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Last Week for Early Bird Registration!

by Dan Cruver Published Aug 25, 2010

There is just one week left to register for our National Conference’s early bird rate of $79. Over 500 people have already registered! So, if you plan on attending, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of our early bird rate.

Our breakout sessions are filling up quickly as well. Quite a few of them already have over 100 signed up to attend. If you plan on attending the conference, here are some breakouts that you should check out:

A Different Kind of Picture (Esther Havens). How easy is it to get wrapped up in a person’s circumstance and forget to engage in their story? Images have the capability to convey meaning, compel thought and create movement. In this session, we will discuss Humanitarian Photography and how we can be a voice for those who need to be heard. ~Session 1 (Oct. 1, 10:30 – 11:30 am)

Your Church and the Foster Child (Todd Nighswonger – as Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church, Todd has enjoyed the privilege of serving alongside Francis Chan) ~Session 1 (Oct. 1, 10:30 – 11:30 am)

Honoring First Families (Troy and Tara Livesay). Whether you are simply considering adoption or have been an adoptive parent for many years, this session will help you relate to your child’s first family in healthy ways. We’ll examine positive language about birth-families and ways to build your child’s security as a member in your family. their first family, and God’s family. ~Session 3 (Oct. 1: from 4:00 – 5:00 pm)

Embryo Adoption and the Protection of Life (Laura Godwin, Nightlight Christian Adoptions). There are more than 500,000 embryos in storage. What is their future? Well, there are four options for these embryos: indefinite cryopreservation; objects of research resulting in destruction; destruction; or life. As we consider adoption, some will be called to adopt newborns, some to adopt children in orphanages around the world, and some to adopt waiting embryos. All life is precious in God’s eyes. Whatever our individual emphasis may be, let us stand together in protecting and preserving all life. If you are starting the adoption journey, you may want to consider your role in giving life to one of these embryos. Your adoption will just start earlier than most and you will get to experience pregnancy and the birth of your newborn infant. ~Session 3 (Oct. 1: from 4:00 – 5:00 pm)

How to help 100 orphans for the cost of 1 (Jim Ross, VisionTrust). This session will take a look at the reality of the current global orphan situation, what the statistics mean, and especially what they don’t mean. The session will conclude with practical examples of how large numbers of orphans have been cared for in both extremely life changing AND cost effective ways around the world. ~Session 3 (Oct. 1: from 4:00 – 5:00 pm)

Orphan Sunday: Grow Commitment to Orphans in Your Church and Community (Christian Alliance for Orphans). November 7, 2010 is Orphan Sunday. Churches, community groups, pastors, lay-leaders, and students across the country will harness this day to shine a spotlight on God’s mandate to care for the orphans, and what we can do in response. Locally-led events range from sermons and Sunday School classes to concerts, fundraisers and prayer gatherings. Taken together, hundreds of simple grassroots events will echo nationwide. How can you seize the opportunities presented byOrphan Sunday? Learn how people across the country are using this day to expand energy and engagement in their churches and organizations on behalf of orphans, and how the Christian Alliance for Orphans can help you develop yourown local activities. ~Session 4  (Oct. 2, 1:15 – 2:15 pm)

Digging Deeper into the Theology of Adoption for the Sake of Orphans (Dan Cruver and Jason Kovacs). There is much more to the theology of adoption than initially meets the eye. Join us as we explore the edges of some of the vast vistas of Scripture’s teaching on adoption and their implications for mobilizing the church for orphan care. ~Session 5  (Oct. 2: from 2:30 – 3:30 pm)

Night and Day Prayer for Justice (Randy and Kelsey Bohlender, The Zoe Foundation and International House of Prayer). How prayer and worship can impact a church’s effectiveness in justice ministry. ~Session 5  (Oct. 2: from 2:30 – 3:30 pm)

Encouragement to Keep-On-Keeping-On (Johnny Carr, Director of Church Partnerships forBethany Christian Services). Many people who have started Orphan Care and Adoption Ministries in their churches are burned out and discouraged. We will look at what Scripture has to say about casting your net one more time. ~Session 5  (Oct. 2: from 2:30 – 3:30 pm)

Mini-Breakout Track (only sessions 4-5) – Orphan Care Partnerships: Church-to-Church and Church-to-Community (Food for the Hungry)

Session 4 (October 2, 1:15 – 2:15 pm) James 1:27 in Full: Orphans, Widows, and Defacto Orphans – a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership between churches in Austin and a community in Ethiopia. Learn how one church has launched a $700,000 community-to-community partnership (in conjunction with 17 indigenous churches and Food for the Hungry International) to serve as “virtual foster parents” for 300 orphans living alone, to serve dying widows and their defacto orphans, and to promote indigenous adoption. Pre-read the partnership’s blog at

Session 5 (October 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm) Orphan Care as True Evangelism – a multi-year orphan care partnership has become a model for evangelism and spreading the Gospel in a predominantly Muslim area of Ethiopia. Learn how meeting the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of orphans can lead to spiritual transformation, for the orphans and those around them. From mud hut painting, to grief and loss support groups, to building libraries, see the undefiled and pure religion of caring for orphans can bring people to Christ through.

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  • Stacy

    I am desperately trying to figure out how to do the Group Registration but cannot seem to find any information on the website that gives details and explains how this works. Please help!

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