Chana Hanle is the Financial Coordinator for The CALL in Lonoke/Prairie Counties. She decided to join The CALL in 2014. It was during this time that she felt called to pursue adoption. She initially pursued this conviction through Arkansas’ Department of Children and Family Services. The state offers a 10-week training course for prospective fostering/adoptive parents. Chana soon realized that she could receive this training in just two weekends if The CALL became active in her county. With this information in mind, she attended an informational meeting about the open positions that needed to be filled in order for The CALL to be actively recruiting and training perspective fostering and adoptive parents in her area. She volunteered for the position of Financial Coordinator.
As the Financial Coordinator for The CALL in Lonoke/Prairie Counties, she provides financial information to the County Coordinators and Advisory Committee. She also works with our County Coordinators and the rest of our team to prepare the annual budget.
“My favorite part about the job is encouraging other foster and adoptive parents.”
Chana is a Certified Public Accountant. This job has given her 18 years of experience working for a Fortune 500 company. One of her favorite things to do when she has free time is to run. She is also a mother of four who loves to watch her children grow and mature.
We are so thankful for Chana and all that she does for the fostering and adoptive families in our area! One of the easiest ways that we can support our volunteers is to lift them up in prayer. Let’s be sure to thank God for the Chana and her service to the children and families of Lonoke and Prairie Counties!
Melissa Furnell volunteers as the Support Group Coordinator for The CALL in Lonoke and Prairie Counties. She and her husband initially served in the roles of County Coordinators for The CALL in our area from 2013-2016. She recently decided to rejoin The CALL so that she could help equip and support families who are opening their hearts, homes, and lives to children in foster care.
As the Support Group Coordinator for The CALL in Lonoke/Prairies counties, Melissa provides support for families who are serving as foster or adoptive parents. Her favorite part of the job is helping others understand that there are countless ways for individuals and families to help support fostering and adoptive families. In Melissa’s words, this is not an easy journey for them and that we as the church can come alongside them and help bear the unique burdens and challenges that they encounter.
“I believe everyone can do something, and supporting families is an extremely important and vital role to play.”
Melissa loves sharing her life with her husband Christopher. She is also a mother of three and loves homeschooling her children. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being outdoors.
We are so thankful for Melissa and all that she does for the fostering and adoptive families in our area! One of the easiest ways that we can support our volunteers is to lift them up in prayer. Let’s be sure to thank God for Melissa and her service to the children and families of Lonoke and Prairie Counties!
Jodi Whitehurst oversees The CALL Mall for Lonoke and Prairie Counties. She first joined The CALL when she and her husband opened their home to fostering and adoption. They went through The CALL’s training program in order to begin this process. Their home was open until they had their third child, at which point they decided to close their home until their youngest child was older. Jodi says that she loves to volunteer for The CALL because she loves being able to support foster children and foster families.
As The CALL Mall director, Jodi has a lot of responsibilities. These responsibilities include praying with our families, keeping the CALL Mall organized, distributing Mall goods as needed to our foster families, and collecting donations. She also runs The CALL Mall’s Facebook page for Lonoke and Prairie counties in order to keep our families and the community informed about what is going on with The Mall. One of her favorite parts of her job is fundraising and interacting with donors because “giving brings out the best in people.”
“It is satisfying to supply a need for families who are giving so much.”
Jodi is an English professor For Arkansas State University in Beebe. She is also a wife, a mother of three, a worship leader, and a Sunday school teacher. In her free time, Jodi also loves to play with her children, spend time with her husband, travel, and write.
We are so thankful for Jodi and all that she does for the families in Lonoke and Prairie counties. As always, one of the easiest ways that we can support our volunteers is to lift them up in prayer. When you think of it, be sure to thank God for Jodi and her service to the children and families in our area!
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
Matthew 28:6 ESV
Happy Easter from The CALL in Lonoke and Prairie Counties! Click on the links below for a few fun activities that you can do this Easter Sunday!
These rolls are a great reminder of Jesus’ resurrection, they’re super easy to make, and they taste GREAT!
Alternative Easter Egg Crafts:
We know that it might be difficult for everyone to get out and buy eggs to dye this year. Here are a few alternative options for your Easter Egg decorating!
Easter Egg coloring page:
Easter Egg painted rocks: https://www.projectswithkids.com/easter-egg-rocks/
Easter Bunny Crafts:
Here are a few extra, fun crafts for your day!
Easter Bunny Headbands:
We hope that these crafts make you Easter a little brighter this year!
The Boltons officially started with The CALL when they decided to receive training in order to open their home for adoption. The training that they received through The CALL led them to three years of fostering. Their home was open to children in the foster care system from July of 2013 to July of
2016. Fostering eventually led to the adoption of their daughter Paisley in 2014. In 2015, they adopted Brodie and Stella-Kate. In December of 2015, they took over the role of County Coordinators for The CALL in Lonoke and Prairie Counties. They have been serving in this role ever since.
As County Coordinators, the ways in which the Boltons serve are too numerous to count. Here are just a few of those ways:
- Run informational meetings that help prospective foster and adoptive families begin the process of opening their homes
- Help prospective families get started on the paperwork process and work with our PRIDE team to set up training sessions
- Work to organize and set up all of the events that The CALL hosts throughout the year
- Currently working to set up support group meetings
- Serve as liaisons to The CALL’s State Leadership.
All of this and so much more help to make certain that the fostering and adoptive families in our area are taken care of and well-supported.
“Our favorite part of this role is when we can see we are loving our families well. We help make connections for donations, meals and other help. We also get to be a part of events our families love and that makes us so happy! And we also get to talk about how adoption and foster care is an earthly picture of how much God loves us and wants us and that we have been adopted.”
Niki works as a full-time senior truck auditor and executive projects officer. She is also a full-time volunteer coordinator for The CALL and a full-time mom of three, which is by far her favorite job. She serves on her church’s tech team as well as in the youth ministry. Niki serves in all of these areas with a passionate spirit. One thing that drives all of this passion is her deep love for Jesus. When she has free time, she loves to hang out with her family and play games.
Brian works full-time doing computer security. He is also a full-time volunteer coordinator for The CALL, a full-time dad, and a volunteer for the church’s tech team and student ministry. He enjoys playing board games with his friends and family in his free time. Another fun fact about Brian is that he is an INCREDIBLE artist (seriously, you should ask him to draw something for you.)
We are so thankful for these amazing coordinators. One of the easiest ways that we can support our volunteers is to lift them up in prayer. Let’s be sure to thank God for the Bolton’s and their service to the children and families of Lonoke County!