As we’ve mentioned before on our blog, one of the purposes with our GTO book and blog is to connect our readers to various resources available that can help them on their grandparenting journey. One such resource I recently came across is Team Grandparents.
Team Grandparents is an organization founded by Dr. Denise Fraser Vaselakos. Denise is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing comprehensive therapy for adult women and men, adolescents, children, and families.
Due to the nature of her job, Denise sees on a regular basis the effects a fallen society has taken on families and sometimes especially children. As she states, “We are seeing the pornography industry and the drug industry taking the health and future of our children and adolescents and destroying marriages.” Her solution? Prayer!
“I just want grandparents to know how critical their prayers are for all of our grandchildren at this particular time in our country,” says Denise. “I believe that first and foremost we must pray for a hedge of protection around our grandchildren, infants, children, teens, and our adult grandchildren.”
In essence, this is what Team Grandparents is all about. It’s groups of grandparents coming together on a regular basis to pray for the grandchildren they know–whether their own, those in their neighborhood, or those in their church. Team Grandparents is an organized body of grandparents who meet in homes or at their church for the specific purpose of such prayer.
The mission of Team Grandparents as stated on their website is:
“To assemble and mobilize Christian grandparents across the country to pray, mentor, love, and encourage our grandchildren.”
Aside from prayer, Team Grandparents is hoping that their member grandparents will take the charge with some creative activity ideas that will reach out to grandchildren in an effort to “mentor, love, and encourage” them. Some ideas they already have for reaching grandchildren include: baking and sending cookies to grandchildren in the military or universities; sending notes of encouragement; and having a Secret Share Day where grandparents share the secrets of favorite family recipes, how to handle finances, or knowledge about how to do small home repairs.
The point of all of this is to let today’s grandchildren–regardless of their age–know that there is someone out there who cares about them, is praying for them, and is acting as a godly role model for them. What grandchild doesn’t need this?
I’d like to thank Denise for not only sharing her story with us but also for offering to place copies of our GTO book in the waiting room at her practice and on the resource list that she shares with her patients. We believe, as does Denise, that what her patients need more than anything else is godly encouragement, wisdom from the Scriptures, and prayer.
To learn more about Team Grandparents, please visit their website at www.teamgrandparents.com.