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Collaboration in Orphan Care

By Kate Borders | Senior Director Mobilization

Recently 11 World Orphans staff attended the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Summit IX.It was exciting to hear about what God is doing through His people around the world to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

One of our big takeaways from the conference is that there are many different types of ministry, many different ways to go about caring for children, and there is not just one right way.

As a ministry, God has called World Orphans to partner with local churches to care for children, so our joyful responsibility is to be passionately committed to church-based ministry and care.

That being said, we consider it a privilege to work with others in orphan ministry to participate in discussion and writing about excellence in orphan care.We are all passionate about the Gospel and agree that God’s heart is for children to receive excellent love and care, so we’re going to work together to define what it means to excellently care for orphaned children across different ministries.

We are honored to partner with Phil Darke of Providence World Ministries by contributing a chapter to a book project that will discuss excellence in orphan care. For updates on the book project like these: "In pursuit of orphan excellence" and "In pursuit of orphan excellence-Part 2", keep an eye on the Providence Blog.

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Still Time to Attend Together For Adoption Conference in Atlanta!

Recently Together for Adoption posted the following blog post about their upcoming conference later this month in Atlanta (click the image below to check it out).

World Orphans will be attending, participating, and leading a few sessions at the upcoming Together for Adoption conference.

It truly is a time focused on refreshment, encouragement, and strengthening. We look forward to being there and being part of 'making much of the One who says to us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).'

There's still time...hope to see you in Atlanta!



Together for Adoption conference extends special pricing

Together for Adoption's annual conference is just three months away and T4A is offering special pricing this week with a savings of $30. Join us October 21-22 in Phoenix for Together for Adoption Conference 2011. Over 1,200 people will gather together at Redemption Church (Gilbert Campus) to explore the theme Missional Living, the Gospel and Orphan Care. One of our primary objectives for this year’s conference is to create a forum to consider the good news of the Gospel, explore its implications for how we think about and implement orphan care strategies, and discuss how we can move toward greater collaboration as the people of God for the sake of orphans worldwide.

General session speakers include: Darrin PatrickTullian TchividjianTim Chester (coming to us from England), Bryan LorittsJuan Sanchez, and Jeff Vanderstelt.

Worship Leaders: Shaun GrovesAaron Ivey, and Jimmy McNeal

Note: Childcare is available. Infant through 6th grade is $25 per child for the entire conference.

This special pricing of $75 per person lasts through Saturday, July 30th and is available here:

For more on the conference, visit Together for Adoption.



WO's First Emotional Care Training Conference Equips African Pastors to Help Kids

Last week, World Orphans holistic care team travelled to Kenya where pastors from projects in Uganda and Nairobi gathered to learn more about emotional care for children. The holistic-care team, which focuses on helping caretakers meet the emotional, physical, spiritual and mental needs of children, spent the last few months developing emotional care materials under the guidance of WOs resident counselor, Erin Musick.

The materials were designed to help pastors and houseparents learn how to better communicate with children on an emotional level.

"The workshop wrapped up SO well.  Everyone was really encouraged, said they learned so much. They said they wished the training had been 5 days and asked when we were coming back," Kate Borders, director of holistic care, wrote from Kenya.

"And in addition to being helpful to their work with children, the participants have been sharing personal stories about how the information is helpful and encouraging to them personally as well.  Everyone is really enjoying time together, it's very personal...people are enjoying learning, sharing, praying, encouraging one another."

This week, the team is traveling to actual project sites to answer individualized questions and help the caregivers begin to implement their new emotional care skills.

Please pray for these caregivers and children as they pursue deeper relationships.

To find out more about World Orphans care model, check out this information about our solution, the continuum of care.



WO Staffer to be Featured at Together for Adoption Blogger Meetup

By Julie Gumm

The Together for Adoption conference announced the Featured Blogger Meetups that are happening Friday and Saturday during lunch.

On Friday the meetup will feature Jamie IveyAmy BottomlyAmy BlockZach Nielsen, Courtney Girwood, and Jody Landers.

Saturday’s meetup features Kristen HowertonMary OstynAngel WeirLorraine PattersonTroy & Tara LivesayChris MarlowTom Davis, and YOURS TRULY.

(Updated: Tom Davis was on Friday but had to switch to the Sat group due to scheduling.)

I feel like one of the cool kids :-) Totally kidding.

Of course I’m just as excited about attending the meetups as I am being “in” one of them. Some of these people I’ve followed online for years. I think Angel and Mary would qualify as my “oldest” online reads back when adoption was just a glimmer in our eye. Amy and Jody are a close second. Some I’ve only recently started following but am already learning so much and FEEL like I know them.

So if you’re going to Together for Adoption, sign up for the Blogger Meetups and come have some fun with us!

To read Julie's blog, click here.

For more information about the Together for Adoption conference or to register, click here.



World Orphans to Present at Together for Adoption Conference

World Orphans and nearly 50 organizations will gather for the Together for Adoption conference in Austin, Texas in early October. The conference, which features eight keynote speakers, will help educate and connect both organizations and individuals who feel burdened by the orphan crisis.

This year's theme, "The Gospel, The Church and the Global Orphan Crisis," will focus on the importance of American and indigenous churches in effective orphan care, the focus of World Orphans mission.

World Orphans and Saddleback Church will be presenting one of the breakout sessions titled "Church-Centered International Orphan Care".

"Lord willing, the 2010 conference will be our largest and most helpful conference yet, with gospel-saturated general sessions, longer breakout sessions, and more time to network with other churches, organizations, and adoptive families," according to a Together for Adoption press release. "We're intentionally structuring the conference around the gospel and community."

Though the conference title, Together for Adoption, may sound like it is geared toward adoptive parents or organizations that facilitate the adoption process, the conference's scope is much wider.

"People are usually surprised - some more, some less - to learn that our primary stress at Together For Adoption is not so much upon child-placement as it is on the plight of orphaned and abandoned children," the Together for Adoption blog read.

"So, when you read "Together for Adoption," don't just think child-placement. Don't even mainly think child-placement. Think creation-renewal and keep in mind that our upcoming national conference will address the current global orphan crisis from that critically important perspective."



Summit VI Orphan Conference Recap

For the last six years the Christian Alliance for Orphans has organized an annual Summit where orphan ministry leaders, pastors and grassroot advocates come together to learn about best practices in orphan care and encourage each other. Over 1,000 people gathered at Grace Church in Minneapolis to be encouraged and educated on the ways we can work together as a Christian community to care for orphans.

Seven World Orphans staff members attended and had the privilege of talking with all those who stopped by our booth (if you were one of them, thanks for coming by).

Much of the conference was "live-blogged" by CAFO and you can get some great highlights here:

John Piper closed it out with this benediction on Friday evening: