The world of orphan care is a vast one, made up of all kinds of folks. I'd venture a guess that if you're the slightest bit interested in my family's story, you are involved in orphan care in some way.
- praying for/following/interested in the journey of a friend who is adopting or fostering,
- serving as a foster care family,
- in any arm of social work,
- helping birth families whose children are involved in foster care,
- interested in the most wise use of short term missions as they relate to orphan care,
- teaching in a school with children who are adopted or in foster care,
- learning about ways to support orphans without being called to adopt or foster,
- pursuing or considering international adoption,
- have your own personal kids attending a school or extracurricular activity in which there are children who are adopted or in foster care,
- pursuing or considering domestic adoption,
- studying and teaching what God's Word says about orphans,
- seeking to establish a strategic support system in your church for adoptive and foster families, or
- investing in developing nations with high concentrations of orphans through short term missions and self-sustainability projects for third-world communities?
Everybody fits into one of those categories!
There are people involved in orphan care who spend their time visiting/working, and then home to speak out on behalf of those vulnerable children in the world who have no one.
There are those who read the blogs or Facebook statuses of other adoptive and foster families, and both rejoice in the triumphs as much as they weep in the hard valleys of those who are adopting or fostering.
This March, every single one of those pieces of the orphan care puzzle will meld at Altar 84's second Know More Orphans conference. Designed with literally everyone in mind, KMO 2014 will include some of the truly great thinkers of the orphan care movement: David Platt, Rick Morton, Russell Moore, Tony Merida, Michael Monroe, and Maridel Sandberg, to name just a few!
With the incredibly talented Mandi Mapes Kottas as worship leader for the event, KMO 2014 is an excellent step to learning more about the many facets of orphan care. Here is a wee little peek at the breakout session topics, from a rather extensive and impressive list:
- The Haiti Collective
Trust-Based Parenting: Creating Lasting Change in Your Child’s Behavior
Preaching, Teaching, and Orphan Care: Strengthening pastors and church leaders in casting vision for widow and orphan care through the preaching and teaching of the local church
Organizing Local Churches: Ministering to kids in Government Care or Creating Supportive Environments for Foster/Adoptive Parents in the Church
Big Impact, Simple Idea: Adoption Assistance Fund
Nurturing the Whole Child: Healing the Heart while Correcting the Behavior
What They Need to Us to Understand: The Heart of an Adult Adoptee
Practical Ways to Love and Serve Birthmothers
Creating Businesses that Sustain Orphans
Slavery and Sex Trafficking: Real Issues and Real Solutions
Developing Sustainable Models of Indigenous Adoption
This amazing conference isn't just for people who adopt and it isn't just for people who foster. KMO is for anyone who is eager to fill God's directive that we care for these vulnerable children...the many millions of them worldwide for whom fostering or adopting is not the answer.
What can you do? Come to KMO and find out!
This event will be like none other, and my, how terrific that it will take place right here in Birmingham! There will be people traveling from all over the Southeast to attend.The details are below, and I hope you'll mark your calendar for it.
What I really hope you'll do is complete the Rafflecopter giveaway entries below to register for your chance to win a free ticket to KMO 2014! Just tell me which speaker or session mentioned above sounds most interesting to you OR what you'd like to see at a conference such as this. There are a few other simply entry options, too. Easy peasy.
The KMO giveaway runs through this Friday, January 17th at 11:59PM. Winner will be generated with Rafflecopter's randomizer and announced on Saturday, January 18th right here at A Southern Ruckus. Good luck to all, and be sure to spread the word about KMO 2014 by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, and all your other social media outlets.
Date: March 7th and 8th
Location: The Church at Brook Hills