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13-16 MARCH 2019

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

We are excited to announce the Global Forum for a World Without Orphans 2019, which will take place 13-16 March 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.  This will be a strategic gathering for the global church in advancing efforts to end ‘orphanhood’ and to ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing families.

Registration and program information will be available in May 2018.

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choice sessions

In the preview of Choice (Breakout) Sessions below you will see these four types of sessions:

  • Shaping and Sharing (SHARE)
    The Shaping and Sharing sessions will bring different experts together in a specific topic area to share their experiences and ideas for building excellent programs and initiatives.  The experts will help participants consider how they might carry out the area/theme in their own country or sphere of influence.  These sessions will be moderated to generate dialogue between experts and participants.
     
  • Showcase (SHOWCASE)
    The Showcase Sessions will highlight excellent programs for orphan care.  Leaders in the showcase session will be experts who are highly knowledgeable in their program area, able to answer implementation questions and share what is needed in tasks, skills and strategies to replicate this program in one’s own country.
     
  • Strategizing (STRATEGIZING)
    The Strategizing sessions will bring together key leaders to develop strategies that create supportive environments for the growth of the World Without Orphans movement. These roundtable working sessions will lead to concrete plans for advancing the movement across the globe, country or region.
     
  • Skill Building – Certificate Courses (SKILL BUILDING)
    ​The Skill Building sessions are by invitation/acceptance only.  Applicants who attend these sessions will be given instructions on how to conduct a specific standardized training program in their own country.  Upon completion of the skill training, participants will have tools to take back to their country to share. Participants will receive:
    • Trainer Guide for the curriculum
    • Powerpoint Presentation 
    • Handouts for duplication
    • Certificate of Completion

Special Note:  In order to receive a certificate for the session, you must attend the entire presentation noted in the description of the session, as the Skill Building courses will build through multiple sessions.  Apply early to be accepted into these sessions as the number of participants is limited and cannot exceed 25 per Skill Building – Certificate Course.


 

Please "Expand All" or click on each program title for more information:

CHOICE SESSION 1 - Child

Friday – 11:30 – 13:00

  • STRATEGIZING A - Building God’s Kingdom - Board Room #1
    • Alan Charter, Menchit Wong, and Karmen Friesen God is raising his people around the globe with the vision to end orphanhood. We will explore strategies on how to strengthen the movement and engage with other movements and networks in the Body of Christ.
  • 1) Discipleship and Mentoring of Youth (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • George Ebenezer, Jess Curabo, and Craig Greenfield At a time such as this, one the most important needs of the hour is discipling and mentoring our children and teenagers. Discipleship of the spiritual formation and mentoring of the strategic skills sets. Why? Because what our children and teenagers are being exposed to everyday is beyond their maturity. So with maturity they are forced to make crucial choices and decisions. Only through intentional discipleship and mentoring can they make those choices and decisions in a Godly way.
  • 2) 1 for 50 - Global (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Sheryl Grunwald What if EVERY child in EVERY community had SOMEONE who could help them know and follow Jesus for a lifetime!? This is the dream of 1for50, a global training and networking initiative focused on equipping one leader for every 50 children all around the world. With activity in at least 100 nations, and new training partnerships being formed, together we seek to reach to the edges - to the children most vulnerable and/or least reached - with creative and relevant training for those seeking to serve "the least of these".
  • 3) Life Skills for Youth - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Mina Podgaiskaya and Galina Schaefer Parents, caregivers and ministry workers all have the opportunity to teach life skills to youth. This training of trainers will introduce you to the 9 part curriculum called ‘Life Skills for Youth’ which was designed to teach orphans and vulnerable children the skills they need for independent living. At this certificate course you will receive all the training modules (50 1 ½ hour lessons), as well as power points so you can design a training activity or program where you are working with vulnerable, exploited or orphaned youth. (two parts to this session)
  • 4) Building Trauma Informed Teams - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Lynn Johnston and Johanna Buchman You will receive training on the delivery of a three day training course that will raise awareness of how trauma impacts the brain. The session will also present strategies to work with youth who have been impacted by trauma. Persons completing this certificate class (three parts to this session) will be given a training certificate, curriculum for the three day course, power points and handouts. In addition, you will receive two additional courses: a three hour course for workers and a three hour course for caregivers.
  • 5) Media That Works for Ministry - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Norv Brown Clearly it is a challenge for the layperson to create powerful presentations when sharing about the orphan crisis. This is a skill building session that will help you understand how to develop a compelling story by using your cell phone, camera or ipad to capture a moment, and then put it together in a way that brings awareness to the needs of orphans. You must bring a camera and computer to this session in order to participate. You will receive a certificate and directions on how to use many different types of tools to enhance your presentations.
  • 6) Finding Families for Children - Why & How (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Mick Pease, Caitlin Lance, Narel Atkinson, and Alison Atkinson This session will serve as a help / guide to understanding why De-Institutionalisation is important and looking at Reintegration, Gatekeeping and Transitioning towards family Based Care in looking after orphaned and abandoned children.
  • 7) Legal Issues in Orphan Care (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • Brent McBurney, Tek Prasad Rijal, Anja Goertzen, Becky Weichhand, Megan Lestino and Stefi Micliuc One key to advancing and advocating for orphan care around the world requires legal expertise to overcome the many hurdles in our way. Come hear from legal professionals on the legal challenges that face those who minister to orphans and the successes and failures in overcoming those challenges in different settings. We will have some question and answer time following the panel conversation. Please bring any questions you have for further discussion.
  • 8) Care for Children – China and Thailand (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • Thomas Abbott and Robert Glover Globally recognized for excellence of service to vulnerable children, Care for Children has been in operation in China for 17 years and in Thailand for 3 years. Care for Children helps create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family-based care for disadvantaged children.
  • 9) Using the Best Evidence to Replace Violence with Love for a Billion Children: An Introduction to the Child Status Index and THRIVES (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Dr. Bev Nyberg - CSI, Dr. Susan Hillis - THRIVES The United Nations has issued a new global call-to-action: to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against children. This workshop will describe the implications of this ambitious goal: an urgent need for a new level of public-private-civil society-academic partnerships that implement programs based on the best available evidence. The workshop will then review examples of the best model programs that could be adapted in various settings using the acronym, 'THRIVES.' THRIVES represents a select group of complementary strategies that represent critical components for protecting all children, including those who are orphaned and vulnerable: Training and support for parents and caregivers; Helping children learn life skills and stay in school; Raising access to health and support services for children; Implementing and enforcing laws that protect children; Valuing social norms that protect children; Empowering families economically; and Sustaining safe environments. We will provide an overview of the strategies, and will link participants to web-based examples that describe implementation of the most effective programs that could be adapted to a variety of cultural settings. The seminar will also highlight the use of the Child Status Index as a case management tool for highly vulnerable children and youth and their families. Finally, the prioritization of these child protection strategies for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC, the World Bank, and the new UN Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will be highlighted.
  • 10) Kidsave - Remember the Older Kids! (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #3
    • Terry Baugh and Kecia Wherry Using weekend visits and school breaks to connect older kids to permanent families. Experiences from Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America US foster care and international adoption.
      Older children age 7-18 are often overlooked when it comes to matching children with families. Yet through family visits, preteens and teenagers can prove that adopting older kids has many advantages. Kidsave’s President Terry Baugh will share the key elements for operating a family visit program in your church or community. Learn how to safely give older children visits with families. Hear how to create safe, interactive events that enable children to meet with a connect with potential families safely. Learn about the different ways individuals, governments, NGOs, congregations and communities can advocate safely and effectively for individual older children. Family visits have worked around the world in a variety of cultures to help older children find permanent loving families, committed guardians and mentors. This spotlight will also address how advocates can help count the number of kids in orphanages worldwide using Kidsave’s new ICount mobile app.
      This Spotlight will be presented by Terry Baugh, Kidsave’s President and Co-Founder and Kecia Wherry, a Kidsave host family and adoptive mom.

