EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING IN CLEBURNE COUNTY!!

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR
God is on the move with The CALL in Cleburne County!!
We seek His plans for this ministry. He is answering our prayers and our dreams for 2017 already! Our primary goal was to make prayer a priority. We now have a Prayer Team Coordinator and two members of our leadership team will be part of a state led prayer team. Our goal for empowering our church representatives is off to a great start with our first ever Church Representative Appreciation Workshop. We firmly believe that empowering each church to lead the way in wrapping around their foster families is creating a culture of foster care. Another major goal of our county is to recruit enough full-time foster homes to consistently have 20 homes open for children coming in and out of foster care.  We currently have nine that fit that criteria. Three families just graduated from the foster parent training classes and we have enough interested families to create another class in April.
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:3 NIV
 
The Project Zero Heart Gallery is on tour in Cleburne County! We desired to have it here for a long time and would love for everyone to get a chance to see it in person. You will be changed. You see, every face on this Gallery is a real child with a real story in need of a forever family. These aren’t stock photos in a magazine or on a website. These are children throughout our state that do not have the ability to return to their family or origin due to no fault of their own.
The Heart Gallery was at the First Assembly of God in Heber Springs on 3/5. It will be at Heber Springs Baptist on 3/12, New Life Church on 3/19, and Heber Spring United Methodist on 3/26.
Visit projectzero.org for more information.

FABULOUS FEBRUARY MEETING!!
 
Thank you to the First Assembly of God church in Heber Springs for hosting our informational and support meeting last month. We had great attendance and a wonderful presentation by Lane and Denise Keeter. Thank you to all the volunteers for serving our families!!

NEW CALL TSHIRT DESIGN
We are very excited to unveil our new CALL t-shirt design!! Get your orders in today!! Call us at 501-539-2776 or email us at cleburnecounty@thecallinarkansas.org


HOPE CONFERENCE 2017

Cleburne County foster and adoptive parents participated in a weekend training in Little Rock dealing with issues related to foster and adoptive care. The weekend was full of great speakers who spoke on hard topics dealing with issues concerning caring for foster children.

 
We have a team and you can be a part of it!! By clicking on the link below, you can join our team of walkers or you can donate to our team, The Call in Cleburne County. All funds raised go to support The CALLImmerse Arkansas and Project Zero as they work to find the right home for every waiting child in Arkansas.  No more waiting!

THANK YOU ALI JONES!!
Thank you to Ali Jones and her unique way to serve the CALL and to do something for children in foster care! Ali will be competing for Miss Teen Arkansas International Pageant in April. She choose the CALL and Mattress Firm Foster Kids for her pageant platform and community service. She came up with the idea to provide journals for children who come into care as a way for them to express themselves through written words or art because that has helped her in the past. Pictured below is Ali as she gave the journals to Ashley Herring and Felicia Stone on behalf of the CALL. We thank you Ali for choosing the CALL and your heart for helping children in foster care. We wish you the best on your upcoming pageant.

You can help grow the love for The CALL by making a donation, during the 12 hour online giving event Arkansas Gives on April 6, 2017 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Arkansas Gives is a project of Arkansas Community Foundation (http://arcf.org/), a nonprofit organization promoting smart giving to improve communities.
The Community Foundation of Arkansas is challenging all Arkansans to make a donation on a single day in recognition of the vital work your local charitable organizations do.
As a special incentive to give, each gift made through Arkansas Gives on April 6,2017, will be matched with additional bonus dollars; the more you give, the more bonus dollars The CALL will receive. The CALL will also receive additional cash prizes for raising the most money and recruiting the most individual donors. Learn more about this one day of giving at

CHURCH REP APPRECIATION
 
We had a great turnout at our first ever church rep appreciation/workshop. We had 14 churches from across the county represented with 17 church reps in attendance!! The morning started with prayer and training on how to build a “culture” of foster care within the church. Who in your church would make a great liaison to The CALL? How can we help your church fulfill the mandate to help the fatherless? What does that look like practically (food and diaper drives, meals and wrap around services for foster families in your church, Stand Sunday, giving monthly). These are just a few of the topics discussed along with heartfelt stories and laughter! This year’s Church Rep Appreciation Award was given to JoJo and Andrea Riggs for their outstanding work in setting goals and bringing foster care to the forefront of their church’s mission! We pray that all of the church reps left equipped, encouraged, and empowered to be a liaison between The CALL and their church. Thank you for your hard work church reps!!

NEW PRAYER TEAM COORDINATOR
Our prayers have been answered!! Please welcome our new Prayer Team Coordinator Kasey Goddard!! She is already off to a great start posting prayer requests and updates on our Prayer Team Facebook page. If you would like to join our prayer team, please contact us at 501-539-2776!!

A VERY EXCITING VALENTINE’S DAY

We want to send a big THANK YOU to all that helped with our cookie dough fundraiser, those that bought cookie dough, and local contributions made towards our special edition of Date Night for February. Because of all the contributions made, The CALL of Cleburne County was able to purchase each of our 23 couples a $75 Visa gift card to go towards a special Valentine’s date. They were hand delivered with a special note last Friday. The surprise was well received and very appreciated by our parents.
A big thank you to Heber Springs Baptist Church for their “Date Night” ministry where they provided childcare for 24 children so that our couples could enjoy a night out on Valentine’s Day.
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