"Two are better than one. Woe to the one who has no one to pick him up. A chord of three strands is not easily broken."
We were made for friendship, companionship, love, encouragement. We were not made to walk this pathway of life alone. Yet, we are living in an isolationist culture where we try to squeeze love from a machine by seeking friends on the internet--and we do find some sort of companionship there. But God designed us for a friend who can see the tear in our eyes, who can gently hold our hand and pray for us, who can sip a cup of coffee with us face to face as we share our stories.
When I imagined mom conferences, I imagined friendships like the photo above. It is taken just before we celebrated our Mom Heart conference in Dallas last year. Each of these is precious to me. Clay and I have 19 years of memories with such precious ones all over the United States.
This year is our 20 year and final year of the official Mom Heart Conference. We are filling up quickly and almost closed in one of our cities. I hope many of you will consider joining us for a celebration of Home, a meeting of friends and kindred spirits. We welcome you into our midst.
Here are the dates and places:
DENVER, Colorado – January 29-30 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center
IRVINE/OC, California – February 12-13 at the Irvine Marriott
IRVING/DFW, Texas – February 26-27 at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas
Here is the official scoop:
Our first official event for mothers was a WholeHearted Mother Workshop for our small church in Fort Worth, Texas in spring of 1996. We're declaring 2016 the official 20th anniversary of Mom Heart Ministry. (cue: cheers!) But 2016 will also be the official final season of this event. (cue: tears) If you want to help us celebrate 20 wonderful years of this conference, don't wait to register (really, don't wait). We expect more to register for this final year of conferences, but hotel space is limited so sell-outs are possible, especially in CA and TX. Avoid the dreaded WLAS (Wait List Anxiety Syndrome)! Click here to register now.
Some of the dear friends who have helped me reach thousands of women through conferences, books and intensives. Friends who have held my hand through all the years!
And, just a little note from me. Clay and I are so very thankful for all of you who have helped keep this ministry going for so many years through your financial support. If God puts us on your heart at this time to help us expand our reach through new resources, new online outreaches, international trainings, more media messages and intensive trainings for leaders in our home, we would so appreciate your support.
We could never have imagined God would have blessed us so much and taken our messages so far into the world in our generation. It is because of so many wonderful friends who have partnered with us along the way. We could never have fulfilled the goals of this ministry without amazing, wonderful friends like you.
Thanks so much.
God's love and grace to each of you today.
If you are interested in knowing more about our ministry, you can read the letter below.
After 21 Years, Whole Heart Still Has a Story to Tell
Dear Friends and Whole Heart Partners,
The unfolding story of Whole Heart Ministries has been, so far, twenty-one incredible chapters of character development, narrative intrigue, and unexpected plotlines. It’s been a long story, but we’re not ready to write the final chapter. Not yet. Chapter 22, still to be written in 2016, includes a major plot twist that will turn the story in a new direction. And we hope you will continue to be a part of our story.
Here’s the twist: After twenty wonderful years of hotel conference ministries to mothers we’re saying, “The End!” The 2016 conferences will be the final year of the Mom Heart Conference. But note: It won’t be the final year of Sally speaking to moms. Future events will be smaller and more personal, and more will be online, but Sally is not going away. We’re just slowing down now so we can focus on the heart of the Whole Heart story—writing, publishing, personal discipleship, and ministry training.
Since the beginning of the Whole Heart story in 1994, God has allowed us to encourage and equip countless Christian parents through workshops, book catalogs, hotel conferences, print books, ebooks, international ministry, online ministries, training Intensives, ministry to moms, and more. If it all stopped here, we’d be thankful for our story. But we believe there is still more story to be told.The Continuing
Story of Whole Heart
The heart of our ministry has always been simply to help Christian parents—to encourage and equip them to raise children who will serve God “with a whole heart and a willing mind” (1 Chr 28:9). In a time of seismic cultural change, we want to help families find their place in the grand story of God’s faithfulness to His people. If that is your heart, then we hope you will help us help parents.
Parents write us all the time to tell us their stories. It doesn’t matter if they are here in America or in another land with another language, the language of their parent hearts is always the same:
[Your books] totally changed the mother I am and the way we have decided to parent and disciple our son. We are SO thankful to the LORD for your ministry!
~ a mother in California
As the days toil on life frequently becomes rote and lacking in spirit; but reading Heartfelt Discipline I am refreshed and newly motivated to ensure I am in the Lord’s will.
~ a father in Idaho
“I long to be a mother who builds my children up in the Lord. I purchased Ministry and Mission of Motherhood which I am forever re-reading and have lent to many friends.”
~ a mother in Australia
Christian parents are our mission field. We are missionaries to the Christian home. Sally’s books have been translated into numerous foreign languages, and our books and ministry reach families all around the world. Mothers are hungry for biblical perspective from a seasoned Titus 2 older woman. Fathers want sound, biblical insight for building a Christian home and raising godly children. Parents want the life of Christ in their family. This is the story God has entrusted to us to write and to tell.
Turning a New Page to a New Chapter of Whole Heart
Like the Apostle Paul, we too “press on toward the goal” (Phi 3:14) of fulfilling Christ’s call on our lives to strengthen families. We want to invest in ministry choices that will last, and that will enable us to last. We want to do what is strategic, not just what is comfortable. We want to leave a story worth reading. And we want to invite you to join us in writing it. Here’s where our story is headed in 2016:
WHOLE HEART PRESS: We started Whole Heart Ministries with the vision of writing and publishing books to help Christian parents. That “ministry in print” will always be at the core of the Whole Heart mission as we write and publish new books for moms, dads, kids, families, and small groups.
Let’s Write a Story Together Worth Reading!
We are, and always have been, just a small, family-run, nonprofit, Christian, faith ministry. All that means is that we trust God to provide financially as we step out in faith. There are two needs we’re trusting God to provide for right now, and in the months ahead.
Your financial gift at this time would be greatly appreciated to help us move into 2016 financially healthy and amply supplied to write the story that God gives to us. We encourage you to use our online donation page on WholeHeart.org (link below). It is safe and secure, and will give you full control over your giving. You can also send a check to the address below. Financial contributions to Whole Heart Ministries, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, are tax-deductible. Thank you for your partnership! Your gift helps us press on in Christ to keep faith in the family. Grace and peace to you and your family.
Wholehearted blessings in Christ,
Clay and Sally
You may also send a check to: Whole Heart Ministries, PO Box 3445, Monument, CO 80132. Or make a donation by phone at 888-488-4466. Thank you!