I attended and helped greet at an adoption conference this weekend with Olivia.
There were three main sessions and a panel:
- Kristin Wong spoke on God’s heart for adoption from Ephesians 1
- Julie Kouri presented myths to adoption and highlighted the basic adoption process
- Jason Kovacs shared some insight on funding for adoption through organizations like the Abba Fund.
- The panel consisted of a number of families who had adopted, including a family and a birth mother who had an open adoption.
Here is a link to Jason Kovacs’ recap of the conference.
I’ve definitely wrestled for awhile about adoption, but God finally brought me to a place of peace and excitement aboutthe potential of pursuing His heart in this way. Pray for us as we consider pursuing adoption as a family, and that God would make clear His timing for us.
Additionally, it has been a blessing to see the Lord use Olivia to lay a great foundation for foster and adoption ministry at The Austin Stone. I pray that God will use us as a church to change the face of Austin and the world through adoption.