CAFO Summit VII Highlights – Day 1

Project HOPEFUL is enjoying our time here at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. The Team has enjoyed the camaraderie which comes from being amongst like-minded advocates who share the same burden to see orphans receive the care they need.

The conference was kicked off with a time of worship Wednesday night with a wonderful concert from Meredith Andrews and the Desperation Band. Today we were treated to many informative general and breakout sessions by thoughtful presenters representing a wide range of topics, such as; McLane Layton of Equality for Adopted Children, Karyn Purvis of TCU Institute of Child Development, Brian Fikkert of Covenant College and Chalmers Center, Julie Gumm, author of Adopt Without Debt… just to name a VERY few.

The conference has already blessed the Project HOPEFUL team. We suspect that the information learned here will continue to inform and challenge us to as we take what we’ve learned home to digest further through prayer and meditation. There is not much that compares to gathering with like-minded organizations to compare notes on best practices and what is truly working in the world of orphan care.

On an exciting personal note, Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine of Family Life Today interviewed Executive Director, Carolyn Twietmeyer in front of the live general session audience this morning. Project HOPEFUL couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to be featured on such a prominent national radio show! Stay tuned for further details about what date the show will air.

2 responses to “CAFO Summit VII Highlights – Day 1

  1. I was moved by your story today…thank you for sharing it with us at SummitVII. As it turns out, one of my closest friends is a church planter in Chicagoland. He is currently leading a successful plant in Joliet!!! The website is http://www.crossroadsofjoliet.org (check them out if you can). I believe they are currently running around 450. God is blessing their ministry and growing the church rapidly. After hearing you talk today, I would love to connect you with the lead pastor, Matt Summers. I have already reached out to him about the possibility of you sharing your story with his community of believers. He also serves on the Ignite Chicagoland board, and has several connections to churches in your area. I will try to connect with you tomorrow at the conference and perhaps we could work out a plan to connect you with them. It was a great day at SummitVII….

  2. Sounds like an amazing conference so far! Can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

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