As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:3, NLT~
After a year of diligent work by a committee of parents, a psychotherapist, a nationally published author and leaders, our organization SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES had the great privilege of seeing a dream come to fruition in Fall of 2012. Our Parent Mentor Program began with 3 diligent, committed parents training to become solid mentors to other parents.
Here is how this training has proceeded: Over an approximate 12 week period 2 books have been read, one specifically on Christian mentoring and one on the basics of special need parenting. Brief informational videos have been viewed, and brief white papers all related to Christian mentoring and/or special needs have been surveyed. Each week, this team of trainees have grown together meeting on a Google + “hang-out” (video chat) where we went through chapter questions and discussed the materials. Personal experiences have been richly shared. And new ideas have been gleaned. As these mentor trainees have growth together, prayer for each other and laughter together has been a natural outpouring.
We are thrilled that this first class will be graduated from the training on January 21st and released to meet with their mentorees for a minimum commitment of 6 months. In fact, God has already divinely appointed one of our mentors a mentoree already! The exciting part is that these mentors have a menu of options they can choose from to guide their time with their mentorees. And God’s word is at the core of that menu. We are thrilled at the notion of witnessing the growth in these parents which is so central to our mission as a ministry.
With our first class graduating on January 21st, we are currently recruiting our next class of mentor trainees. We would like to have materials in those trainees’ hands the week of January 20th so we can have our first “hang-out” together the week of January 27th. If parents would like to have a front row seat to watch God recycling everything they have been through for the good of others and to the glory of the Almighty, this is a one-of-a-kind program that they will want to participate in. Those interested in serving as mentors should contact firstname.lastname@example.org at their earliest possible convenience as there is a bit of work to do before being accepted as a trainee.
Those who would like to have a mentor are also welcome to contact us. This is a truly unique opportunity to connect with another parent, excellent resources, ongoing support and a hope that lasts an eternity. What parent wouldn’t love that?
Regardless of your thought on becoming a mentor or mentoree, please join us in celebrating all that God is doing through the faithful work, loving deeds and enduring hope of those already involved. It is amazing to see His transformative compassion for parents of children living with special needs!