By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Dove award-winning singer-songwriter Mark Shultz will highlight New Beginnings International Children’s and Family Services 10th Annual Celebration of Adoption Oct. 25.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. Tickets are $40 per individual or $70 per couple and may be purchased at www.NewBeginningsAdoptions.org or by phoning (662) 842-6752, ext. 113.
The event has grown each year since 2003, and this year’s will feature a silent auction and a performance by Shultz, one of contemporary Christian music’s most celebrated artists. His songs “Letters from War, “Walking Her Home,” and “He’s My Son,” broke into mainstream contemporary radio after topping the Christian music charts.
The event works to highlight the advantages of adoption and raise awareness about the agency.
Jonathan Soden, development director for New Beginnings, said pregnancy can be frightening to birth mothers, many of whom find they have nowhere to go and worry about raising a child on their own. Many become so scared that they overlook the option of adoption.
Soden said a single parent may struggle to make ends meet and the child may not receive the attention and nurturing it needs to develop fully. New Beginnings works to provide a birth mother with support and hope of a prosperous life for both her and the child, saving them from a potential cycle of poverty.
“People say ‘she gave up her baby,’ and that’s negative,” said Soden, “But really, it can be the most unselfish thing in the world.”
New Beginnings provides comprehensive services, including domestic and international adoptions as well as free maternity care services for birth mothers. It is the only Hague-accredited agency in the state, and functions solely on donations, receiving no government assistance.