We are sad that we had to cancel the 2020 REST Retreat, but as much as we desire to spend time together worshiping and encouraging one another, we needed to prioritize everyone’s health and well-being first, in addition to complying with safety mandates.
Since we could not meet in person, we provided FREE goodie bags to adoptive and foster moms! We’re so glad several moms took advantage of the “drive-thru-retreat-in-a-bag” on September 26th. The goodie bags were filled with a lot of great items, many of which were donated from very generous individuals. Here are a few pics…
We have already secured September 24-25, 2021 for next year’s retreat, and, Lord willing, we will see you then.
We pray you and your families stay well, and we hope you’ll find your REST in the Lord!
Dr. Jennifer Chambers, Keynote Speaker, 2021 REST Retreat
REST. Parenting isn’t usually associated with the word REST. In parenting kids from hard places, we are often co-parenting with all of our FEARS. Fear that our child will never heal, fear of what others think of our child’s behavior and fear that our parenting mistakes will cause our children’s demise. These fears leave us feeling so vulnerable. What does it practically look like to have God as our refuge, our fortress, to actually trust Him (Ps 91:1) with all of this vulnerability? Let’s explore this together at this year’s REST Retreat with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Chambers.
Jennifer Chambers is a Board Certified general pediatrician with a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Furman University and her M.D. and Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. She received her post-graduate training in pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also completed a fellowship in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Besides her clinical and teaching roles at UAB, she is also the founder of the UAB International Adoption Clinic. Dr. Chambers has had many years of experience evaluating and treating internationally adopted children. In addition, she has done many mission trips overseas to developing countries. She and her husband have adopted three girls from China, which gives Dr. Chambers the unique perspective of both the personal and professional perspectives of international adoption and what it means to families and to children.
Dr. Chambers and her husband planted Christ Community Church in Helena, Alabama 10 years ago where her husband still pastors the church. Christ Community is heavily involved in adoption and foster care.