Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VI – Day 2

Day two of the Summit began with worship and more great speakers.  I sent a text to Rusty to tell him that I was listening to Desperation Band…they were great.  I love the song Rescue.

The morning Breakout session, Supporting Families in the Post-Placement Journey was put on by Michael and Amy Monroe of Tapestry Ministries. Let me just say that it was fantastic and the model of ministry they have created at Irving Bible Church is amazing. Best of all, I think it could be replicated again and again. Together with Karyn Purvis, Michael and Amy Monroe have also created Empowered to Connect, which I reference regularly. It is the place to find the new, FREE, Insights and Gifts Video Series by Dr. Karyn Purvis.  I loved this session and I have much more I hope to write about the work they are doing.

In the afternoon I attended The Communications Stack: A Model of Creating and Maintaining An Effective Web Presence. The presentation was excellent – interesting, humorous, and helpful. Some of it will be useful to me as a blogger, but I especially hope to apply the things I learned to the From HIV to Home website as the interest in adopting HIV+ children is growing. I was struck by how much of this I had already learned from Rusty, who wishes I would devote more time to the technical aspects of blogging. My most helpful hint to everyone in that session would be to have a 14 year-old son who loves computers, graphics, photography, and writing who also has a heart for orphan ministry.

By the time the last Breakout rolled around I was feeling tired and I couldn’t quite settle on a last session.  I finally headed to The Truth About  Orphan Care: Are We Doing More Harm than Good?  I had already missed quite a bit of the session by the time I wandered in, so I can’t say much about it, but the rest of the FHTH ladies found it to be very good.

I had to catch an early flight Saturday morning, so after dinner I printed out my boarding passes and arranged a shuttle to the airport before heading back to the church for the final General Session.  The first speaker was Sergey Demidovich who spoke about developing a national program of adoption that  allows orphans to be adopted by families within the Ukraine and Russia.

The final speaker of the Summit was John Piper and I cannot express yet how much his words meant to me.  He spoke honestly and passionately about orphan ministry and how it will impact your life in good and painfully hard ways.  Russ and I have watched the DVD of his talk together once and plan to watch it again – there is a lot to process.  I’ve already given it to my friend, Signe, and I’m interested to hear what she thinks of it.  I wish I had dozens of copies to mail out to each one of you who is experiencing challenges, and dare I say suffering, in your life as adoptive parents.  You need to hear this – really.

I hope these posts are not boring you, but it is helpful to me to think through the Summit and all that I took in.  I hope to blog more about Karyn Purvis, Empowered to Connect, and John Piper in the next several days.

Dimples will be home from school in a few minutes and I need to rock my Honeybee.  And just to end on a crazy note, Little Man came in from playing to tell me that it is snowing.  I thought he was kidding…but Samuel has confirmed it…,yes indeed, it is snowing.  I think this is one of those, “If you can’t say anything nice….” situations.

~Lisa

Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VI

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

12 Comments

  1. Renee
    May 5, 2010

    I'm enjoying reading about the conference. Is there a way to purchase the John Piper DVD?

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  2. Renee
    May 5, 2010

    I'm enjoying reading about the conference. Is there a way to purchase the John Piper DVD?

    Reply
    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Renee, I have heard they are going to be available to purchase through the Alliance, but I haven't seen anything yet. I'll keep watching and be sure to let you all know.

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  3. barb
    May 5, 2010

    Lisa,

    It was so wonderful to meet you in person at the Summit. I talked to you and your friend on Thursday after. I am an adoptive mom of 9 kids from Minnesota–don't worry if you don't remember me! Oh, see, we also talked about our kids who are in medical school right now.

    Wanted you to know that Dr. Pipers message was a high light for me as well. I called my oldest son that afternoon and let him know that John was speaking. My son attends Bethlehem Church's north campus and really enjoys Dr. Piper's messages. He joined me for the session and said it was so good to hear him speak one last time before he begins his Sabbatical. Both my son and I also were touched by Sergey Demidovich–touched to the point of tears running down our checks!

    What a wonderful event it was–do you happen to know where the Summit is being held next year?

    barb

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  4. Amy
    May 5, 2010

    I have been reading your blog for a short time but am encouraged often by what you have to say. We actually were in at lease three of the same break out sessions at Summit. I would have loved to meet you in person!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Amy, I would have loved meeting you too! Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment – I really love hearing from everyone.

      Reply
  5. deedee
    May 5, 2010

    I love Michael and Amy and Tapestry has been a huge blessing to us. We wouldn't have made it without them! Last years Summit was so incredibly wonderful and I was so sad to miss this one so I am loving every bit of your recaps!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Deedee, I thought of you and how you were sure I would love Karyn Purvis! The Tapestry session was one of my favorites and I have more I hope to write about it. All of the ladies with From HIV to Home attended it together and we were so impressed by the work the Monroes (and I'm sure other folks) are doing. What a blessing for you to have them in your lives!

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  6. barb
    May 5, 2010

    Lisa,

    It was so wonderful to meet you in person at the Summit. I talked to you and your friend on Thursday after. I am an adoptive mom of 9 kids from Minnesota–don't worry if you don't remember me! Oh, see, we also talked about our kids who are in medical school right now.

    Wanted you to know that Dr. Pipers message was a high light for me as well. I called my oldest son that afternoon and let him know that John was speaking. My son attends Bethlehem Church's north campus and really enjoys Dr. Piper's messages. He joined me for the session and said it was so good to hear him speak one last time before he begins his Sabbatical. Both my son and I also were touched by Sergey Demidovich–touched to the point of tears running down our checks!

    What a wonderful event it was–do you happen to know where the Summit is being held next year?

    barb

    Reply
    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Barb, I remember talking with you and hearing about your family…and talking med school too. It was great to meet you! I don't think they've announced the location of next year's Summit, but I am eager to hear. Russ is watching John Piper's talk again today – it is one of those things that improved each time you hear it.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Barb, I remember talking with you and hearing about your family…and talking med school too. It was great to meet you! I don't think they've announced the location of next year's Summit, but I am eager to hear. Russ is watching John Piper's talk again today – it is one of those things that improved each time you hear it.

      Reply
  7. Julie
    May 10, 2010

    SNOWING? ….ACK!!!!

    Thank you for sharing all about your experience with us.

    Reply

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