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With Haiti’s earthquake drawing global focus to the plight of orphans, Christians from across America and beyond will gather in Minneapolis, MN, for the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Summit VI on April 29-30, 2010. The objective: to inspire and equip Christians to “care for orphans in their distress” through adoption, foster care and global orphan care ministry rooted in the local church.
What you can look forward to:
· Featured speakers will include national champions of orphan care and adoption, including John Piper, Mary Beth Chapman, Tom Davis, Doug Sauder, Stephanie Fast, Jedd Medefind, and Al Mohler. Compelling voices from the global church will join as well, from Africa to Central America.
· Music will be led by Steven Curtis Chapman, Peder Eide, Desperation Band and other artists.
· More than 50 workshops delivering nuts-and-bolts for adoption, foster care and global orphan programs – designed for both laypersons and leadership
Orphan care resources for church ministries, as well as personal orphan care and adoption journeys
Breakouts will also include 5 “Hague Hour” Credits for Adoptive Families.
Q&A sessions and networking opportunities with respected adoption, global orphan and foster care organizations and veteran ministry leaders.
For Christians stirred by the plight of orphans, Summit offers the biggest and best opportunity of the year to learn how to act upon conviction. To learn more and register now, visit the Summit website here.
A taste of breakout topics:
· Haiti and the Local Church: What’s Next?
· Bridging the Great Divide: Building Positive Relationships Between Church Ministries and Government
· Understanding Childhood Development of Overseas Orphans
· A Lifelong Love: Keeping the Gospel at the Center of Orphan Ministry
· Church-Based Orphan Ministry 101
· Fundraising for Orphan Ministry
· Starting in the Right Direction: Helping Pre-Adoptive Couples Make Sound Decisions
· Now What? Helping Children Age Out of Foster Care
· The Financial Challenge of Adoption and How the Local Church Can Respond
· Engaging Church Leadership
· A Child’s Journey Through the Foster Care System
· How Does It Work? Models of Global Orphan Ministry Based in US Churches
· Practical Ideas of Orphan-Focused Events
· Understanding HIV/AIDS and the Orphan
· And many more…
And there’s more! Five sessions will provide pre-adoptive families with needed Hague credits.
· Adoption and Orphans: Becoming a Multicultural/Multiracial Family
· Adoption and Orphans: Attachment and Trauma (Part I and II)
· Adoption and Orphans: Grief and Loss
· Adoption and Orphans: Acclimating to a New Family Member
“American Christians are stirring to the needs of orphans both at home and abroad as never before. What’s thrilling is that even small ministries in local churches can make such significant impact. There are millions of parentless children worldwide, but a single statistic matters more than any other: it only takes one caring adult to make a lifelong difference in the life of an orphan.”
- Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
Praying that the Lord would break your heart for the things that break His can be an often overwhelming thing!
I am thankful to have had the veil lifted from my eyes, yet those eyes are now often filled with tears, tears for the poor, the least of these, the orphans, those living in complete oppression. Gwen sent me the falling whistles story last night and it wrecked me! All I could think about the whole time were my precious Hill and Wick. At 12 and 13, would most likely have been whistleblowers, put on the frontline. Can't wrap my brain around it honestly, but can help bring awareness to the plight of these boys in the Congo.
Please take the time to watch the story on the link below.Then purchase a whistle!
A friend from church sent me this today and I was so blessed. I long so much for Ethiopia that it filled a void for a moment! Click here to pre-order her CD, comes out in April. I can't wait for it to get here.
Moody is simply the best hubby EVER- encouraging me to go, knowing that it will require him to care for the 6 kiddos at home, and one that doesn't sleep!! I am so blessed to have him as my best friend and helper in life! I will be asking for specific prayer requests closer to the trip and possible help for him as well, though he is fully capable!!! :)
We will spend most of our time down in the southern region of Ethiopia and I am thrilled as Eyasu and Abe are from the South! I just have a feeling that my life will be wrecked for the better as I experience so much of what breaks His heart. It is definitely a leap of faith to leave the kids, leave my man and go, but I just know that He is asking me to and so that gives me peace.
We have some winners!!! Abe worked SO hard to draw names today, got tired and Eyasu came in and replaced him. Sweet those Ethiopian boys.
Congrats to the following winners:
My dear sister, Gwen, called early this morning with the news that she is headed to Uganda. She finally got a court date. She has waited with grace to get the news to FINALLY go and meet her precious Joseph and Daisy. She works tirelessly for the 147 million orphans of the world and she encourages my spirit daily.
There is a movement afoot within conservative Christian denominations regarding discipleship of children for kingdom purposes. Julie Ferwerda has added yet another call to discipling your children with one caveat–she is taking it global.
The book is divided into three parts: Gather, Sharpen, and Launch. Recognizing that the time is short, and the need great, Julie exhorts all parents to disciple their children to impact the world instead of the world impacting their children. In her part on gathering, she lays out a plan for the parents to chart their own course with their families and to hop on board the one million arrows campaign and challenges each family to own the mission of discipling their children.
Part two guides the parents in gathering the arrows (children) to sharpen them. She helps the reader to understand how to shape your arrows in your home and beyond. In so doing, you will ultimately be able to send your arrows off into the world to impact the kingdom of God.
The final part of the book is how to launch your arrows. This can be a difficult process for all parents while also being perhaps one of the most rewarding times in a parent’s life.
Throughout the book, you get to know Papa–Dr. M.A. Thomas. He was the inspiration behind the book and the movement, One Million Arrows. She shares about Papa that
God gave him the vision of gathering one million orphaned and abandoned children, sharpening them as “arrows for God,” and launching them to start one million churches in the these communities of India who had never heard the name of Jesus. He has been faithfully working toward the vision since, and today he has launched 16,000 orphan arrows as ambassors of Christ into India, and planted 21,000 churches."
In support and celebration of this book release, I will be giving away 3 beautiful Uganda bead necklaces! Just leave a comment to enter and I will draw later this week. Isn't winning stuff fun????