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family challenges & support

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
— 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

We all face unique challenges in parenting—  sometimes for a season and sometimes for longer.

We want to help connect you with others in our community who can support you as you navigate the unique circumstances you’re in. We’ve listed names and contact info below for people in our community who are equipped and ready to answer your questions, connect you with resources, and pray alongside you. Please reach out! We’d love to support you. 

For any other questions, or for any specific needs not covered here, please reach out to Kathy White (kathyw@thirdrva.org).

  • Autism. No matter where your child is on the spectrum, an autism diagnosis brings many questions and concerns.  Brook Trible would be happy to talk and pray with you: bwtrible@gmail.com.

  • Mosaic Ministry: Physical & Mental disability. Margarete & Kevin Jeffer have walked along the cerebral palsy road with their son Nick.  They have also been the leaders for Mosaic ministry at Third, and have connections with those who can help with IEPs, Down Syndrome and other disabilities. For prayer and support, contact Margarete and Kevin: margaretejeffer@verizon.net, kjeffer@recreativeinc.com.

  • Shiloh Ministry: Miscarriage & Infertility. Shiloh was started to care for the women and men who are grieving the loss of an unborn baby, or longing for a child yet to be conceived. Holly Roper leads this ministry and would be happy to pray with and support you: hollydroper@gmail.com.

  • Marriage Counseling and Mentoring. Third supports couples who are in need of counseling, just a “tune up,” or desire to be mentored by a couple from Third who is further down the marriage road. Please contact Ed Satterfield who can set up mentoring or counseling for you: Eds@thirdrva.org.

  • Forgotten No More Ministry: Foster care and Adoption. Forgotten No More is a new ministry at Third aimed at captivating hearts and building community to respond to God's call to care for orphans, foster children, and their families. For support, resources, and prayer, contact Missy Murchie: murchiefamily@yahoo.com.

  • International Adoption. The process of international adoption can be long and tedious. If you would like support and prayer as you walk this road, contact Sunny Rosebro at: sunny.rosebro@gmail.com

  • Financial Challenges. Money issues are the leading cause of stress in marriages. Third has been offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class for several years. If you would like to talk to someone about this class or about financial pressures you may be facing, contact Connie & Keith Byers: conniepbyers@gmail.com, keithabyers@gmail.com.

  • Dyslexia. As children learn to read, signs of dyslexia may become evident and can be overwhelming.  If you would have questions, would like prayer or guidance, please contact Noel Raggio: nraggio@comcast.net

  • Seizure Disorder. Navigating the diagnosis and treatment options for seizure disorder is a nerve-wracking process. Contact Ann Blair Higgins for prayer and support:  abhiggins1@gmail.com