I got a good nights sleep last night, felt well, and was looking forward to a typical day at work. I should have known it wasn’t going to happen. Mondays are never typical days at work. I had taken Saturday and Sunday off, leaving the store in the hands of my a-dad. As my regular readers know, he’s not typical. Guess what I found?
Yep, Buster is pretty scary, after getting over the initial horror of the machine itself, I read the label on his belly.
Proceeds from this vending unit benefit SONRISE CHILDREN’S HOME and MEDICINE VALLEY COMMUNITY CHILDREN’S MINITRY. For more information call 660-673-6023
Who are these people?
Sonrise Children’s Home is this outfit…
Mission statement is as follows…
Sonrise Children’s Home is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. We were formed by a group of Christians that saw a need and believed God to use them to meet that need. This non-denominational entity is operated by a Board comprised of Christian men and women who love God and want to please Him.
The number of children in the foster care system is on the rise while homes are limited. Consequently, children are being placed hundreds of miles from their families, making reunification difficult. They are growing up with insecurities as they are relocated to unfamiliar surroundings and often being separated from brothers and sisters during one of the most difficult times in their lives.
The mission of Sonrise Children’s Home is to provide children with a safe, secure, loving environment to grow and develop good moral character, to provide a moral compass through a relationship with God, and to be self disciplined in order to become a productive member of society through a model of Jesus Christ.
We must provide for the physcial need of the child with a safe, secure, and loving home.
We must give the child an opportunity to grow and develop good moral character.
We must provide a place where work ethic and responsibility are learned.
We must be good stewards and provide for God’s hurting children
We must model Jesus Christ and show the hurting children God’s love for them.
Ok, it’s a foster placement facility, that relies way too much on Jesus and discipline for my taste. The thing is, as far as I knew it was shut down. So I did some checking, and it’s reopening..
I was never sure why the place shut down in the first place, but I’m thinking it didn’t do a lot to ” provide children with a safe, secure and loving environment”, being thrown into another foster placement and all.
Oh course they aren’t going to worry about the effects of multiple foster placements when they have the Lord’s work to do. I’m betting they aren’t going to want anybody else to think about it either, especially when they are raising money. Besides, there’s a whole new group of children who need to know Jesus’ discipline, if they like it or not. And, they have a gumball machine. God only makes nightmarish gumball machines available to deserving charities.
I did take a look at their 990 filings, the last of which was in 2007, and can be pretty sure that the reason wasn’t money, as of the last filing available they were still very much in the black. Did they lose their management? Did they have logistical problems? Did they just get tired of it? I don’t know. All I do know is that any children they had in their care at the time were thrown into yet another foster situation. That ain’t good.
And is this Medicine Valley Community Ministry? According to official sources, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, Guidestar, Charity.net, they don’t exist. I’m not sure how they are soliciting donations. I can’t tell that they do anything at all other than raise money. They do seem to be tied up with this bunch though….
Who don’t seem to support anything but their own social gatherings, and a bookstore.
And they seem to be very close with these folks who we all know….
Yep, the Southern Baptist Convention. They seem to think that adoption is a mission….
Seems that they want to create an adoption culture.
I’ve got a gumball machine supporting a children’s home that I’m not even sure is open, or is going to stay open for any amount of time, and a ministry that doesn’t exist, scaring the heck out of children of all ages, with a gumball machine in the front of my store. Oh happy Monday.
I guess I have a phone call to make. Several phone calls.
I’ll keep you posted.
Update: I’ve just found this letter from a local paper dated September 23rd 2008, explaining the reason for the closure. It seems that they closed down after taking in just one child. Considering they have raised tens of thousands of dollars in the last few years, I find this very disturbing. Combine that with the inability to find personnel and I feel that they shouldn’t be fostering children at all. Their priorities seem to be much more about pleasing God than actually ever taking care of children.
In the effort of keeping the surrounding communities informed, we want to update you on the progress and setbacks with the Sonrise Children’s Home. On August 18th we welcomed our first child to the Sonrise Children’s Home. A very monumental day for all that has been involved since the conception. We give God all the praise and glory. It has been wonderful to see this building become the home for a child in need.
To our regret, we received a resignation notice from our house parents with a month’s notice. We are currently searching for new house parents. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances, we will have to close the home until we hire and train new house parents.
Although this has been a disappointing setback to all, we need your prayers and help more than ever. The only way the Children’s Home will be able to protect and nurture the children from the surrounding area is by your support. We will press on with our fall fundraisers and look at new fundraisers to help our income. We are seeking counsel from other children’s homes on how to bet-ter raise funds, organize and operate the home. We understand the challenges ahead, but we serve a great God. We will work hard to do our part so there will be children back in the home soon. The rest we will leave up to our Redeemer and Sustainer, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sonrise Children’s Home