Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV
Those of you who have been faithful followers of this blog and our ministry know that for the past year, we have had an excellent committee of dedicated individuals building a curriculum to train mentors of parents with children who have special needs. I am so proud to have this team dedicated to excellence and detail in providing a helpful tool for parents. The Mentor Program is born of a deep commitment to help parents to go from a place of tragedy to triumph, from a point where special needs make life feel like a burden to a point where challenges are transformed into a blessing. Our desire is to equip every parent of a child with special needs to be a full ambassador of Christ. However, as any parent in that position will tell you, that can be much easier said than done. So using the 1 Corinthians 11:1 model, we seek to equip parents with the tools necessary to give another individual or individuals a hand up.
Today, we open the program by inviting possible new mentors to apply. No more than 2 dozen will be accepted for this first wave of trainees. The training period will be approximately 3 months long, so mentors will be ready to begin with their new mentorees in January. What a great way to start 2013!
We hope you are as excited about the roll-out of this new program as we are! There is a tremendous sense here that God is up to something really big for this long-beleaguered population of parents. We hope you share the news with others, and welcome the opportunity if you would like to be part of a blog tour on this tremendous new tool. Meanwhile, the following flyer gives you a general overview of what is involved.