This was a great start to, what we hope will be an on-going event. A year ago August, Heather and I sat at the Panera Bread by the Dayton Mall and started dreaming about what could be. We thank God for His direction and for what happened today.
Here are the conference highlights in pictures:
|Heather Forbes, author of Beyond Consequences, |
Logic and Control was the keynote.
|It was so exciting to see the gymnasium fill up!|
|Pastor Ken and Jackie Day and the praise band from |
Dayspring Ministries provided the music.
|David and Phillip Bench conducted a workshop just for dads.|
We heard so many good things about it!
|Pastors and laymen gather to talk about orphan care ministry.|
|Heather speaks to the moms.|
|Dr. Wendy Flowers discusses a child's developmental issues.|
|Ruby Johnston, from LAMb, talks about parental expectations.|
|Betsy Smalley shares on parental self-care.|
|Our creative trio from the Shelter Community Church|
manned the support group table and helped wherever they could.
|Randy and Kim Gebele, representing LAMb International |
had many opportunities to share about the ministry.
What now? We will step into the next planning stage for the development of faith-based adoption support groups in this area and hope to support churches in this area who want to start adoption or foster care ministries.
Watch for news on the date for 2012!