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Children Outreach



"Making a difference-one child at a time!"

" 6 Train [a] a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it"-Proverbs 22:6

"Gated Community"-from Veggie Tales

"I believe the children are the future", this line alone from Whitney Houston says it all when it comes to what is the purpose of sharing the Good News to the next generation.

I (Sal) reflect about my childhood at spontaenous times in life. I'm reminded of certain events when I encounter similar stimulus's (e.g. I was reminded of a neighborhood friend just today-Monday, Sept 27th 2004-when I was working out and a guy that "spotted me"-help lift bench press bar-just look like him) throughout life.

Life is short, so enjoy it as these childhood memories help constantly remind me of this. For more of my childhood stories....

  • Battle Creek Elementary Years Reflection
  • I used to complain that I didn't get this or that because of my selfishness or jealousy. Instead of wishing you could've done this, do something about it by making it happend with a young child nearby. I mentor (get paid too) a child, which I just started this late summer (2004). Three years ago, I started mentoring a teenager, which has been a interesting experience so far.

    Baby in the House!

    It's been a couple months now since my niece was born, so I decided to do a resource list on baby products:


    Diaper Free Baby, using no diapers!
    *saw this on t.v. on Dec. 2005

    Milk Based Formula Powder

  • $24.99 at Drug Store
  • The Opinion Guide, only $23.99
  • Baby Names

  • Baby Names, from (by country, religion, popularity
  • Baby Name Stats
  • Baby Name Hints From Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, Your Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. (

  • " Naming your baby is something that you'll have to live with the rest of your life, and so will the baby. So, keep in mind these hints when picking a name for your new bundle of joy.
    Beware, fetal names stick! Jellybean and Ladybug are cute names, no doubt. Remember what you name your fetus will come out of your mouth postpartum!
    How does the name sound? Does it roll off of your tongue, or get stuck there? Seth Weiss comes out a garbled mess, Adam Weiss flows a bit better.
    Don't choose the name of your least favorite person or a name that brings up bad memories for you. My husband and I both love Rachel, but then we know this woman... Trust me, our future daughter's are better off not being named Rachel. The same applies for the names of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends.
    Initials! Don't make your child the laughing stock of the neighborhood by naming them Christopher David Player (C.D. "

  • Baby Names World
  • Behind the Name
  • CPR on a Baby
    (Mayo Clinic)

    " To perform CPR on a child:
    The procedure for giving CPR to a child age 1 through 8 is essentially the same as that for an adult. The differences are as follows:
    Perform five cycles of compressions and breaths on the child � this should take about two minutes � before calling 911 or the local emergency number, unless someone else can call while you attend to the child. Use only one hand to perform heart compressions. Breathe more gently. Use the same compression/breath rate as is used for adults: 30 compressions followed by two breaths. This is one cycle. Following the two breaths, immediately begin the next cycle of compressions and breaths. Continue until the victim moves or help arrives.

    Good Stories:
    A miracle four years in the making By HELEN ANDERSON (JEMS)

    Bad Stories:
    Common Mistakes in Professional Rescuer CPR Skills
    Correcting Medical Mistakes, from Heimlick Maneuver Institute
    Family of drowned boy sues country club, from topix
    "And when an emergency situation came about, the one in her chair did NOTHING. And the other three came too late, still not knowing what to do. Doing so much as placing a mask on the child, to breath through a hole, and giving infant CPR with two fingers. That proves they had NO idea what to do. And I completely agree that EVERYONE should know CPR, it's such a simple thing and it could've saved the child's life. "
    , Do resuscitation attempts in children who die, cause injury? , from Emergency Medical Journal
    "The findings of this study indicate that resuscitation attempts in children who ultimately die do cause injuries and the number of injuries increases with the duration of the CPR. The majority of these injuries however are of a minor nature and would not by their nature be expected to hamper the resuscitation efforts. Indeed injuries such as bruising or abrasions to the face and chest may be reasonably anticipated by the physical nature of CPR being applied under stressful circumstances.
    The absence of injuries that may have interfered with resuscitation attempts, indicates that instituting basic life support in a child with cardiorespiratory arrest is a safe practice even when the resuscitation provider may be inexperienced or untrained. This study does not provide information as to whether CPR is effective when provided by an inexperienced or untrained person merely that they do not cause serious injury when doing so. "

    Healthwise Handbook
    "WARNING: Improper CPR or CPR performed on a person whose heart is still beating can cause serious injury. Never perform CPR unless:"

    Neutral ??? Stories:
    Stepfather charged in death of 2-year-old in Morris

    Not able to have children?

    I here so many stories of women not being able t have children...

