Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Short family, for hosting our 
Fellowship 686
Join us for sweet treats 
and a 
Hot Cocoa Bar.
Open House 
Saturday, DECEMBER 7
We will also be highlighting cuisine for you to Sample from the countries of three non profits we work with.
We look forward to sharing them with you this Christmas season!
Please RSVP by DEC 1

Contact: April 615.887.4610 or
When you RSVP please tell us the number of adults and children attending

** Families will also have the opportunity while at the party to fill a Blessing Bag for children in Ethiopia. (participation is
optional) This project is part of Ordinary Heros Blessing bag project and something our family hosts in our home all through
out the year. 

PLEASE email April and she will provide their address and directions. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 
It's been a long time since we've been all together. 
Let's celebrate the season BLESSING others and exalting our LORD together  !! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

147 Million Orphans FORMULA and DIAPER Drive!

 has a team next month headed to  Masindi, Uganda.  
They will be working with the children at Family Spirit Children's Home, an orphanage and school, ranging from age 5 to 15.   
They will be loving them, playing (VBS with crafts, reading Bible stories and singing) with them and building relationships!  
They will also have the privilege to finish the girls dormitory, showers and restrooms, by replacing mattresses and providing new sheets, so everyone will have REAL beds!  This team will also seve at Sangaalo, a baby’s home in Jinja for the last half of their trip.  
Both of these orphanages have specific needs that we are requesting help in providing.  We need 100 sheet sets for Masindi and formula and cloth diapers for Jinja.  
Would you help us meet these needs?  
You can mail or drop off your donations to 315 Wilson Pike, Brentwood TN 37027.  Online donations are also great!  
Just go to and click FOUNDATION. 
 Please put UGANDA in the comments line of your donation.  
Thank you for partnering with us!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Wonderful Mission Opportunity for KIDS!

Hello, My name is April Short, My family and I live in the Franklin area and wanted to let you know about a summer project that is happening at our Home.

We enjoy outreach projects. Our favorite type of outreach project is helping orphans around the world.  With our youngest  adopted from Ethiopia we have  partnered with Ordinary Hero a local non-profit.

Ordinary Hero  sends several teams to Ethiopia every Summer. While there, the teams hand-out Blessing Bags to the children.

Our family  is hosting a Blessing Bags party . Our prayer is to fill as many blessing bags as we can. So that the 5 mission trip teams have Blessing Bags to hand-out to the Children in Ethiopia this summer.

In order to make that happen,we are in need of a few items to fill the blessing bags.
Pants and shirts in all sizes (can be gently used), New socks,new underwear (all sizes)
small toys ( small car,ball,doll) and toothbrushes.

Families will be gathering to stuff these bags on May 31st, June 6th and July 9th at our home in the mid afternoon.   If your family is able to donate items toward this project or if you would like to come and help fill the Blessing bags.  Please email me

Our family thanks you for helping bless these kids and Ordinary Hero.

April Short

My Mission: To home educate my sons in a way that will encourage and guide them as they discover the path God has planned for them and to serve others (in my community and orphans) as God gives me opportunity to be His hands and feet.


Friday, March 29, 2013


Don't miss these upcoming events in Nashville! 

Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit
In Nashville at Brentwood Baptist Church
Be sure to sign up for the Multi Racial Family Breakout Session
 @ 11:00 on Thursday, May 2

to hear real testimonies of the victories and challenges of multi racial adoption from some of our very own Fellowship 686   

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Post Adoption Support Group

Post Adoption Educational Support Groups

·         Is your family needing some extra support for your adopted child?
·         Are you wanting to learn more about parenting your adopted child?
·         Would you like to establish more relationships with other adoptive families?

Then the Post Adoption Educational Support Groups are for your family!

AWAA-TN is now offering 2 Post Adoption Educational Support Groups in the Middle Tennessee area!  We will be using TCU Institute of Child Development Healing Families Series, a DVD series created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. 

No Childcare is provided for either group

Brentwood/Franklin Group
Location:  New Song Christian Fellowship, 316 South Gate Court, Brentwood, TN 37027
Dates of Group:  January 22, 2013; February 26, 2013; March 26, 2013; April 30, 2013; May 28, 2013; and June 25, 2013
Time:  6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost:  $10 per individual, payment due at the meeting.  If pay in full at first meeting will only be $50 for all 6 sessions

Eastern Middle TN Group
Location:  LifePoint Church, 506 Legacy Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167
Dates of Group:  January 31, 2013; February 28, 2013; March 28, 2013; April 25, 2013; May 30, 2013; and June 27, 2013
Time:  6:00-8:00pm
Cost:  $10 per individual, payment due at the meeting.  If pay in full at first meeting will only be $50 for all 6 sessions

Availability of the groups are limited.  So please reserve your place by emailing me at .

Monday, November 26, 2012

Come one, come all--- 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Liberty Hall @ The Factory,  230 Franklin Rd. Franklin, TN 37064
6:30 pm ~ Jingle Mingle with dessert and coffee
7:00 pm ~ Christmas Concert with Bryan White & Friends and The Adoptee Children's Choir

Join us for a magical evening of inspiration and Christmas music featuring Grammy award winning, country music artist, Bryan Whitealong with Hope Darst, Joshua Jamison, Peter Penrose, Mackey Roberts, and Ileia Sharae. This amazing talent will remind us of the reason for the season and bless us with an inspiring night of music we won't forget! 

We are super excited to be featuring our Adoptee Children's Choir, ages 3-15! We want to show off the miracle of adoption! If your adopted child and/or their siblings would like to sing in our children's choir at this event, please email Melissa at info@ordinaryhero.orgThe children's choir will sing 2 or 3 songs and will include one rehearsal with our choir director before the event. If your child is interested in a solo, please let us know that as well. Please let us know shirt sizes of your children wanting to participate in the children’s choir and also tell us which of your children is adopted. We have special shirts for ALL of the children singing in the children’s choir, both adopted and siblings.

This is a FREE event. Dessert and coffee beverages will be served. Ordinary Hero merchandise will be available for sale at a discount.

 If you would like to bless a child in need during the Christmas season, please bring any new, child's coat, size 4-16, to this event. We are collecting children's coats on behalf of the Youth Life Learning Center and Nashville Rescue Mission to be given to children in need this winter season in  the Nashville area.