“To be honest with you, every day we see kids on the news and hear stories about kids that were either mistreated or a lot of them have even been killed,” said DeWayne Mullinax, owner of The Gate. “This always touches our heart. So when we found a ministry that was geared toward children, we really just wanted to try to help the best way we knew how.
“We’re big Southern gospel fans, so we thought what a better way to do that than to have a concert and take up a love offering that would help them. Plus [Bartow Family Resources Executive Director] Maryland Guthas is a really good friend of ours and a big supporter of our ministry, so it made perfect sense for us.”
While there will be no charge for admission, a love offering will be taken for the Adoption Support and Orphan Care Ministry, which is one of the newest programs of Bartow Family Resources. A nonprofit since 2007, the Cartersville organization assists more than 2,500 people each year through its offerings, some of which include parenting classes, pregnancy education, pre- and post-abortion education, maternity and infant needs, support groups, Adoption Discovery classes and free pregnancy testing.
“In valuing life, we value the beauty of building your family through adoption,” said Cindy Smith, director of Bartow Family Resources’ Relationship Center. “Our desire is to come alongside other helping agencies to really promote the gift of adoption, the beauty of adopting. So to do that, we need to have the educational resources to be able to hold education classes, such as Adoption Discovery, Orphan Care Network. [We also are] searching for ways to support our Department of Family and Children’s Services’ foster care as well as other foster care agencies.
“... [At] the Relationship Center, we see adoption as a big part of relationships in our world. And we really want to change the climate about adoption because there’s so many negatives, misunderstandings. We want to support those families that choose an adoption plan, but we also want to be a comfort and an education to those who for some reason have been unable to bear biological children. So with that, adoption [brings] a lot of different issues for families and we want to have adoption support for families that have adopted. We want to be able to give them the support they need through support groups, education groups, like, for instance, when do you tell your child that they’re adopted? How do you answer all the tough questions?”
With the Adoption Support and Orphan Care Ministry’s focus on families and youth, The Daily Tribune News Publisher Johnette Dawson believes it is important to help “grow” this new offering.
“The Daily Tribune News is all about community and a community should be all about strong families,” Dawson said. “There is a tremendous need in today’s society, not just for infants but for all age youth, to be provided safe, secure homes full of love and guidance. Bartow Family Resources’ newly started Adoption Support and Orphan Care Ministry is one of the few programs available to counsel, support and advise those looking to provide such homes for our youth. As a newspaper and as individuals, we support many local agencies offering a variety of services to our community and this ministry is just one of the wonderful programs Bartow Family Resources offers.
“My love of good Southern gospel music and The Gate Coffee Shop and Cafe’s desire to assist by providing the venue free of charge, seemed a perfect fit for an event to raise donations to help grow this ministry. I have heard all the performers before and each one is a phenomenal talent alone so having all them together during one event will be a major performance for anyone loving good Christian entertainment. It is our hope that in some small way, The Daily Tribune News will be able to give back in areas of need within our community that will help strengthen and improve life for future generations. So, we will proudly be continuing to sponsor many different events each year for local agencies.”
For more information about the benefit singing, call 770-334-8389. More details about Bartow Family Resources, can be obtained by visiting www.bartowfamilies.com.