Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rallying the Troops in Kiev

The Eastern European Summit on Defending the Orphan that took place last week was a huge success!  I would have written more about it last week, but between playing hostess to our wonderful foreign guests and catching an awful cold I was exhausted!  I'm just now stopping to reflect on what an amazing week it really was.

530 Christian pastors and ministry leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Romania and other nations were all in one room for 2 days hearing from a cross section of Baptist, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox leaders.  If you know this country-- you know that this fact alone is no small feat!

A region that can often be so divided by denominational differences was instead united under one cause-- to see Eastern European Christians rise up and care for the fatherless in their land.

To see this cross section of leaders, all sharing the stage together on the opening day, sharing their heart for their nations and then together praying the Lord's prayer was a beautiful site to see.

We had the privilege of having some great leaders from the US share their hearts and experience as well, and from the response we received, we know that those who were listening were both challenged and encouraged.  Sometimes it is hard to evaluate a big event like a summit or a conference-- I think it takes time to see what God will do and how these leaders will go back to their churches and regions and influence the climate.  But I have no doubt that God is doing something.

And what would a big event like this be without a little bit of controversy??   Some fringe Catholic group (that the Catholic church doesn't recognize) from Russia decided they would come out to protest the event. Holding signs and passing out literature opposing the summit, a group of about 20 or so gathered outside the conference hall the first day-- saying our group was propagating child selling and worse. Another reminder about the war against children and the spiritual battle we are facing.

protestors being filmed by our CBN news team
sad that they didn't come and listen to the heart of our messages!
Wess Stafford giving a powerful message on the importance of one minute in the life of a child.

I left my camera at home the 2 days of the Summit- so these photos are all thanks to our awesome CBN News correspondent, George Thomas. George came to film a story surrounding the events of the summit and the movement taking place among Christian leaders in the realm of adoption and orphan care.  I'll look forward to sharing that piece with you once it is produced!

Now I'm off for a few days to take a break...and it involves tea, scones, the Queen and a wedding!  More on that later...


Tara G. said...

Wonderful news!!!

Christie Minich said...

This is so exciting!
I have a friend who works for CBN in production. I wonder if you know him?

Such a wonderful thing that the body of Christ can come together for the cause of the orphan.

When I think about how many years some of our girls layed in laying rooms day end and day out.... it hurts my heart.
One of our girls cannot stand to hear a baby cry and not be picked up. She doesn't know why... but I do.
She was that baby. Both girls had to have hernia surgery as babies. This apparently is not uncommon among babies who cry so hard that they get hernias. Eventually they stop. :(
So glad you are involved in this.

As far as the protestors... they are BLIND.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Can't wait to see the final footage!
So sad the protesters thought helping orphans meant buying or selling babies. Do they not see any on their own streets who need food, clothing, shelter, drug rehab, the message of the good news?