Thank you for your message of praise for our Fort Collins project.  I’ll share it with Carol Weale.  I wish our Fort Collins project could have been a larger undertaking, but we have high hopes that we can expand it over the next few years.  The teacher got permission for me to use the pictures in any way I wanted, so you are free to use them in any way you want.  Your getting to spread the information to the Oregon Child Care providers certainly should be helpful — child care places are wonderful places to start molding children’s behavior and attitudes!  Glad my report could be part of the information you handed out.

Our American Baptist Women’s Ministries state conference went well this weekend, and was climaxed (due to Carol’s diligent and dedicated efforts) with a beautiful and meaningful dedication during the Sunday worship service of that church’s support and use of Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project and of spreading its purpose.  They had the big H&W banner brought forward, and the congregation repeated the pledge.  The pastor gave a wonderful talk about the need for and value of H&W. Carol and I were thrilled, to say the least.  Her workshop turned out fine and created some more interest from a variety of persons — school/public librarian, persons who work with children of color, grandparents who want to help their family members re parenting, teachers.  She had one of our women who is a psychotherapist give some interesting studies and information regarding parenting, abuse, new ideas, etc.  I gave some “practical ways to get started in your community.”  Our conference theme “Breaking the Chains of Human Slavery in Today’s World,” dealing especially with the trafficking/prostitution issue, lent itself to discussions of preventative measures regarding abuse and violence.  So, all-in-all, it was a very thought-provoking and worthwhile conference.  We wished you could have been with us!
Carol shared with me one of H&W bags from you.  I really appreciate it, and I assure you it will be well-used and will start conversations that promote the project!  Thank you.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing your newly-designed website when it’s up and running.
Most sincerely,
Betty Moseley