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Thank you Wal Mart Corporate for inviting Project Zero and The Arkansas Traveling Heart Gallery to your headquarters in Bentonville this past week! What a pleasure it was to have the opportunity to share about Project Zero and waiting kids as well as to meet the passionate people who represent Wal-Mart.

 

 

 

Project Zero is thrilled to be a part of the second annual Walk for the Waiting! Register today as a sponsored walker or create a team for this incredible cause!!! www.walkforthewaiting.org 

Project Zero's 8th annual Disney Extravaganza!! This event is for waiting kids and approved and open waiting families! We have over 40 churches and business who are hosting Disney themed booths for this exciting event. Thank you so much to all of our volunteers for your creativity, passion and willingness to go above and beyond on behalf of our waiting kids!! If your church or business would like to host a booth- or if you would like to donate financially, please email Christie Erwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

   Thank you friends and supporters of Project Zero! We are so grateful for your encouragement and support throughout 2013 and look forward to what lies ahead in the year to come. For your information; 2013-year in review:

30 + children found their forever families as a result of Project Zero "connections".
22 events held
114 meetings attended
5 adoption unit planning sessions
4 conferences attended
3 videos produced
40 Heart Gallery photo shoots organized
14 Heart Gallery exhibits
Helped plan the inaugural "Walk for the Waiting"
Funded and Premiered the new Arkansas Traveling Heart Gallery
Continued mentoring program
Talked individually with countless adoptive parents, foster parents and potential adoptive parents

Thank you and may God richly bless you in the coming year!! :)

What an incredible night of celebration and excitement we had at 
the 2013 Heart Gallery Gala and the premiere of the new traveling
Arkansas Heart Gallery! We are so grateful for the over 30 photographers
who dedicated their time and talent to make our dream of a physical
statewide heart gallery a reality!! The photos will slowly be added to our
website and the photo, along with a bio, will be added to the Arkansas
state website at adoptarkansas.org Thank you for coming to the gala and
for your constant support and encouragement!! 

Project Zero's upcoming events!

*Flock to the Fair -for all Arkansas foster families and waiting kids! Thursday, October 24, 6-9 pm at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church! Please RSVP to Carly at 455-3474 by October 14. 

*Heart Gallery Gala- Arkansas Heart Gallery Premiere! Saturday, November 2, 5-7 pm at Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Road in Little Rock. This event is open to the public and there is no charge for this event! Join us as we kick off National Adoption Month by celebrating adoption and viewing the new Arkansas Heart Gallery.

*National Adoption Day- Thursday, November 21, 12:30 pm at the Pulaski County Juvenile Justice Complex. Join us for a press conference, adoption finalizations, and a balloon release. 

*Children's Christmas Event! Join the Junior League as they partner with Project Zero to host a HUGE Christmas event for foster children! Saturday, December 7, from 8:30-11:30 at the Junior League Building, 401 South Scott. Food, crafts, fun!

 

Click on the link below to get just a taste of Project Zero's 6th Annual Disney Extravaganza for waiting children and waiting families! A huge thank you to our over 120 volunteers; to churches and businesses who went over and above to make this years' event the best one yet! 

 

https://vimeo.com/73897085 

There are days when the good news about adoption from foster care is breathtaking, eye opening and vision fulfilling. Today was one of those days. I want to share an email that I received last night from a new friend of mine. She and her husband saw a picture of some children from our Heart Gallery and she emailed me to inquire about them. I gave her the information she needed and when I saw her again at the Disney Extravaganza, she and her husband were meeting them. Shortly thereafter, they were chosen by the adoption specialist as the forever family for these children. And last night, she sent me this update: (I've changed a few words to protect the privacy of these precious ones!)

"Christie,

I thought I would let you know that things are progressing well with the kids and they are definitely our forever children! We are having overnight visits with them, which are going so well...until we have to take them back. At that point they are so sad and it is a difficult process. But soon, that will be over and they will be in our home forever! In fact, H asked me this weekend if "after I am big can I still live with you?" We,of course, said he could live with us forever!!! He then said, "mom, you are the best mom I have ever had!" While it warmed my heart to hear him say this, I was also deeply saddened to think that this - year old has had to call so many women mom in his short life. It is not the way family was intended to be. But God consistently reminds me in those moments that my children were HIS far before they ever called me mom. Christie, this process has changed our lives in so many ways. God is so faithful. It is not a process for the faint of heart, but God in His goodness and timing sees you through when you walk in obedience.

Last night as we were dropping the kids back off at their foster home after a fantastic weekend with them, they were all very upset and begging us to take them with us. We explained many times that we would be seeing them soon, etc. In that process, H said, "mom I miss you so much when you are gone. Can I have something to think of you when I am sad?" I reached down and took off my Project Zero bracelet (1+1=0) and placed it on his wrist. For a moment, he stopped crying and said, "thanks mom you are the best. I can always think of you now." And as I left, I too wept for my children...for this process...But I also wept with the joy of knowing the hope of our future...They will no longer be statistics. They will be home forever..."

Wow. My eyes teared, I held my breath and my heart was so full, as I heard firsthand the life change that is happening in this precious new family.  Once again I stood in awe of a heavenly Father who so beautifully, with great purpose and intent, brings parents and kids together in a way that only He can. I am so grateful for the passionate way this family pursued adoption and for the way they are already loving their children well. What an incredible gift for Project Zero to get to be  a tiny part of the story!

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