Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VI

I left for the Summit on Wednesday morning, flying out of the little airport in our neighboring town.  I was in Seattle, feeling airsick from turbulence, a mere fifty minutes after take off.  My dear friend, Marybeth met me there, and the flight to Minneapolis went by quickly as we chatted and then slept a bit.  We arrived a few hours before the rest of the From HIV to Home ladies, so we stopped by the Mall of America to see if I could find a dress for Mimi’s wedding.  I’m not much of a shopper, and it felt a bit odd to be in “retail heaven” on the way to the Orphan Summit, so we gave up after a bit.

We met the rest of the staff at 7:00.  It is a fascinating thing to meet people you know from their blogs and photos, and whose voices you hear over the phone in staff meetings.  Jennifer and I have met before, but I hadn’t met Brianna or Abbey.  It took, oh twenty seconds or so, and then it seemed like we had always known each other.

With only two days for the Summit, each General Session was packed with interesting speakers.  Two of my favorite speakers the first morning were Doug Sauder with 4 Kids of South Florida, who spoke about foster care ministry, and Tom Davis with Children’s Hopechest who spoke with conviction about the tragedy of sex trafficking of vulnerable children.

The first Breakout Session I attended was Karyn Purvis, Giving Voice to the Orphan.  I expected it to be much like the talks I have seen her give on videos, but she spoke on a more deeply spiritual level. Dr. Purvis was wonderful, of course, and I was thankful to see her teach in person.  I suggested that next year she teach a session for “Traumatized Adoptive Parents” she only chuckled…but I was serious!

After lunch I attended Breakout Session: Adoption of HIV+ Orphans and Other Special Needs.  It was wonderful seeing our friends from Project Hopeful and all of the people who crowded into the room to learn more about adopting these children.

I also attended  a Breakout called Adoption and Orphans: Grief and Loss by Kris Faasse from Bethany Christian Services.  It was an excellent session as well and I was impressed with the speaker’s knowledge.

The evening session was one of the highlights of the entire Summit.  Mary Beth Chapman spoke about their life, how they became involved in adoption, and the loss of their little girl in a tragic accident.  She was so transparent and so “normal” in the way she addressed the audience, and spoke of her grief.  Then Steven Curtis Chapman sang and we all cried.  I feel blessed to have experienced that evening.

I just learned that CD’s of the sessions will be available from Christian Alliance for Orphans and I plan to get a copy of the evening with the Chapmans.

More soon.

~Lisa

Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VI – Day 2

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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.

20 Comments

  1. Melinda
    May 4, 2010

    I so wish I could have went. Planned to go with PH but couldn't at the last minute, would have been great to meet you and the rest of your staff from HIV to Home. Next year I am going no matter what! 🙂 As of now I don't have any plans to adopt again so finances should look much better after this adoption!

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  2. Melinda
    May 4, 2010

    I so wish I could have went. Planned to go with PH but couldn't at the last minute, would have been great to meet you and the rest of your staff from HIV to Home. Next year I am going no matter what! 🙂 As of now I don't have any plans to adopt again so finances should look much better after this adoption!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      Melinda, it would have been great to meet you in person. Let's do it next year! I hope, hope, hope I'll be able to go again. My greatest desire is to have Russ come with me…and maybe Rusty too.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      Melinda, it would have been great to meet you in person. Let's do it next year! I hope, hope, hope I'll be able to go again. My greatest desire is to have Russ come with me…and maybe Rusty too.

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  3. OneThankfulmom
    May 4, 2010

    Jill, I'm sorry I missed you! I hope we can meet next year. Thank you for reading my blog.

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  4. April
    May 4, 2010

    I heard MB Chapman is coming out with a book about her experiences with loss and her daughter. Did she mention this at the summit?

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      April, she did mention it and I saw it on her blog as well:http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/ Here is the a link to that specific post: http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/2010/0

      She was so genuine – I'm looking forward to getting the DVD of her talk.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      April, she did mention it and I saw it on her blog as well:http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/ Here is the a link to that specific post: http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/2010/0

      She was so genuine – I'm looking forward to getting the DVD of her talk.

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    3. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      April, she did mention it and I saw it on her blog as well:http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/ Here is the a link to that specific post: http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/marybeth/2010/0

      She was so genuine – I'm looking forward to getting the DVD of her talk.

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  5. jill
    May 4, 2010

    Wish I could of met you. We were there as well. Love your blog.
    Many blessings

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  6. Nordstroms
    May 4, 2010

    Lisa, you had mentioned you were able to watch Dr. Piper's message. Is it online somewhere?
    I also think the highlight of our weekend was hearing the Chapmans share from deep within, hearing their struggles, and how they have "wrestled with God." And yet there was an unmistakable joy and hope and peace that radiated from them. I'll never forget SCC leading us in "Blessed Be Your Name." During the "You give and take away" portion of the song, I saw MBC worshiping in the front row with hands held high – truly worshiping the One who had given and taken away. I am still moved thinking about it.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      Hi Nordstroms! It was so great to meet you – thank you for introducing yourselves. My friend, Jennifer, bought a DVD of John Piper's message and gave it to me. She also tried to buy a DVD of the Chapmans, but they were sold out. The person working told her that CD's or DVD's are going to be available for $7.00…but I haven't seen anything on the website yet, so don't quote me on that.

      I still get choked up every time I think of the evening with the Chapmans. I don't think I'll ever forget it.

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  7. Andrea
    May 4, 2010

    I am so glad you were able to go and have a good time. I have heard nothing but amazing things about the Summit. I look forward to the one here on East Coast in November. And hope to get to one next year.
    I think your suggested topic to Ms Purvis is perfect actually. :o)
    Blessings
    Andrea

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  8. OneThankfulmom
    May 4, 2010

    Jill, I'm sorry I missed you! I hope we can meet next year. Thank you for reading my blog.

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  9. OneThankfulmom
    May 4, 2010

    Andrea, I wish I could join you at the Summit in PA, but I hope to see you at the main Summit next year. I was serious about the session suggestion…maybe I need to email it to a few smart people and see if somebody will grab the idea…or maybe we should do it ourselves as a panel of adoptive parents!

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  10. Giann
    May 4, 2010

    Thank you for sharing with us! Could you do a post about some of the topics? I would like to hear about them!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      Giann, I'm going to try to post about my favorites. There was so much good stuff.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 4, 2010

      Giann, I'm going to try to post about my favorites. There was so much good stuff.

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  11. Dawn
    May 5, 2010

    It was so nice to meet you, Lisa! The conference was incredible. What a blessing to hear from such passionate people!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 5, 2010

      I agree – the speakers were fantastic. It was wonderful to meet you too! I hope to see you again next year.

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