Thursday, January 29, 2015

Safe Families Volunteer Training Day

Safe Families for Children and Willow Creek Community Church Present:
The Greater Chicago Volunteer Training Day
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Prospective Safe Families, you're invited to a live, accelerated Comprehensive Training Session. 

Offered as an alternative to online training, this event is designed to equip you to welcome a child into your home (Host Family) or support a host or placing parent (Family Friend) and move you through the training process efficiently. The live Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Family Volunteer—all in one place. 
  • Start or submit your application
  • Get fingerprints taken for the background check
  • Complete your training hours
  • Meet like-minded families who will support you

The training will be in two parts.  The first two hours will be for all volunteers.  The second two hours will be for Host Families.  So, anyone interested in being a Family Friend only needs to stay for the first two hours.  Host Families need to stay for the whole training.

Doors open at 8:30 AM for those who need to start an application, schedule a home study, start a background check, or ask one-on-one questions.  The training session begins at 9:00 AM sharp.  The training will be held in Room B207.  Please enter in the entrance for The Chapel.  

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be a variety of special giveaways throughout the training session you won't want to miss!

Free Parking is available.  

Reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you on March 14th to equip and encourage you in your journey.

If you have further questions please contact Sarah Mohr, 773-653-2222, or

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What Made Roman Smile Again

This past Christmas season was extra special for a young man in Ukraine. A 19-year-old young man named Roman.Unfortunately, at a very young age, Roman lost both of his parents. He was sent to an orphanage and later met local Christians who minister to children and young adults within the orphanage walls and after they age out. 
Roman is a very curious kid by nature. He has asked many questions about life, about people, and about God. Another characteristic about Roman anyone would quickly notice is that he would rarely smile, displaying a tight-lipped frown on a somewhat gloomy face. Knowing the hardships of life he had faced, it didn't come as too much of a surprise.
This past September, as he entered a tech school to become a builder, he was invited to attend a Bible Study at a Lifesong Transition Home. He gladly accepted and started to attend. Although, he wasn't quite as quick to accept the invitations that were offered to attend church.The Lifesong staff started to pray for his repentance, as they sensed he was seeking the Lord.
As the staff continued to get to know Roman better, they discovered that his lack of smile had a reason behind it. Roman didn't have any front teeth! Our staff connected him to a charitable dentist who helped Roman at a minimal charge to bring his smile back. And guess what? Roman decided it was time to start smiling again. Shortly after, right around Christmas, he began to walk in fellowship with God, believing in Jesus as his Savior! And now, as you can see in the picture above, he hasn't stopped smiling!
Thanks be to God for drawing this young man to Himself! Please pray for Roman as he starts his walk with Christ, that He would be filled with the Spirit and walk in His Truth!

Learn more about the lives changing in Ukraine at

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"The Drop Box" Film

The  Drop Box

There are more than 150 million orphans worldwide. THE DROP BOX is the real-life account of one small group of Christ-followers, in one corner of the world, who have sacrificed everything in order to care for the orphans in their midst. This feature-length documentary from Pine Creek Entertainment and Arbella Studios, in association with Focus on the Family and Kindred Image, tells the story of South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community's most vulnerable children.

 In Theaters March 3, 4 and 5, 2015

 Order tickets HERE

THE DROP  BOX is a remarkable film. … The story of Pastor Lee and his love for  'discarded' children—especially children with  disabilities—displays the power and influence of true Christian  character. I highly recommend this wonderful movie!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Adoptive Families Celebration Mass

Save the Date!!

February 8, 2015
Location: Old St. Patrick’s Church
700 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL

Time: 5:00pm Mass


All families are joyfully invited to join us for a
“Celebration of Adoption” Mass & casual
family get together in Church Hall following mass.
(Pizza & Refreshments will be served!!)

For additional information, please contact Joni or Bob Acamovic,
708/387-1614 or