    -Hannah (1 Samuel 1)
    " 1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite [a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none...
    ...19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, [c] saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."

  • Women of the Bible-Hannah


  • A Testimony of a Christian, Christian Internet Forum

  • "My wife and I prayed for a healing in St. Joseph's and St. Anne's, asking God for children. We prayed to have twin sons to start off with and we asked God that my wife would become pregnant within one year's time.
    Nine months later, in June 1962, my wife was pregnant. And in January 1963, we were blessed with twin sons. Our prayers were answered.
    Now you can say that this is a coincidence, but I ask you, what are the odds of having twin boys born, and in having them born within the specified time that you prayed for? Especially after three miscarriages?"

  • Finding comfort in Christ after a Miscarriage , from poetry and praise

  • "The miscarriage itself was awful. It was painful and very traumatic. Without getting into detail, just let me say that it hurt to hear the doctor refer to the baby as a "specimen". To me, I was in the middle of experiencing the death of my child. To the doctor, it was just another day at work, just an other "procedure". I think many of you could relate to these feelings.
    Where does God fit in?
    I was able to make it through because of a loving God, who, being a father himself knew of my pain and understood it more than anyone else ever could. My consolation came through my faith in this loving God. I know that God is not the author of evil, therefore, my miscarriage was not a result of "God being mean to me" or "punishing me". When God created man, when he created the world we live in, he created us perfect, in his image and likeness. Man, in choosing to sin, opened the doors for sin and death to enter the world. (Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned) With it came sickness, disease, and many other things which many times are out of our control. He set certain laws into effect and these laws have taken their course.
    Yes, God is able to heal, he is able to renew, restore, even raise the dead"

    Kids in Church!

    " From their youngest years, draw them out, taking their dreams and visions seriously. As the young child Samuel had to be taught, teach them what you know about hearing the voice of God and being obedient to responding to what they hear. You will be amazed at what God will do through your children. "-Kids in Ministries

    "Children" writings by Catherine Hilton
    "A commentary by Catherine Hilton on children and how they are intuitive, inspiring, and innocent."

    Reccomended Resources



    Law enforcement investigates baby's death
    Morris Sun Tribune Published Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    "Law enforcement is investigating circumstances in the death of a Morris baby. Paul Marcus Cohen, who was born Jan. 6, 2006, died on June 9 at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. An autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiners Office indicated that Cohen had signs of head trauma that were not consistent with a self-inflicted injury, according to Morris Police. No arrests have been made in connection with the investigation, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are involved with Morris Police, said Morris Chief of Police Jim Beauregard. “We’re in the middle of the investigation and we want to cover all bases,” Beauregard said. “We haven’t come to any particular conclusion.” Law enforcement investigators are interviewing people locally and at the hospital, Beauregard said. There is no time frame involved in the probe, he said. “There were injuries to the baby,” Beauregard said. “It’s a serious situation and we want to make sure we do whatever’s possible to reach the correct conclusion.”

    "Deaths of the innocents
    The deaths of two boys in Morris and 10 other children in Minnesota are tragic reminders the state's services can't protect all kids despite their continuing efforts.
    By Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune Last update: January 07, 2007 � 1:13 AM

    MORRIS, MINN. -- Police Chief Jim Beauregard hung up the phone in his office and sat in silence with his investigators for a moment. The body of a little boy, not yet 3 years old, was lying on an autopsy table, and the medical examiner had just called to say the death didn't look like an accident. It was the second time in three months Beauregard had been faced with such a case in this prairie college town in west-central Minnesota. To the chief's knowledge, Morris hadn't seen a murder, child or adult, in a half-century. Now, two children younger than 3 were dead, both from suspected abuse, in families previously unknown to child-protection workers.
    "How did we fail this child?" he found himself asking. "What could I have done differently? What could someone down the block have done differently? Did anybody know?"
    The two victims in Morris were among 12 children believed to have died in 2006 from violence, neglect or other "maltreatment," a review of state death certificates and news accounts shows. The number was consistent with the five-year average in Minnesota, but some cases, including those where social workers tried to protect the children, were especially disturbing to child-protection advocates.
    "It's been a tough year, not so much in numbers maybe as the kinds of deaths that have occurred," said Connie Skillingstad, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. "It seemed as though the cases really hit home."
    There was 10-year-old Jordan Gonsioroski, of Blaine, who authorities say was scalded to death in July under the care of her father and his girlfriend. That came after the girl was removed from her mother's custody. Court documents say that her mother admitted to a history of drug abuse and that there were suspicions the girl had been sexually abused by others.
    Jordan was placed in her father's care, and 13 months after Isanti County determined she no longer needed child-protection services, she was found in her father's Blaine home, her skin blistered.
    There was 4-month old Michael Coleman, of Minneapolis, whose father is accused of suffocating him with a quilt to stop his cries in July. Child-protection workers knew about Michael, too.
    But in Morris, the police and the Stevens County Human Services said they had no clue that Paul Cohen and David Rutherford may have been in peril. They can only figure the two deaths in their small town were a terrible anomaly.
    Paul, a 5-month-old whom neighbors described as a quiet baby with soft, curly hair, suffered traumatic brain injury in June. Authorities say it was at the hands of his father, Jurez L. Slaughter.
    David, a polite 2-year-old who was a fan of Spider-Man and Thomas the Tank Engine, bled to death from a torn liver in September. His stepfather, Juan Carlos Herrera-Serrano, is charged with second-degree murder.
    While each case has its own set of circumstances, most of the children who died in 2006 were age 3 or younger. That's consistent with U.S. Department of Justice studies, which have shown that children are more likely to become homicide victims in their first year of life than at any other time until they reach about age 15.
    When infants are murdered, 61 percent of the time it is at the hands of their mothers or fathers, and 23 percent of the time it is by a male friend, the Bureau of Justice Statistics once reported. In 2006, fathers or other male caregivers were most often accused in the Minnesota deaths.

