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House Conference #1 is a Wrap!

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 25, 2011

I’m sitting here at a Starbucks in Scottsdale, Arizona, reflecting upon last night’s house conference, our first one. Our primary reason for holding these mini-conferences in homes is because the orphan crisis is something that we as Christians should grapple with in our living rooms. The plight of orphans around the world should be just that personal to us.

What I especially enjoyed about our first one-hour mini-conference is the diversity of people who attended. We had singles, couples (some of whom had already adopted and others that were just beginning to explore the possibility) and others who just wanted to dive deeper into the theology of adoption. The ethnic diversity of all those present was a special highlight for me, too. As far as I’m concerned, it was a wonderful evening.

I spent the first 20 minutes (yes, only 20 minutes!) talking about the Story behind the story of adoption that Galatians 4:4-6 presents. After our 30,000 feet look at the theology of adoption, I conducted two 15-20 minute interviews. The first was with Tyler Johnson about his family’s wonderful adoption story and the second was with Craig Juntunen, President and Founder of Both Ends Burning, about their innovative campaign to reform international adoption. Not only are both interviews well worth watching but they (as well as my 20 minute talk on adoption) will be available on our Vimeo channel next week. Once they are uploaded and ready to go, I’ll announce it on the blog.

So, house conference #1 is a wrap and house conference #2, Lord willing, will happen this coming Monday night, once again in beautiful Phoenix. I’m eager to see what God chooses to do through this simple grassroots initiative.

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