It's my privilege to extend an invitation for you to join us for our Wait No More®: Finding Families for Washington's Waiting Kids conference presented in conjunction with local adoption leaders on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in Redmond, WA.
As you may know, we recently launched our Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative™ in an effort to raise awareness throughout the Overlake Christian Church regarding the plight of orphans, with particular emphasis on legal orphans right here in the U.S. foster care system.
In Washington alone, more than 1,000 children and youth are waiting in the foster care system for adoptive families. Thankfully, with over 5,000 churches in Washington, there is every reason to hope that we can make a difference in the lives of these lonely children. Consider the impact if families throughout the state's congregations welcomed these waiting children in foster care into their hearts and homes: We could see no children in foster care awaiting adoption! Such a goal is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help bring it to fruition.
This gathering will provide detailed information regarding the adoption process via the foster care system. Additionally, those present will be given an opportunity to ask questions and to become acquainted with the faces and stories of some of the children waiting in Washington's foster care system who long for a family to call their own.
This is a free event, but we do ask that you take a few minutes to register. All participants who register in advance will be provided with a selection of complimentary resources.
In James 1:27 we're told, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans ... in their distress ... " With that exhortation in mind, we urge you to join this informative and ground-breaking conference.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Again, please take a moment to register. Meanwhile, we would covet your prayers for this vital undertaking on behalf of Washington's waiting kids. May God's blessings remain upon you and your loved ones in the days ahead.