Go Tell It On The Mountain!
2010 was an exciting year at M.O.M.S., as we celebrated our 20th year of ministry in Dakota County and our Annual Christmas Banquet was no exception. Our theme this year, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” served as a dual theme. First and foremost as Christians, we always want to “go” and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation for our ministry, and it is because of our desire to care for his people, that we do the work we do. This year, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” or south of the river as the case may be, also conveyed our desire to “go” out and share about the M.O.M.S. Program as we embark on our program expansion. This, too, is good news and we are excited to share M.O.M.S. with those who don’t yet know us and let them know how they can partner with us in serving and equipping single mothers to build strong, healthy homes for their children.
Our banquet highlighted Valentine sharing her story of how she came from another country with her husband, and eventually found herself alone and homeless with her two daughters. She spoke of how her mentor and the M.O.M.S. Program, as well as others at Faith Covenant, provided practical support and assistance to move from a homeless shelter to where she is today. Valentine said she benefited from transportation to and from work for 6 months, help learning to drive a car, receiving a donated car, people to help maintain it, rides for her daughter(s) to medical appointments, her mentor attending school conferences and going to court hearings with her. Valentine stated that she didn’t just find a mentor at the M.O.M.S. Program, she “found another family because she doesn’t have one here”. Through additional help from the M.O.M.S. Program, Valentine recently moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom townhome. This is a very exciting step for her and her girls. She is attending school full-time to become a nurse, and works part time for a non-profit organization. Valentine’s story is one of courage and perseverance; of how a caring community can help bring a family from their lowest point to a place of hope and anticipation for the future!
Another highlight of our banquet was a graduation celebration for our single mom, Angel. She graduated after being in the program 4 years. She shared that “without the M.O.M.S. program, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” (for more, see related article, page 2) It is a very bittersweet time when a mom leaves the program. We are excited for her and her son and all that has been accomplished. At the same time, we are sad to see them “go” and will miss them. Fortunately, alumni moms can stay involved in the program as much and as long as they like. We have alumni moms who serve on our board, help at our fundraising events, attend family activities, and continue to get connected to resources through us.
Our evening rounded out with a “Time of Recognition” for mentors, board members (past and present), prayer partners and volunteers. They are truly the backbone and the hands and feet of our ministry. We could not do it without them! We continue to be blessed by the time, talent, and treasure of generous and giving people who care deeply for the single parent families in our community. We would like to extend a further thanks to those of you who could not attend the banquet but have been a part of making our ministry possible. So as we enter 2011, “GO” and tell those you know about the M.O.M.S. Program, our exciting expansion, and how they too can join this important ministry.
Blessings to all,
Jane Palmer, Program Director