On Friday night, Liz and I went to a banquet for Bethany Christian services. We had heard of Bethany before, but we didn't know much about it. We were really encouraged by our time there and learned a lot about their various ministries–adoption, foster care, safe families, counseling, etc.
Scott and Shannon Patterson invited us as their guests, and we had a great time with them and the Slieffs. The banquet was part of an effort to raise $85,000 to meet their 2012 budget–particularly the funding of their safe families initiative, which is a really cool ministry. The banquet raised $50,000; if you have a heart for helping needy children and would like to contribute to Bethany Christian Services, you can do so here.