    Looking for patterns
    When a child dies in Minnesota, the state takes special notice. In addition to local and county investigations and reviews, a state child-mortality review panel looks for patterns among child deaths including those suspected to result from maltreatment, homicide, suicide, accident, SIDS or unexplained circumstances, and in which the social services system has been notified.
    Esther Wattenberg, a review panel member and a faculty member of the school of social work at the University of Minnesota, said she thinks the system has gotten better at identifying children at risk, but it hasn't figured out how to predict when people will snap.

    Part 2...

    "Every time there's a terrible tragedy, we all feel we've failed in some way," Wattenberg said. "We're not sure we know how to create better surveillance on high-risk families. I think we know more about them now than we used to. Whether our prediction capacity has improved is open to question." Not just risk assessment
    In recent years, the state has tried to take a less confrontational approach when social workers investigate certain types of reports of possible abuse or neglect. Traditional investigations are still required for serious cases, such as suspected child endangerment, sexual abuse or shaken babies, state leaders said. But in less urgent cases, a social worker arriving at a family's door may see what kind of help a family needs in addition to assessing the risk to children.
    That help could include getting food stamps, finding stable housing or giving parenting tips about children of various ages. Called Family Assessment Response, the approach became a standard practice in Minnesota in 2004. According to a study published last month, the approach has resulted in families having fewer new child abuse and neglect reports.
    Counties are also conducting public education, using public service announcements to warn against shaking babies and to publicize hot lines for parents or caregivers on the edge.
    But even those efforts do not prevent every death. State officials keep analyzing what has happened in each case to try to prevent it from happening again, leaders said.
    "Unfortunately there are people who do very bad things to children, including killing them," said Erin Sullivan Sutton, who oversees child safety for the state Department of Human Services. "A number of cases will not come to light until a death or serious injury occurs."

    Two little boys
    Stevens County Attorney Charlie Glasrud has photos of Paul Cohen and David Rutherford in his files.
    "Look at him," he said, pulling out a funeral program with Paul's photo. "He's a little kid you didn't meet. He's cute. He never did anything to anybody.
    "This is David," he continued, pulling out an obituary with a photo of the wide-smiling toddler. "You don't just get those guys out of your mind."
    Paul lived with his parents in a modern two-story apartment building on the east side of town, the kind of place where young parents would gather in a grassy yard in which their children could play.
    Paul's father, Jurez Slaughter, would often bring the 5-month-old out during the day while the boy's mother worked, neighbors said.
    "He was a gorgeous little guy," said neighbor Geri Bjornebo.
    Then came June 2. According to a criminal complaint, Slaughter gave police different accounts of what might have happened to the baby, saying at one point that he dropped him.
    Slaughter took him to the emergency room in Morris just after 7 p.m. and said, "My baby is dead," the complaint said. The medical staff revived Paul, however, and he lingered long enough that a group of friends and neighbors came to visit him at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where he had been transferred.
    Authorities charged Slaughter in September with second-degree murder.

