Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Remembering 2013

We continually recall before God our Father the things you have done because of your faith and the work you have done because of your love. And we thank him that you continue to be strong because of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Thessalonians 1:3, NCV ~

What a year for Snappin' Ministries!   God was on the move in so many ways this year on behalf of parents raising children with special needs.  His infinite love has been expressed through so many people, with a wide variety of talents. Incredibly, hundreds of parents have ministered to other parents through the conduit of Snappin' Ministries.  To bring you encouragement and motivation for the New Year, we thought we would recap 2013 for you.

This Year's TOP Blog Posts

6.  Does a Baby With Brain Damage Have Value?
     by Barb Dittrich, November 29, 2013

5.  For The Dad Who Takes No Delight In Father’s Day
     by John P. Knight, June 14, 2013

4.  Am I Doing Enough For My Child?
     by Barb Dittrich, September 6, 2013

3.  A Christmas Letter to Mom
     by Jeff Davidson, December 9, 2013

2.  Offering My Cheap Imitations
     by Barb Dittrich, April 15, 2013

1.  U ASKED 4 IT: 5 Ways to Love the "Unlovable"
     by Barb Dittrich, July 26, 2013

This blog has become more dynamic since our new group of bloggers came on board with a regular rotation on November 1, 2013.  These wonderful writers capture the full age-range and continuum of parenting a child with physical challenges, rare disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or mental health difficulties.  Step-parenting and living as an adult with a disability are also some unique perspectives that are covered.


Annual Impact

January 19, 2013 – Family Bowling Party held at AMC Lanes in Waukesha, WI.  Attendance increased by 21% with 58 people enjoying food, fun and door prizes.
February 15, 2013 – New volunteers joyfully joined us for our Valentine’s Respite Date Night held at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Delafield, WI.  We entertained 19 children, so that 9 couples could enjoy a sweet evening out.
February 27, 2013 – World Rare Disease Day was observed by our participants, many sharing photos and stories of their children’s rare diagnoses via our Facebook page.  The mutual support was heartwarming.
March 19, 2013 – SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES was declared the 1st runner up in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards for Favorite Regional Special Needs Resource.  We were in the running against some other remarkable organizations, so this was a great privilege.
April 19-20, 2013 – It was our great privilege to present a workshop on best practices in parent-to-parent mentoring at one of the nation’s largest disability ministry conferences, the McLean Bible Church Accessibility Summit in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.  We had a wonderful opportunity to chat with many parents and colleagues at our booth at the 2 day summit.
April 28, 2013 – Approximately 60 people soared to new heights with us at The Gift of Wings on Milwaukee’s Lakefront.  Families enjoyed lunch, personal kite making, a trick kite demonstration, and a guest presentation from Shepherd’s College on their post-secondary school programming.
May, 2013 – We had the honor of rolling out the SNAPPIN’ App for both Apple and Android devices, so that parents can access comfort, prayers and help from anywhere they find themselves.
May 17, 2013 – Our respite program was launched with a spring rebranding as “Recess:  A break from your regularly scheduled life”.  Volunteers served 20 children while their parents enjoyed one last break before school adjourned for the summer.
May 19, 2013 – Through the generosity of one of our benefactors, an intimate, relaxing day was provided to 8 mothers at our Mother’s Day Mini-Getaway.  Massages, lovely food, art projects, and a boat cruise all offered a welcome break for these women.
July 21, 2013 – Country Springs Water Park provided an outstanding picnic lunch and unique entertainment to 50 of our participants for our annual Family Picnic.  Most of these families would never otherwise be able to afford an afternoon at this venue, so it was a remarkable, refreshing treat for all.
August 12-16, 2013 – Once again we collaborated with Mission Bells Ministries on their Christian Disciple Farm special needs day camp.  This year Autism Solution Pieces of Racine joined us in leading the 30 women participating in the Moms Group.
August 13, 2013 – It was our great privilege to be a Silver Sponsor of the Oconomowoc KidsFest this year.  We quickly found ourselves wiped clean of the 300 sensory hand-outs we arrived at the event with.  Kids and their parents loved the activities we were able to offer.
August 15, 2013 – Ocomicon brought thousands of comic book fans to the downtown of Oconomowoc, and SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES was there to greet them.  As children enjoyed the bouncy house we provided, volunteers took the opportunity to share our mission with the community.
August 23, 2013 – End of Summer “Recess” brought additional new volunteers to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Delafield, WI, as our team entertained 10 children whose parents received a much-needed break.
September 28, 2013 – “All-In” volunteers from Crosspoint Community Church assemble 60 gift baskets for mother and fathers in need of encouragement and support.
November 9, 2013 – 1st Annual Christmas Mini-Mall to benefit SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES offered home-based businesses and crafters opportunities to sell their wares, while also earning charitable funds and building awareness of our organization.
November 22, 2013 – Holiday Drop & Shop “Recess” provides parents an opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping while our volunteers watch the kids and teach them about the birth of Jesus.
December 4, 2013 — Snappin’ was announced as 1 of 16 charities in Wisconsin to earn Great Non-Profits’ 2013 Top-Rated Awards.  This accomplishment was achieved through the positive reviews of volunteers, donors and participants in our programs. 

Aside from these specific events, this year our organization provided $1,155 in gift cards, 66 gift baskets, $450 in direct aid as well as the daily devotional blog posts, information distributed through Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook all for thousands parents nationwide connected to SNAPPIN' living with the challenge of raising a child with special needs.


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PRAY:  Jehovah Jireh, THANK YOU for showing Your love to parents raising children with special needs through the work of Snappin' Ministries in 2013.  We parents can't take care of these precious children apart from Your help.  Guide us, strengthen us, and encourage us as we venture into 2014.

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