Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Together for Adoption, ABBA Fund, The Austin Stone Community Church, Verge Network, Hill Country Bible Church, and Hope for Orphans are partnering together for this unique event to further equip churches and families to fulfill the orphan mandate.
God has provided us with an excellent keynote speaker lineup to help us unpack this year's conference theme:"The Gospel, the Church, and the Global Orphan Crisis." There is not a more important theme that we could consider. The gospel is the almighty power of God to equip and mobilize the church to be the church and to fulfill the orphan mandate. Therefore, our primary objective is to immerse ourselves in the good news of Jesus for our joy and the good of orphans.
We are anticipating between 1,000-1,200 passionate people joining us to consider this wonderful and critically important theme.
- 30+ breakouts on orphan care, adoption, fostercare, child-trafficking, the church, and mission.
- 6 good-news saturated general sessions
- Worship led by Aaron Ivey.
- Strategic networking opportunities with others who share your passion and interest
Early-bird registration ends June 30th - $69 per person. We are also offering a church group discount (see our Registration Fees and Childcare page for information: Together for Adoption Registration.
We do not want you and your church to miss out on this early pricing discount. Download our poster here (Together for Adoption) to advertise at your church or to create bulletin inserts. Here is a sample blurb that could be used to communicate to your church:
"Don't miss the Together for Adoption 2010 National Conference, Oct 1-2, in Austin, TX. The conference theme is "The Gospel, the Church, and the Global Orphan Crisis." Come hear leading voices address the Church's call to care for the orphan. Early bird registration is $69 through June 30th."
Visit Together for Adoption for more information and to register.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I just finished the book "Priceless" by Tom Davis. Tom is one of my favorite authors. He also happens to be the CEO of Children's HopeChest. This is a wonderfully written story about the truth of child sex trafficking. Honestly, my stomach was in knots the majority of the book. The reality of the horrific situations in which these girls are having to endure was too much for me at times and I had to take a break from reading. That being said, it was also a topic that I needed to hear. Please pick up this book and read it. You will be changed.
As a social worker I know how difficult it is for children in the United States coming out of the foster care system at age 18. We are failing God's children miserably!! Children living in orphanages all across the world are aging out of the orphanages at around age 13-15. What's next for them? Typically the streets. There are very few programs which assist children beyond the orphanage. Sadly, there are vile people who trick and/or steal these helpless children and trap them in the sex trade business.
Something must be done! Are you crazy enough for God to make a difference? Below are links to organizations who are helping children trapped in this horrible business.
Child Sex Trafficking Statistics
1.2 million children are trafficked every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking
The average age of a trafficked victim is 14 years old
The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Seriously, I have the best kids in the WORLD!!! They are so loving towards others and in tune to the needs of those around them. God is going to use them for some BIG things in the future.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
We found many of the students in the Ziway Lifesong School were coming to school hungry and brought no food for lunch. Teachers complained of lack of attention on the students’ part. Lifesong initiated a school feeding program in November, 2009, for all 300 students at the school.
For breakfast each receives fafa, a porridge-like food that provides the nutrients that each growing child needs. The lunch menu rotates through a cycle of fish soup, the national foods of shiro and injera, vegetable beef soup, and pasta.
Now that the Adami Tulu Nursery School has re-opened, Lifesong has also started a similar breakfast and lunch feeding program there.
The Ziway school feeding program, in which 300 children are fed two meals each day, has been very successful. Caregivers, teachers, and the students themselves report that they are much healthier, more attentive in class, and have more muscle and skin tone.
Sustaining the program of feeding each student a nutritious breakfast and lunch at the Adami Tulu School will take additional funding and special logistics. However, if it is God’s will, we know that He will provide what is necessary for the feeding program. On the first day of the feeding program, all students were measured for their height and weight and this data was recorded. Several children were found to be malnourished. Now that we have this statistical data, we intend to monitor the students’ progress.
In Ethiopia, $3 feeds 1 child for a month!