Tuesday, May 14, 2019

One Step Closer to Welcoming a Child


I had my last home study and have been recommended for approval to be a certified foster parent! The home study paper work has to be completed and then submitted to the Department of Children's Services in the next week.  After DCS received the home study, it will be about 10 business days until it is official and I am open for my first placement. Within the next month or so I will be receiving my first placement of 1-2 children, age(s) 6-12.

I am becoming more excited and equally nervous about this new journey. Many of you have already given gifts and encouragement so generously to help me get the foster room ready. My niece and nephew are excited every day they get to come to my house, to see what has come in the mail from my foster care wish list.

 
If you missed my last blog here are some highlights:
Not having children of my own I am going to need a great deal to prepare for these children/child. Many of you have said to let you know how you could support me in this, so I thought I would let you know what the needs are.

There is no pressure at all to be a part of this. I just wanted to invite you to come alongside me in pouring into foster kids in Knoxville if you would like to.

Here’s how you can be a part of this:

  • Most importantly I need PRAYER SUPPORT.
  • I have set up an Amazon Wish List with things I will be needing/wanting for the kiddos coming in.
  • If you already have any of these items at home, in good condition, and would like to share them, I would love that too!

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement through this next season for me! 
PS If you have questions you can email me at sheameliene@yahoo.com.  
Please let me know if you need my address. 



Saturday, May 4, 2019

An Invitation!





I have some exciting news! I have completed my 8-week foster care training classes and am in the process of finishing my home studies to become a certified foster parent. Within the next month or so I will be receiving my first placement of 1-2 children, age(s) 6-12. 




I am super excited to welcome children into my home that need a loving, nurturing environment while their parents do what they need to in order to be reunited with their kiddos. I know this will not be easy, but I am 100% sure this is what God has next for me. 
 


Not having children of my own I am going to need a great deal to prepare for these children/child. Many of you have said to let you know how you could support me in this, so I thought I would let you know what the needs are.



There is no pressure at all to be a part of this. I just wanted to invite you to come alongside me in pouring into foster kids in Knoxville if you would like to.


Here’s how you can be a part of this:

·      Most importantly I need PRAYER SUPPORT.

·      I have set up an Amazon Wish List with things I will be needing/wanting for the kiddos coming in.

·      If you already have any of these items at home, in good condition, and would like to share them, I would love that too!



Thanks so much for your support and encouragement through this next season for me! 

PS If you have questions you can email me at sheameliene@yahoo.com.  
Please let me know if you need my address. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Intermissionary Retreat-Thank You

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I wanted to say thank you to all of you who are partnering with me to go to my Intermissionary Retreat tomorrow. God has provided above and beyond what I needed for my flight and my retreat. Thanks to each of you who gave so generously. 

I will be flying out first thing in the morning. 

Please pray for:

-Great time to process what I have experienced and learning what it looks like to integrate that here
-Direction for the next season
-Connection with a community I can continue to walk out this re-entry process with

Thanks again so much for your generosity and prayer! 

Love,
Shea

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Intermissionary Retreat-A Request


I want to start this blog by once again thanking each of you who supported me during my 4 years of serving with Mercy Ships in Africa. I can't believe I have been stateside now for 8 months. It seems like yesterday I left the ship to return to Texas. The transition back to American life has been amazing, hard, wonderful, trying, lonely and full of new opportunities for growth.

As you may remember Mercy Ships sent me to a debrief one month after I returned from Africa with Barnubs Zentrum. I did not realize before I went that after one month off the mission field I was not even close to ready to process everything I had seen and experienced. God still used that time for other things but now I am am ready to connect with other missionaries and learn how to use what I experienced and learned in Africa to furthering God's kingdom right where I am. 

                           

Girl Catch Fire Retreats September 16-23 offers me the opportunity to do just that. 
Intermissionary Colorado is a debriefing and reentry retreat for global workers returning to their passport nations, or taking a break from global service.  

At Intermissionary, the goal is threefold: 
-renew your connection to God
-calm your mind and rest your spirit 
-create a plan for the next phase of your life.

Reentry has been difficult and I believe God wants to use this retreat to speak to me as well as bring direction on what the way forward looks like. Although I am working full time, after selling everything to move to Africa it has taken time and money to set up a home again.

Would you consider partnering with me to go to this retreat? 

1. Pray for God's direction and provision
2. Give towards my flight from Knoxville to Denver (approx $350)
3. Give towards my retreat fee ($900 covering food, lodging and training materials) 

To give to the retreat fee:

Visit: http://girlcatchfire.com/sponsor-a-missionary/ 
All donations coming in now are going to me with the retreat being 2 weeks away. There is no need to designate who it is for. 

To help with my flight:

My PayPal email is sheameliene@yahoo.com 
https://www.paypal.com

Cash or check can be sent to
Shea Payne
2030 Willow Loop Way Apt 203
Knoxville, TN 37922 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Thanks again for supporting me so faithfully! 

Shea