Pat Conlin works on crafts with children at The Dreamer Center
Pat Conlin, of Williston, ND, recently opened her home to family and friends with a purpose. Her mission: raise money for The GOD'S CHILD Project.
Conlin, who spent time in Guatemala with The GOD'S CHILD Project this spring, shared a touching story of her time there. Listening to her story, it is clear the children of Guatemala have found a very special place in her heart. "They have so little, yet they are so thankful," she told her visitors.
Emanuel's mother was 15 and pregnant. She’d been dating a 35-year-old man but was too scared to tell her mother, who didn’t know she was about to be a grandmother until the labor pains began. Emanuel was coming—four months premature.
The young girl had no idea how to care for her pregnant body and Emanuel was a tiny, unhealthy baby. He was placed in an incubator for three weeks at the local hospital. Something went wrong during this time, however, and when Emanuel came out, he was blind.
The GOD'S CHILD Project will host The Dream Maker luncheon on Monday, November 8 at noon at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, ND. The luncheon will feature a special welcome by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven as well as special guest speaker Monica Hannan.
Hannan is the author of The Dream Maker, her internationally selling biography of GOD'S CHILD Project founder Patrick Atkinson. The GOD'S CHILD Project staff will present highlights and updates from 2010. All proceeds will benefit the impoverished children and families served by The GOD'S CHILD Project in Guatemala, Africa, El Salvador, India, and the United States. Tickets are $20 each. Event sponsors are still needed. Call 701-255-7956.
Expectant mothers field clinic: A healthy start at life
Expecting and recent mothers of The GOD'S CHILD Project in Guatemala had a special visit October 19. A group of 19 students, faculty members, and medical professionals led a field clinic in the Atkinson Family Clinic at the Dreamer Center. The group, from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., shared a passion for working with women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal. Specifically, the group focuses on women in developing countries, where access to good medical attention is difficult, costly, or non-existent.