of two-parent households while unintentionally excluding or disparaging single parents,” Topp said. “Scripture abounds with references to God’s heart for the fatherless and the burdened and, through the church, he has offered an opportunity to be a part of a family large enough for all to fit in.”

The small group contacted their first single parent in January with the aid of Bethel Church’s benevolent ministry. As the church comes alongside the parents for financial purposes, the Wold’s small group is enabled to provide relational support and encouragement.

“Every parent we have contacted shows appreciation for the support,” Laura Wold said. “One mom we contacted said, ‘I can’t tell you how much it means that you called me. My family doesn’t seem to care for me as much as you and Bethel Church have shown’.’”

Since January, the five couples have developed relationships with two single parents.

One is a homeless father of an 11-year-old son. The couples aided the father in acquiring four job interviews, pending hiring. They also helped a mother of eight children in need of a from official certified pharmacies. places like uk have not given license to this product yet, to be sold in the open market although it is  washer and dryer.

In both circumstances, the Wold family expressed a desire to not merely be about “service.”

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But as this couple serves, they have realized what it truly means to love a neighbor.

“I have been exposed to the not-so-obvious sin of selfishness and judgmental attitudes,” Jon Wold said. “You think you’ve earned something when there’s nothing that separates you from anyone else.”

“It exposes how you stay in your comfort zone,” Laura Wold added.

The couple discovered through this initiative that serving with a church tends to stay within the church, never reaching into the communities. The couple hopes to encourage others to join in their efforts, reciprocating “the love and grace of God” given to the lowest prices for estrace vaginal cream from online pharmacies and prescription discount cards! before you vaginal cream , compare the best  them.

“Up until recently, I didn’t see the significance of Jesus’ command to go,” Laura Wold said. “It’s not a request. It’s a command. He isn’t asking if we have the time. This should be your time.”

Parenting is tough. This is the very motivation that spurs the couple, who has been married for six years, to aid those who do so alone.

“It’s hard with both of us,” Laura Wold said. “To think of the added weight by yourself?  We can relate to them. They can relate to us. And in both, we can share this life together.”

The couple understands it is a call to sacrifice; it is a call to be inconvenienced. But both said it is a joy worth fulfilling.

“The Wold’s group has a great chance to be that loving friend a single-parent family desperately needs,” Topp said. “Their group, and others like it, has a tremendous opportunity to build a great generic phenergan available phenergan price cvs relationship and become the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Salt and Light of NWI is a collaboration of local churches, non-profit organizations and community members seeking the welfare of communities and the proclamation of the Gospel. More information regarding this organization is available by contacting Joey Mayfield at 219-663-9200 or .

Jon and Laura Wold sit and play with their 3-year-old son, Evan. Recognizing the challenges of parenting, the couple began serving single parents in January.

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