Saturday, March 20, 2010

Orphan Summit

“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

I just wanted to share with all of you about this amazing opportunity at the end of April in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Christian Alliance for Orphans is holding their annual conference and it is going to be AWESOME.

I got to go for the first time just last year (it was held in Texas) and it was completely inspiring/humbling/disturbing-in-a-good-way. I think my biggest general take-away was that God created children to be raised in families and this is something very, very near to God's heart. And that we need to do something.

An added bonus was time with girlfriends...staying up way too late...laughing really hard. I also got to meet several wonderful women who I'd only previously known online. (I was good and pregnant at the it strange that I always miss being pregnant when I'm not?)

So, if you're at all able, I totally recommend going to this conference. I'll be there(!) with the other sweet ladies with From HIV to Home. Mary Lu will be there too. So come.

Here is a bunch of general info from CAFO:

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


jenny said...

I saw this on the Desiring God website and was totally wanting to go. It won't work out for us but I think the seminars might be available online after it takes place. I thought of you immediately and wondered if you knew about it. Glad to hear you're going. Enjoy.

Angela said...

how hard are you praying? ;)

JaneeNoel said...

I am trying to work things out to be there. If anyone is interested in sharing a hotel room, let me know. =) janee noel at yahoo.


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