    A lot of questions remain
    Some of the neighbors have since moved away, Bjornebo said, and they're all left to wonder about what they didn't see.
    Some neighbors would later tell police that Paul's parents left him and a half-sister "home alone for inappropriate periods of time," but authorities said they received no reports.
    "There were people here that they could have reached out to," said Sherry Cline, Bjornebo's mother, who also lives in the building. Young parents "need to find somebody that can help," she said.
    About three months after Paul died, David Rutherford's stepfather brought David outside and yelled for help. Neighbors called 911.
    The boy had fallen down a flight of stairs, the stepfather, Juan Carlos Herrera-Serrano, would tell police, giving varied details in several accounts. David was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
    His maternal grandmother, Pam Allison, said she saw nothing to concern her when the family lived with her right before they moved to Morris last summer.
    "If I would have seen any signs, I would have questioned it in a heartbeat," she said.
    Little David followed her everywhere, she said, saying please and thank you with his polite little voice. He taught her words in Spanish and helped his mom set and clear the table, she said.
    "He was the world," Allison said. "He taught me how to be a grandma."
    The family had lived in Morris only a few weeks, but neighbors started to bring over food right after the boy died. Some went to his funeral, too.
    "I think it's a matter of showing support for the families," said neighbor Jean Ekern.

    Feeling heartsick and helpless
    The two deaths left the community of Morris looking inward, paying more attention to the people they see around them and hoping it doesn't happen again. Joanie Murphy, director of Stevens County Human Services, said her entire department felt heartsick. She couldn't sleep some nights and felt "helpless."
    Systems can intervene only when trouble is known, officials said.
    The families "were unknown to us," Murphy said. "I don't have a crystal ball."
    Maggie Fletcher, who with Ekern helped organize a pancake breakfast benefit that seven churches put on for David Rutherford's mother, said the community has been soul-searching, asking questions such as "Why didn't we stand up for this child? What did we not see? Is there an ignorance among ourselves?"
    Fletcher and others say residents are more aware now, trying to pay closer attention to the children around them as they go about their busy lives.
    And, she said, they're hoping it's something the community won't soon face again: "There was a sadness in each person's heart."

    Staff Writer Glenn Howatt contributed to this report.
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    Labor Class by Stevens/Traverse Public Health Contact them for exact schedule.
    Director: Betty Windom-Kirsch
    621 Pacific Ave.
    Morris, MN 56267
    (320) 589-7425


  • Pregnancy and Birth, from
  • Stages of Pregnancy, from pregnancy-info
  • -Resource

  • Baby Center, online resource
  • Baby Names
  • -Store

  • Pregnancy Store
  • Adoption

  • Permanent Family, adopt a waiting child-Fergus Falls, MN
  • Child Care

    Do you ever get calls to help babysit? Wouldn't it be nice to have a list?

    Child Care in Morris:

    Country Day Nursery
    2 Columbia Ave
    Morris, MN 56267

    Morris Area Child Care Center
    1001 1/2 Scotts Ave
    Morris, MN 56267

    Foster Care

  • PATH looking for people to give care to children PATH is a foster care licensing agency that serves children in need of treatment, medical, or respite foster care. They also serve families interested in adopting Minnesota's waiting children. Qualified families receive prof training and suport in addition to financial compensation. If you feel your family might be called to this, more information is available at 218-739-3074.

    *this was a forward announcement sent through my local church on Friday, February 13th of 2004


  • Stevens County Early Childhood Initiative
  • -Religious
    What? "Faith Weaver Friends": Kids Get-Together
    Where? Morris Evangelical Free Church
    What? 1 1/2 hour break for parents by dropping their kids (K-6th grade) of for various activities after school
    When? Sept-May (every Wednesdays @3:30p-5p)
    Contact: Youth Pastor: Chris Schaffer


  • Missing Grace, "On the Journey" and it deals with famlies who've lost children due to stillbirth, miscarriage or have dealt with infertility

  • *Heart of the City did a conference regarding this on Friday, March 26th 2004

    Legal Issues


  • MN Center Against Child Abuse and Violence & Abuse
  • MN Department of Human Services-Child Protection


  • American Baby, some resources in raising kids (e.g. adoption tips)
  • Splish Splash Baby, from Netlaughter fwd. from my sis on 2/24/03
  • -Special Occasions

  • Baby Poems
  • Baby Shower Kit
  • Day Spring

  • 4 Free Baby Shower Games
    *referred by my friend (Luvlie "Kristina") on Monday, November 12th 2007
  • Plan the Perfect Baby Shower
  • Walmar Gift Cards Online
  • Gift for Baby, Walmart Online Card

    "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."-Psalm 139:13-"mother's womb"


