Hope for Orphans Institute

Do you know a family considering adoption or a family struggling since adopting?

Are you interested in learning the latest on how to best serve the increasing number of families adopting special needs or at-risk kids?

Would you like help on how to best prepare for and help manage a possible disruption?

There are many resources available to help families navigate through the adoption process, but there have been fewer resources available to families once they bring a child home, and the real journey begins! You will not want to miss this conference on special needs & at-risk adoptions, adoption disruption, and pre/post adoption support for families and children.

Join Hope for Orphans on September 16th & 17th, as they host some of the leading experts in post-adoption issues at The Hope Center in Plano, TX.  For more information & to register go to: www.hfoinstitute.org

Abba Fund + Noonday Collection Equals a Fashionable Mission

Noonday Collection launched at 2010’s Together for Adoption Conference alongside the Abba Fund, where 10% of funds were donated to the Abba Fund.  Noonday Collection started as a fundraiser for the founder’s Rwandan adoption, but the mission of Noonday goes even further. Every item sold by Noonday Collection is fair trade and helps to create a pathway out of poverty for the person, family, and community behind the purchase. The company has purchased over $35,000 of product from artisans in only 7 months, enabling those artisans to produce and sell more items, put their kids in school, and even buy commodities for their families like chickens.   They have also given around $5,000 directly to adoptive families to help them raise money for their own adoptions.

“Some days I feel crazy that I started a business to raise money for our adoption. Couldn’t we have done a silent auction or something? But knowing that we can empower so many along the way, both here and in the countries where others are adopting from, has been one my greatest joys. And fashion is such a fun bridge for gospel sharing!” says Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection.  Noonday is now on the look for Ambassadors. These ambassadors buy into the company and receive a sample box, their own website, and free training. In return,  Ambassadors receive a 20% commission for every sale they make.

Are you informed, fashionable, motivated and fun loving? Then becoming a Noonday Collection Ambassador might be a good fit for you. Enough money came in from Noonday Collection sales in three months to cover the Honeggers’  adoption expenses. “Women respond to fashion, shopping with a conscious, and orphan care. We would love other adoptive families to get their adoption expenses covered while providing artisans in resource poor countries with economic opportunities,” says Jessica.  For more information, please email info@noondaycollection.com. 

Mars Hill Church in Bellevue, WA. is just one of the churches that has recently set up an adoption fund. The following is just one story of a family at Mars Hill and how they’ve benefited from the fund.

Babies often come from “fireworks”, but this time it wasn’t a metaphor.

In our recent sermon on Luke 10 Pastor Mark talked about an incredible story of adoption and how God is a loving Father who adopts us into his family. It made me think about another one of our amazing families in Mars Hill who share this amazing heart.
Andrew and Amber Weiseth raised money they needed for adoption by operating two fireworks stands, one in Lake Stevens and one in Black Diamond. They asked their community group to help and raised $6,000.00, helping them to bring Levi – an infant from Ethiopia – home in July 2009. “God completely opened our eyes to this calling,” Amber shared. “We always dismissed verses on orphans, thinking someone else with more time and money should be adopting, not us. God put adoption on our hearts and we knew that we were called to obey Him in this.”

Josh and Sarah, the Weiseths’ Community Group leaders, felt compelled to start a fund for adoption through The ABBA Fund. The ABBA Fund offers interest-free loans for families to help finance adoption. They cast vision to their Lynnwood Community Group, asking them to get involved raising money to put in the fund. After helping the Weiseths with their fireworks stand two years ago, they recognized a good way to raise a lot of money in a short period of time. They approached Mars Hill Shoreline’s micro-mission fund and asked them to match what they raised, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

Partnering with TNT Fireworks and setting up a stand in Lynnwood, people in the Community Group worked for three days shifts – selling fireworks, running the cash register, setting up, tearing down, and watching the kids. They raised approximately $5,500.00 worth of fireworks and with the matching grant, the Mars Hill ABBA fund will have about $11,000.00 available for families to borrow.

Andrew and Amber also operated another fireworks stand this summer and raised $4,500.00 to help with the expenses they need to bring home their daughter from Ghana in the near future.

This is just the beginning of what Josh, Sarah, Andrew and Amber hope to see happen. They have dreams of many more fundraisers, and hope that many Mars Hill families will have a heart for adoption and benefit from the ABBA Fund. Your ideas, help and hands are welcome to help fulfill this vision.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

by Lisa Stucky

O Canada!

We are really excited to share with you the “End the Wait” tour that will be happening this spring throughout Canada.  This one night event will be a time of awareness and education on how individuals and churches can advocate for the more than 30,000 Canadian children who are waiting for their forever family.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How to adopt
  • The facts on Canada’s waiting children
  • What it’s like to be an adoptive family
  • How to support adoptive families in practical ways
  • How churches can start their own adoption ministry

Each one-night event will be followed by a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman (additional ticket purchase).

If you are living in Canada or have friends that do please help spread the word!  Information on locations & registration can be found on the End the Wait website

*End the Wait is an initiative of Focus on the Family Canada.