Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Amazing Weekend With Some Amazing Friends

This past weekend was filled with pure joy and it was too wonderful not to share with you all.  As most of you know Eric and I work with First Baptist Church's Love Department.  It is a special needs ministry that has been in place for over 25 years and is still going strong.  Each week we serve about 75 adults with various needs and I can honestly say that Sunday mornings are the BEST because not only do we get to worship God, we get to do so with some amazing people.  A majority of the adults with whom we work are clients of The Key Training Center.

From The Key Training Center's website:  "The Key Training Center, a private nonprofit Florida 501(c) (3) organization, is dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1966, the Key Center has offered Kindness, Love, Dignity, and Respect to individuals and their families. We offer a myriad of programs and services to meet the social, vocational, residential/housing and advocacy needs of Citrus County and West Central Florida. Funds to support the Center are derived from Voluntary Health Agency Grants and assistance at the Federal, State and Local Government levels... together with private/public contributions.

The Key Center is the only facility of its kind in Citrus County and the surrounding areas providing vitally needed community based services to over 300 developmentally disabled adults. The Key Center has served over 2,500 developmentally disabled citizens since its inception in 1966. Program participants are accepted and services are offered regardless of age, race, religion, color, creed, sex, nationality, or ability to pay. The Key Center takes great pride in being viewed as a leader and innovator at the Federal, State and Local level in the delivery of community based services to the developmentally disabled."

Not only does the Key serve our friends, but it is Dima's future as well.  I can honestly say that our friends who are Key clients live a very full and happy life.  Eric and I are grateful for all that the Key does for our friends and we pray that it continues to go on strong in the years to come.

But first, this past weekend we had the Love Department Vacation Bible School.  This year it was on Sunday morning for three hours and we ended with a pizza party.  I think it is safe to say that a wonderful time was had by all, especially our friends, and it blessed the hearts of those who help make it such a spectacular day.  Here are some videos from our VBS:




Myself, our friend, Ray, & Eric.

VBS was not the only excitement this past weekend, however.  On Friday morning our dear friends from the Key put on an amazing play called Music of the Decades.  It was one of the best plays EVER!  My friends had so much fun performing for the audience and you could see it in their faces.  I was fortunate enough to get some video of that as well, so here are my favorite clips:



Eric and I are so proud of our friends for putting on such a great performance!  A lot of hard work went into that play and we cannot wait to see what the Key comes up with next!

While we certainly had a great weekend, we were very aware of an absence.  Eric, the boys, and I kept saying to one another, "Gosh, Channah would LOVE this!".  As you can see our family is more than able to provide a happy, loving, stable, and fulfilling life.  Our family is comfortable and familiar with various special needs which will enable us to give Channah the best care possible.  Our home study is being finished up and Eric and I are gathering documents for our Dossier.  Hopefully in the next few weeks we can send everything off to our agency and move onto the next step which is USICS.  Would you please continue to pray for our family as well as Channah?  We understand that it is all in God's timing but we sure are anxious to make a little more progress.  Thank you.


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