"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- James 1:27
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Connecting, equipping and mobilizing the Church in Canada to care for the orphan through adoption and foster care.
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We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to an exciting new ministry in Canada. Forever Families Canada had their official launch at the Together For Adoption Conference in May. We are very excited about this new ministry, as we know the leadership personally and we have been so impressed with their hearts and motivation to see more kids find permanent loving homes. We are amazed what they have accomplished already and very excited about what the future holds. They will help bring unity to the adoption/foster movement in Canada and they will provide a great support network to adoptive/foster families.
Here is their vision from their website: Forever Families of Canada exists to facilitate greater capacity in the Canadian Church to effectively care for waiting children through national networking, education, and local leadership development. Forever Families of Canada envisions a thriving Canadian Church that is connected, equipped and mobilized in effective local and global action for waiting children.
Forever Families refers to the broader sense of child permanency in families, whether that be through adoption, fostering towards a permanency plan or family preservation. We believe that children belong in families, and that God calls the Church to be inclusive just as our Heavenly Father has brought us into His forever family.
If you have a heart to see children in families, you want support in starting something in your area, you currently have a ministry or you just want to connect and see how they can support you, we encourage you to stop by their website and see what they're up to. And please pray for them as they start something new and much needed in Canada!
Hey everyone, there's still time to join us this weekend for Together For Adoption! The 3rd annual Canadian conference is coming to Maple Ridge BC, May 22-23, 2015. Together For Adoption Canada is a national conference that exists to build a community of foster and adoptive families in Canada and to encourage and equip those families to follow this sacred calling to care for vulnerable children. We aim to inspire, educate, equip and celebrate families, churches and agencies to serve the needs of waiting children and those who care for them.
We hope you have already registered and will be joining us, but if not, we want to invite you. It's not too late to register. If you are not able to join us, we hope that you will join us in prayer for this powerful time together and the many children who, we hope, will find forever families in the years to come through what God will do here.
Here is a little taste of what to expect at the conference: Main speakers include:
Pastor Mark Clark (Village Church, Surrey BC)Dr. Sharen Ford (Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs CO)David Hennessey (Global CAFO)
Breakout topics include:
Adoption basicsAdult attachmentOpen adoption as a ministry to birth familiesHelping church staff and volunteers become trauma-informedSpiritual warfare in adoptionSpecial needs adoptionsPreparing siblings for the new additionReady, set, go... practical ways to engage your church so it’s not simply “your thing"Effective counselling approaches for adoptive familiesSustaining and supporting adoptive familiesPanel: What I wish I had known about adoption before I adoptedFoster care 101Global Orphan Care Movement: What is happening and what are best practices?Connecting while correcting: Disciplining with relationship in mindFundraising for adoptions
There are also 2 pre-conference options to choose from:
1) “Parents: taking good care of yourselves while fostering/adopting” Dr. Jon Bergeron (Hope for Orphans)
2) Collaborate Canada: Leadership Forum Beginning with dinner Thursday, May 21 5:30pm-8:30pm Please visit the conference website for more info and to register: www.t4acanada.comWe hope you can join us!
The website for the Together For Adoption Conference has been updated with detailed seminar information. There are lots of topics to choose from. There's something for everyone!
Also, early bird rate of $69 ends on Tuesday, March 31st, don't miss it!
Click here to see the breakout seminar details.
Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture.
The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die.
It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society.
But it’s also a story of hope. And a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love.
It’s coming March 4-5 to theatres across Canada. Get your tickets now! You can buy tickets and view the trailer here.
Registration for Together For Adoption Canada Conference 2015 has officially opened! The website is up and has all of the info on speakers, breakouts and more. There is a wide variety of options to choose from and two pre-conference sessions that we are really excited about. Visit www.t4acanada.com for all of the details and registration info.
We are so excited as the adoption/fostering movement across Canada picks up steam and we prepare for what God will do!
Next weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 1) there's an exciting opportunity to see what God is doing around the world at Missions Fest Vancouver. Come and meet people from all over the world, listen to speakers and see how God is moving all over the world with every people group you can imagine! It's a great way to learn and be inspired or help your children see a world in need beyond their own backyard.
But if you need further motivation to come down to Missions Fest, we'll be there! Yes, ABBA Canada will be there the whole weekend at booth B10. We'd love to meet you in person, hear your story and chat about what God is doing in Canada and around the world in adoption/foster care. We will also be speaking at a seminar from 3:00-4:00pm on Friday, Jan. 30 in room 19 (VCC). Click here for more info
We always leave this weekend tired, but very inspired and excited for what God will do in the upcoming year! We'd love for you to join us, hope to see you there!