Show Hope is thrilled to be a Champion Sponsor at the Christian Alliance for Orphans 9th annual Orphan Summit this week! From seeing ministry partners, to seeing friends, to gaining knowledge and insight into the global orphan care movement, Summit is truly one of the highlights of our year. We are particularly glad #Summit9 is in our own backyard this year (in Nashville, TN) because it gives us a unique opportunity to have our entire staff here. We’ve been busy planning which of the incredible sessions we’re attending, and getting ready to meet the thousands of you who are registered.
Whether you’re joining us from a few miles down the road or from across the world, we hope that you’ll take this opportunity to engage with us! Here’s a quick breakdown of where you can find Show Hope this week:
Breakout Session I (11am-noon):
So You Want to Change the World? - Scott and Kerry Hasenbalg – Room 2132
We all want to be effecting in Kingdom work while thriving in our personal relationship and responsibilities. However, many of us are weary, heavy-laden and lack joy and peace in our lives. By digging into spiritual truths as well as practical applications, we can overflow with hope in our ministry by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Multi-Racial Family – panel feat. Melissa Wheatley – Room 2103
Real families, parents and children share their stories and respond to your questions about being a transracial family from a biblical worldview. Share in the wisdom and collective experiences of both adoptees and adoptive parents in transracial families.
Breakout Session II (2-3pm):
Ministry is a Family Thing – Mary Beth Chapman and Emily Richards – Room 2132
Mary Beth Chapman and her daughter, Emily, will share what it is like to be involved in orphan care and adoption ministry together. For Mary Beth and Steven, their involvement with adoption advocacy and orphan care efforts has become more than a ministry they are passionate about–it is part of the legacy they are passing on to their children.
Breakout Session III (4-5pm):
Innovative Adoption Funding Solutions & How the Church Can Respond - panel feat. Kathy McKinney – Room 2132
This workshop will equip churches and families to overcome one fo the biggest barriers to adoption: money. Learn creative solutions to the funding hurdles, both big and small. Explore specific examples and “case studies” of how God has provided through churches and individuals to meet the financial needs of adoption.
General Session (7-8:45p):
Steven Curtis Chapman will close the first night of Summit with music and worship.
Prayer Meetings (8-8:30am):
Orphans in China Prayer Focus – several staff – Room 2004
This prayer time is an opportunity to gather with others who share your particular passion and focus in the world, joining together to ask God to act decisively for the fatherless.
Breakout Session V (2-3pm):
God is Love: THe Nature of the Father and Our Identity as His Children – Emily Richards – Room 2140
Whatever your involvement with adoption advocacy, orphan care, or foster care may be, it is often helpful to pull the scope back from what we are doing to remember why we are doing it. The aim of this breakout session is not necessarily neat answers or practical steps; rather, the intention is to create space so as to be reminded and reflect upon the great love that God the Father has for his children and how a love so entirely transformative in natures dialogues with our lived adoption experience.
Additionally, the Red Bus will be parked out in the parking lot and open to the public! You’ll also want to stop by our booth in the Brentwood Baptist Church Atrium (by the main doors). We’ll be giving away prizes, flyers, and magnets each day!
We look forward to seeing you. Can’t join us in Nashville? Watch the live webstream here.