"A Moment in Time" Women’s Conference will be hosted by Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley in Great Bend, on Saturday, April 2. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9 a.m., and will close by 5 p.m.
The cost is $15 and includes lunch and child care for children ages 5 and under. Pre-registration is required if needing childcare, and while registrations will be taken at the door, pre-registration is highly recommended for everyone. To pre-register for the conference, call the church at 620-792-7814 or Lori Jacobs at 620-639-1693. One can also contact Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The conference will feature speaker Missy Dollahon, Houston, Texas, author of the blog It’s Almost Naptime (www.itsalmostnaptime.blogspot.com). Dollahon is a writer with insight into all of our "Moments in Time." Her blog is not your typical "mommy blog." Instead, her musings run the gamut from witty and light to deep, thought-provoking and prayer-invoking. They touch on anything and everything: the nitty-gritty of daily life with four small children, social/political commentary, the calling and pursuit of adoption, and the ups and downs of walking faithfully through life with her husband and for the glory of God.
Dollahon and her husband, Walker, are parents to four young children. They are also in the process of an international adoption from Ethiopia of a baby girl they have already named Bethlehem. It was recently announced that Ethiopian adoptions may be reduced by around 90 percent.
"When we originally began the adoption process over a year ago, we believed we would have a referral for our daughter by May 2011 and have her home by the end of the year," Dollahon said. "Due to various circumstances, this appears impossible. The question is, will we bring her home in 2012 or when? I feel a strange sense of peace about this. God has made his presence so known throughout this ordeal and made it abundantly clear that this is HIS adoption, not ours. But, our hearts are heavy at the possibility of waiting much, much longer to hold our daughter than we had anticipated. We are hoping that this is just one of the hiccups on the road to international adoption that we have been warned about and will not last long."
The conference will also feature brea-out sessions on four other "Moments in Time." Krista Ball will share about "A Moment in Time of Cancer," and Michelle Pinkall will talk about "A Moment in Time of Abuse." Also sharing will be Michele Connor, who will talk about "A Moment in Time of Women’s Needs." Ball, Pinkall and Connor are all from Great Bend. The fourth break-out session will be shared by Naomie Beaujour and Myrtha Dor Boursiquot, who will talk about "A Moment in Time of Crisis in Haiti." These two women both live in Haiti and lost family members and loved ones in the earthquake. They work with Star of Hope International.