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*This blog post is by Scott Crawford, our Conference Exhibitor Coordinator. Scott works as a Pharmacist for his day job.

Why You Should Join Us for the Together for Adoption National Conference 2013

I am biased, of course. I have been on staff involved with conference planning and on-site exhibitor coordination for 2 other national and 1 regional T4A conference prior to this year.

My first experience with being an attendee was in the fall of 2010 when the conference was held at Hill Country Bible Church (in partnership with Austin Stone Community Church) in Austin, TX. My wife, Jo Anna and I didn’t know exactly what all to expect. We were 6 months post-approval, waiting for a referral from the Philippines as prospective adoptive parents. We made arrangements for our 2 biological daughters, and flew 1000 miles away to an unfamiliar city for a conference we really didn’t know that much about. What we did know is that there were some solid teachers/preachers presenting and there were opportunities to prepare ourselves for our adoption journey through the breakout sessions. Everything else was gravy.

What we actually experienced was all that and more…

We caught a glimpse of heaven through the diversity of ethnic backgrounds, denominations and generations represented in corporate worship, in the classrooms and in walking the campus. We heard great expositors of the Word. The very Spirit of God moved in Jo Anna and me, giving us a better appreciation for our ‘vertical’ adoption and the implications of our part in the grand Story.

Then, unbeknownst to us our King had even more in store!

There were countless opportunities to encounter dozens of organizations ranging from educational institutions (ex. SBTS – our location for this year’s national conference) to international orphan advocacy and adoption support organizations (ex. Lifesong for Orphans) to adoption placement and family service agencies (ex. Bethany Christian Services) to regional/national/international coalitions (ex. Christian Alliance For Orphans) seeking symbiosis in the Kingdom work of caring for the more than 200 million orphans and vulnerable children here and abroad.

God met us in-between those booths, and connected and strengthened our network of like-minded individuals who took verses like Isaiah 1:17 and James 1:27 to heart. If you are still on the fence of whether or not to attend this year’s T4A National Conference, I strongly encourage you to join us!

Scott Crawford’s bio: Scott and his wife, Jo Anna, reside in Lewisville, NC with their 2 biological daughters, ages 9 & 11 and their adopted (Philippines) sons, ages 4 & 3 years old. Scott is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and currently works as the Operational Coordinator for the Comprehensive Cancer Center Pharmacy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He has been involved with T4A conference production and served as the Exhibitor Coordinator since 2010. Scott is involved with his church, Salem Chapel in Winston-Salem and is an outspoken advocate for the fatherless & the vulnerable. Scott enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and sports (especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers).

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