I had been remarried for only three months when I went to my first Survive ‘N’ Thrive conference. I attended, not as a single mom, but because someone invited me to sponsor a lunch table and I was curious to see how my donation was being used. Answering the call to support a single mothers’ conference was an easy YES for me. I had just spent the last five years raising two little boys on my own and I couldn’t wait to give back in some way.
I remember everything about my first conference experience. I sat in the back and listened to Pam’s message, looking around at the moms in the auditorium, and wept the entire time. It wasn’t because I felt sorry for, or had pity on the women. My heart was soft before the Lord because I could sense His presence in that place, and I could feel Him moving in the hearts of many moms from all different walks of life.
Everything about the conference was a reflection of God’s heart. From the worship, to the message, to the sweet spirit of the volunteers, love and acceptance filled the auditorium in the presence of our Savior. I watched women laugh, cry and support each other. I witnessed healing, freedom and reconciliation. I’ll never forget that first experience.
Since then, I’ve joined the Arise Ministries staff for one main reason: I believe in the work of this ministry. I serve with amazing women and volunteers, many of which, understand first-hand the life of singleness and raising children alone. I am confident God has a purpose for Arise Ministries and I am certain we have much work to do to advance His kingdom among the sisterhood of single mothers.
Are you a single mother in need of a retreat for your heart? I invite you to attend Survive ‘N’ Thrive. Watch out, you might just leave a better version of yourself, ready to handle life with a fresh perspective and a deeper sense of hope. Who doesn’t want that? Click EVENTS to find out more information.
Have you been a single mother or been impacted by a single mom? If so, would you consider making a donation to Arise Ministries to make this event a reality for someone who may not be able to afford it? My life was literally changed because someone invited me to buy lunch for ten moms. I’d like to extend that invitation to you as well. Click DONATE to partner with us in bringing the message of God’s grace to heart of a single parent.
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We’ll see you in June.
About Kim Heinecke
Kim Heinecke wants to live in a world where children listen to the advice of their mothers without question. As a former single mom she’s been encouraging women using her life experiences in parenting, growing in the Word of God and everything in between. When she’s not negotiating with a teenager or wrestling a pre-schooler, you can find her camping in the family RV or pretending to understand sports with her husband and four sons. Read more from Kim at www.TheMomExperiment.com.