Well I returned from my whirl-wind trip to the US where I was attending the Christian Alliance for Orphan's Summit at Saddleback Church in California. Although it was a super quick trip, I am so thankful for this opportunity I had to attend this very inspiring event.
I was privileged to listen to the likes of Rick and Kay Warren, Francis Chan, Denis Rainey, Steven Curtis Chapman and Dr. Karyn Purvis. Even better than listening to these amazing teachers I was united with countless dear friends in the adoption/orphan care sphere-- many that I hadn't seen in years! From adoptive parents, to ministry partners, to blog and facebook friends, it felt more like a family reunion than a conference!
The most impacting part of the week for me was the all day event on Wednesday with Karyn Purvis who is one of the leading specialists in working with children from hard places. Many are familiar with her book The Connected Child, and while at the conference I was able to pick up her DVD teaching series--which is a must for any adoptive parent. She speaks with such wisdom and experience and truly gives hope to parents who are struggling with their children. (http://empoweredtoconnect.org/)
|Ruslan sharing about work being done in Ukraine|
|Kris- my dear friend--adoptive mom and co-founder of Ukraine Orphan Outreach|