"Understanding our DNA through the Gospel" presented by Harold and Wendi Park. How does the Gospel affect your DNA? Discover what our understanding of family heritage says about the way we engage with others. The presenters shared their unexpected spiritual journey of understanding their Mennonite-Korean heritage & how the Gospel changed their vision of family. This workshop discussed the theology of family & explored how it practically impacts the way we parent, pastor & prioritize children in our church communities. Attendees learned about the current child welfare crisis, globally & locally, and discussed what the Gospel has to say about adoption, foster care & family restoration. Knowing your roots will inform your action - perhaps in unexpected ways. To view the workshop, click the video below.
Harold and Wendi are co-founders of Forever Families of Canada, a new charitable networking ministry based in Winnipeg that connects, equips and mobilizes Canadian churches in caring for vulnerable children and their families. They never imagined being so passionate about foster care, family restoration and adoption until they heard the Gospel preached in Korea and both were awoken to the same dream that night, leading them to quit their jobs to follow what God was calling them to. Harold serves as Director of Family Care, currently completing his doctoral degree in Marriage & Family Therapy through Denver Seminary with a specialization in resiliency of Christian adoptive parents. Wendi serves as Executive Director, spending the majority of her time connecting and equipping churches across Canada, building bridges with government and social services, and discovering innovative ways to mobilize churches to respond to child-welfare needs. Harold and Wendi are currently parenting three children who consider themselves partners in the ministry, and frequently have others who call their place home for a season. Their common interests include schmontfatt and veranika, sushi, and African children's music.