Adoption is on the minds of church staff and members at Middle Valley Baptist Church.
"Adoption is part of the heart of the church and we want to share it with the community," said the church's Parents Day Out director Candice Sneed. "Several of the families in the church have adopted children."
To encourage community members to join in the mission, the church will host an Adoption Awareness Sunday Oct. 30. The event begins with a 9 a.m. Bethany Christian Services adoption workshop followed by a 10:15 a.m. speech from Ted Kluck, author of "Hello, I Love You: an Adoptive Father's Journey."
Adoption is a way of life for the church staff of Middle Valley Baptist Church. Candice Sneed and her husband, church worship director David Sneed, adopted a son, Micah, 3, from India. Church associate pastor Mickey Rector and his wife adopted a daughter from China. Church youth pastor Zach Wyatt and his wife adopted a son locally.
"We adopted Micah two and a half years ago," said Candice Sneed. "Within two weeks he picked up on what we were saying in English. The adoption journey has been amazing and changed us and our family for the better and made our faith grow stronger."
"We are excited to hear Mr. Kluck speak about his adoption experience," said Candice Sneed, who has three biological children with her husband: Hallie, 12, Emma, 10, and Nathan, 7. "Adoption involves paperwork and time to wait, but the reward at the end is worth all of it."
The Sneed family created a storybook about Micah's journey from being born in India to moving to the United States, so he can remember.
She said Kluck will speak about adoption from the father's point of view.
"Adoption teaches you patience," said Sneed. "It's life-changing for the child and for you."