[Baton Rouge, LA September 5, 2014] Lorri Linkhart, single mom of three children in Beavercreek, Ohio received the surprise of a lifetime when she answered her phone this week. Jennifer Barnes Maggio, Chief Executive Officer of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, was on the other end congratulating her as the new 2014 National Single Mom of the Year. Linkhart’s daughter, 17-year-old Hannah, nominated her for the national program earlier in the year.
“I’m stunned.” Linkhart stated, “I have been praying for a sign from God that He sees me, and this is it!”
The National Single Mom of the Year contest was rolled out in June 2014 to give single mothers a way to be recognized for the hard work they put in everyday. Criteria included examples of courage, character, and commitment to Christ, as well as examples of the contribution the single mom has made to the improvement to both she and her children’s lives. Award package included an all-expenses paid trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an awards ceremony to be held on October 3, 2014 at Healing Place Church, $500, a makeover, and various gifts and prizes.
As the organization’s founder and current CEO, Maggio says it is an honor and privilege to work with single mothers such as Linkhart to see them overcoming life’s obstacles against all odds and thriving in a relationship with the Lord. Linkhart’s entry detailed that the 43-year-old is six classes away from obtaining her Bachelor’s degree. It also highlighted some of the significant abuse and medical difficulties she has overcome, while tending to the needs of her three children and balancing school and work.
“Our God,” Maggio says, “is much bigger than any statistic written on a sheet of paper. The power of God changes lives, offers freedom, and erases pasts. Two out of three single moms aren’t attending church. As the body of Christ, this should move us to action.”
The Life of a Single Mom is a nonprofit organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana committed to seeing no single mother walk alone. The organization has helped over 22,000 families connect to a local support group and has served more than 1,500 churches and nonprofits in 19 countries to better equip single parents in their communities to live successful lives. The group has won a number of high profile awards.
Honorable Mentions, Included:
Erica Howard of Bellevue, WA
Christie Aitken of Montgomery, AL
Sally Killoran of Wickenburg, AZ
The organization can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is http://www.TheLifeOfASingleMom.com.
The Life of a Single Mom Ministries serves single moms in communities across the globe through events, workshops, programming, training materials, support groups, and conferences. They have served single moms, their children, and taught single moms to serve others. They provide training for pastors, ministry leaders, and lay volunteers.