    Miracle Baby

    " A newborn amazes even her doctors at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Her mother's water broke at 14 weeks, leaving her without the amniotic fluid so crucial to development. Most babies with this cond... more >>
    A newborn amazes even her doctors at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Her mother's water broke at 14 weeks, leaving her without the amniotic fluid so crucial to development. Most babies with this condition don't make it. See this baby's inspirational story of survival. For Crisis Pregnancy assistance nationwide, call (800) 848-5683 or visit: online Abortion Breast Cancer"


  • Not Counting Women and Children: Neglected Stories from the Bible (Paperback) by Megan McKenna (Author) "Before you begin to read the text below, either to yourself or aloud, close your eyes and ask the Spirit to open your ears, your..." (more) (
  • Child Support


  • Promiscuity Part 3: Family Affairs, from Focus on the Family

  • -Resources
  • Child Support Clearing House
  • E-Cards

  • Day Spring
  • Hallmark
  • Things to Say
  • Education


  • Mad Science

  • *referred by Kristina (Bay Area, CA) on Friday, August 17th of 2007


    COMING to Morris!-Sunday, April 15th of 2007

  • David Pendleton

  • , from Bananas Comedy

    Legal Issues

    Childhelp� USA National Child Abuse Hotline
    TDD: 1-800-2-A-CHILD
    *referred by

  • Child Abuse and Neglect, from
  • Prevent Child Abuse
  • Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, publications
  • Online Games

  • Fun Brain
  • Fun School
  • Games Funschool
  • Online Arcade Games
  • Play Kids Games
  • Magazines

  • Highlights, an educational fun magazine for kids

  • *My parents suscribed this to me growing-up! Movies

  • Mary Poppins, from Disney

  • (Original 1964) Mary Poppins Theatrical Trailer

    *can be used for Sunday school

  • E-Bible Teacher, children songs
  • E-John 3:16, cedarmont children cds
  •, lyrics to children songs for church
  • Little Lamb Ministry, sunday school songs
  • " "If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and if you worship him, 14 then he will send the rains in their proper seasons so you can harvest crops of grain, grapes for wine, and olives for oil. 15 He will give you lush pastureland for your cattle to graze in, and you yourselves will have plenty to eat. 16 "But do not let your heart turn away from the Lord to worship other gods. 17 If you do, the Lord's anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and your harvests will fail. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is now giving you. 18 So commit yourselves completely to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.-Deuteronomy 11

    Sunday School
    Noah Cartoon

    *decided to find these links below this evening (Saturday, July 28th of 2007) in preparation for a "last minute" activity for tomorrow when I do Children's Church (Sunday School lesson) at my local church


  • Children Sunday School Games, from kids sunday school
  • -Miscellaneous

  • Bible Activities
  • Christian Crafters
  • Television

    -Regualar T.V.

  • Sesame Street

  • -Music Videos
    "C is for Cookie"-Cookie Monster

    *introduced by a couple friends of mine during their campus radio show during 2007 Homecoming at UMM

    -Cable Shows

  • Disney Channel

  • Lizzy McGuire
  • Nickelodeon
  • Toys


  • Baby Products Recalls
  • Mattel-Voluntary Safety Recall Facts

  • *recent (9/07) lead paint found in toys made in China
  • Holiday Toy Recall Checklist CPSC Makes List & Says Check It Twice for Recalled Toys & Kids Products, from
  • Video

    Psalm 23 as only a child can tell it...this adorable video illustration is a must see.

  • Veggie Tales, Big Idea (christian based cartoon)

  • Related Sites:
    -Music Videos
  • Belly Button Song

  • "Cheeseburger" (classic song from Veggie Tales)

  • Chinese Menu
  • Dance of the Cucumber
  • Gated Community
  • Endangered love, from

  • I love My Lips

  • "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"

  • Pizza Angel
  • Water Buffalo
  • Yodeling veterinarian of the alps


  • JMG Studio

  • "JMG Studios is John-Marc Grobs vision come to life, born out of a sincere desire to combat the often hidden and sometimes blatant family UN-friendly agendas of other kid-targeted companies. Dedicated to producing projects and merchandise that reflect decent family values and Christian principles, JMG Studios offers an alternative.
    Formed 12 years ago, JMG Studios has established a reputation as a reliable supplier of childrens properties and..."

    *met at

    101 Ways Youth Can Change the World
    "We scoured the Internet looking for what youth are doing to make a difference in their communities and around the world. This Ebook offers some of those ideas. It's our hope youth will look through this book and choose and/or adapt one or more of these ideas to take on in their own community. Or, if nothing in this book interests them, we hope it will at least get their "creative juices flowing" and they'll come up with their own project. Youth are powerful. They can (and are) making a difference in their communities and our world. We believe in them!
    *With God's help!

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