Kate says . . .
We have shared bits and pieces of our adoption story here at OFM. For those of you who don’t know, we have an adopted son from Ethiopia. He has been an incredible light and blessing in our lives. Through our adoption as with all of our parenting, there have been mountaintop joys and deep valley lows. In the times of frustration and tears it can be very isolating. It is vital that we ask for Jesus to guide us and give us all we need to raise our children. It is also good to at times, surround ourselves with others who have been through of have gone through what we are going through, to encourage, search God’s word and pray together. We have been so blessed to share our adoption and marriage story at a couple of phenomenal adoption conferences (listed below). If you are in the process of adopting/fostering or have already, be sure to check out these amazing resources and consider joining there conferences. For all you local Lancaster, PA folks, two are close by.
Hope at Home – For adoptive/foster parents
“Hope at Home 2013″ adoptive/foster parenting conference will be a time of refreshing as we encounter the Father’s heart towards adoptive families. It is going beyond a traditional conference to equip and restore parents as they face the exciting and often challenging role of partnering with God to transform orphans into Sons and Daughters. (Retreat near Atlanta, Georgia)
Through weekend retreats we hope to bring rest, encouragement and training to equip & care for moms with hearts for adoption. (Retreat near Atlanta, Georgia)
Together Called is an opportunity to come together, a place for husbands and wives to be encouraged as they live this out, a place for us to learn and fellowship together as a community.
Join us February 21nd-23rd, 2014 at the Inn at Leola Village in Lancaster County, PA to hear from Stephen and Beth Templeton (founders of Hope at Home), faithful servants and parents of 7 children. Be prepared to see things in a new way or be reminded of truths we know as we seek together how adoption can restore our first love. (Retreat near Lancaster, PA)
Joy for the Journey – For adoptive moms
We are called to help adoptive and pre-adoptive moms better minister to their families through our annual retreats. We offer prayer support and practical resources throughout the year. Our events are marked by cutting edge speakers and resources on topics that Christian mothers need: they all reflect the various kinds of adoption including international, foster-to-adopt, transracial, special needs and domestic adoptions. At our retreats, you will be surrounded by others who “get it.” Come to one of our Joy for the Journey Retreats and be inspired, enlightened and encouraged. (Retreat near Baltimore, Maryland)
If you have any questions about any of the conferences please comment or email us. We hope you will check them out!