I remember the day well. I was knee deep in dishes and diapers, daydreaming about the teacher conferences I used to attend. I’d always return home filled with vision and new ideas for the classroom. I needed that conference experience now, but not for teaching; I needed it for motherhood. Being totally honest with myself, I had to admit that I felt better prepared to be a music teacher which is what I went to college for, than to be a mother which I was doing nearly 24 hours a day.
I decided to share my frustration and my vision with my Mom2Mom group and I found I was not the only mom yearning for a continuing education opportunity. Others were excited about the possibility of “mom school.” After our church agreed to host the conference, we started planning our first event. Expecting 500 moms from Central Illinois to attend, we were completely blown away when 1,100 moms from 10 states showed up! It was that day that I realized that what we intended as a one-time event for moms, God intended for something bigger. Much, much bigger.
Here we are 21 years later and Hearts at Home now produces conferences in Illinois and Minnesota as well as multiple events in Europe every year. Our encouragement for moms has been expanded from just conferences to now include books, a free e-newsletter, an active Facebook page, this blog, and more!
Hearts at Home brings hope to moms!
However, we know we are not reaching every mom who needs this encouragement. We know there are moms who desperately need the continuing education we provide. We know that moms in other parts of the United States need a conference they can drive to. We know that moms all over the world need a website where they can access “how to” info on the challenges of motherhood.
We are excited about a new conference location in 2016! We are excited about upcoming changes to our website! We are excited to offer scholarships to moms who need financial assistance to attend a Hearts at Home conference. And we are excited about a matching gift challenge a very generous donor has offered to help us do those things!
Between now and December 17, any gift given to Hearts at Home will be doubled! That means a $10 gift becomes $20. $50 becomes $100. $500 becomes $1000! We have never had an opportunity like this before. And while we are a donor supported non-profit organization, you won’t hear us asking for money very often at all. In fact, this matching gift opportunity is a first for us in 21 years of ministry.
Mark and I have already given and so have our staff and many of our volunteers. Our donor will match up to $100,000 and we’re nearly halfway to that goal! But we can’t do it without you!
Has Hearts at Home encouraged you in any way? Has one of our books, a conference, or even this blog made a difference in your life? Would you please share a tax-deductible gift that will be multiplied times 2?
When you do, you multiply hope in more families! Thank you in advance for helping us reach more moms!