We made a quick trip to Lee's Summit, Missouri this weekend. The Woods Chapel United Methodist Church there has an adoption ministry that provides various kinds of support for families during the adoption process and afterward. (You can see their website at http://www.adoptionresourcefoundation.com/ ) Our minister told us about them because they had helped his family when they were adopting a couple of years ago. One of things this church does is give grants to families, especially families adopting special needs children, to help with adoption and/or travel costs. We were the recipients of one of these grants a year ago, which helped us travel to Rachel.
Every year, the Woods Chapel UMC hosts a big adoption fundraiser with a silent auction and a golf tournament. They raise a LOT of money for adoption from this! The church invited us to come to the big dinner this year as a sort of Show and Tell and we decided to go. It ended up being a lot of fun. We chatted with lots of nice people, met some other adoptive families, and saw some of the terrific work the adoption ministry does. I was talking with a woman who had admired my girls and mentioned that her 3 year old daughter was from China. It turns out she was in the same orphanage as Katherine! I never cease to be amazed at how interconnected the adoption world is and how many ways the "invisible red threads" cross!