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your Matching Supporters/Advisors?
The role of a Matching Supporter:
Become educated in the process, best practices, and available tools of Matching. Thoroughly know the Matching handbooks. Be certified as a Matching Supporter. Be technically savvy with the OMS, Matchbook and the BFD international websites. Be a guide through the process for parents, BCs, church leaders and new members. Matching Supporters may choose to specialize in one or more categories: Blessed Children (BC), First Generation (1G), International (Int) and more...
Characteristics of a good Matching Supporter:
- Feels called by God to this mission
- Good Listener – to candidates and families
- Well connected with communities
- Respects confidentiality
- Effective communicator
- Coachable – willing to work within the guidelines
- Has time and availability
Responsibilities (what a Matching Supporter should do)
- Attend Training Webinars (minimum two per year required)
- Identify and build networks (geographic community, particular group or natural network)
- Know and connect to the network
- Keep confidentiality
- Attend local and national Family Matching Education Seminars when possible
- Establish and communicate your schedule of availability and preferred method of communication
- Educate parents and Candidates – to develop understanding, know-how, confidence
- Connect with BFM or BFD.
- Know the content of both handbooks
- Distribute handbooks
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Receive May 15, 2017
Hello, I am sorry my response took time. I wanted to make sure I had time to sit in front of my computer and type this but seems life is not giving me this time. I write to you as I am in bed with the lights off so I can get few hours of sleep before I go to work after I send this to you.
I wanted to tell you I really really appreciated your phone call. I felt like I tried to reach out, do my 5% (as the church would say), hoping something would change and I felt like I was shut down a lot of times In the past. You making that phone call twice and the email you sent was the most anyone in the church has ever done for me in such a long time. And It really touched me.
I just wanted to let you know, I wanted to try using OMS once, seriously commit to it, and see what happens from it. I hope I can try to find time to do it sometime soon... within the month.
I just wanted to let you know.
Good night & Thank you.
Received September 2017
Hi Anne- Marie,
I would like to let you know that I got blessed during the recent Blessing. It was done by means of parents' matching. My spouse is from ---. I participated in the ceremony in September.
I would like to thank you for the love and support you have given me on this long and tough journey. Thank you so much for encouraging me to fearlessly pursue True Parents' vision. Your support came at a time when I was being ridiculed and belittled by elders and those in leadership. There were even threats after you wrote a letter to International HQ.
During the difficult times it meant a lot to me that a person that I had never met was urging me on and giving me love. It is because of that support that I am where I am today. I hope God gives you the strength to carry on as well as to bless you in your personal life and whatever you do.
Received from a Pastor
This newsletter is great. I feel this is really precious. I want to share it with the young First Gen in our community, all of whom are currently going through matching education. I feel you really highlighted some concerns they have and your words were soothing. I will share this with the community as I feel that not enough people are even aware of OMS, let alone your heart and investment behind the project. Thank you, Thank you.
Received from Candidates
I truly appreciate your concern and investment in OMS. At this time I'm waiting patiently to be interviewed by a sister in my hometown. Without your support and enthusiasm, I believe working through details to become a Candidate would have overwhelmed me. Although I began this process several years ago, and just now feel close to becoming a Candidate after 4 1/2 years, I've learned quite a bit from my Heavenly Parent about patience and sincerity.
Thank you for your constancy, effort and example. I have a dog, and it touched my heart that you showed a picture of your dog and cat in the newsletter. It is amazing how much help pets, and the creation overall have been in this family, and in helping my son and I manage stress and conflicts. He is over 15 now, but I wish I'd thought of getting a dog to walk and for my son to interact with at an earlier juncture in our life. Perhaps that's why you included their picture? Our dog is the one member of our family that we can always count on to make us laugh with or at her or at one another! When I finally get all parts of the BFM application completed, I'll begin again on the OMS site. It can't hurt to be as thorough as possible. Gratefully.
Thank you. This letter really helped free me up. I felt really understood as a young first gen. It is the reason I haven't been working on my process recently. It hurt my self-esteem and was stopping me from seeing my true value to God and his plan to restore the world. I also have grown in my understanding of the heart it takes for the advisors to provide a suggestion to me and I will respect that much more moving forward.