CHOICE SESSION 2 - Child/Family

Friday – 14:30 – 16:30

  • STRATEGIZING B - Mobilizing the Church for the Vision - Board Room #1
    • Shiferaw Michael and Rebecca Nhep James 1:27 is a clear command for the church. As part of the movement, leaders will join together to identify strategies for mobilizing the church for a World Without Orphans.
  • 11) Institute for Human Services – Capacity Building Strategies to Promote Permanence in Families for 'Orphaned' Children - USA (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Nan Beeler, Judith Rycus, and Ruby Johnston Children who have been traumatized by maltreatment, abandonment, or orphanage placement need strong, permanent, loving families to heal from their traumatic experiences. However, the negative effects of trauma on children's development often interferes with their ability to forge strong family connections, and also affects the ability of parents to manage the challenges these children bring.
      This session will explain the importance of making "well-informed" decisions when planning for permanent families for 'orphaned' children. We will describe the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and prepare the right family for each child, to support and sustain that family as a permanent home, and to help families meet the special and often unique developmental challenges their children face. We will also describe the training and capacity-building resources available to child advocates from the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio, an organization that has spent 40 years building organizational and personal capacity to ensure happy and safe futures for the world's maltreated and abandoned children.
  • 12) Casa Viva – Costa Rica (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Phil Aspegren Casa Viva believes that family is the answer to children who have lost their family of origin. Casa Viva believes solutions need to resonate with hope – hope in a God who calls each child by name. The local church has the capacity to engage and be the solution for children in their communities. We do not have to build buildings; we need only create a way for the local church to engage. Local Christian families need to be encouraged to open their front doors and welcome children in the name of Christ.
  • 13) Life Skills for Youth - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Mina Podgaiskaya and Galina Schaefer Parents, caregivers and ministry workers all have the opportunity to teach life skills to youth. This training of trainers will introduce you to the 9 part curriculum called ‘Life Skills for Youth’ which was designed to teach orphans and vulnerable children the skills they need for independent living. At this certificate course you will receive all the training modules (50 1 ½ hour lessons), as well as power points so you can design a training activity or program where you are working with vulnerable, exploited or orphaned youth. (two parts to this session)
  • 14) Building Trauma Informed Teams - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Lynn Johnston and Johanna Buchman You will receive training on the delivery of a three day training course that will raise awareness of how trauma impacts the brain. The session will also present strategies to work with youth who have been impacted by trauma. Persons completing this certificate class (three parts to this session) will be given a training certificate, curriculum for the three day course, power points and handouts. In addition, you will receive two additional courses: a three hour course for workers and a three hour course for caregivers.
  • 15) Media That Works for Ministry - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Norv Brown Clearly it is a challenge for the layperson to create powerful presentations when sharing about the orphan crisis. This is a skill building session that will help you understand how to develop a compelling story by using your cell phone, camera or ipad to capture a moment, and then put it together in a way that brings awareness to the needs of orphans. You must bring a camera and computer to this session in order to participate. You will receive a certificate and directions on how to use many different types of tools to enhance your presentations.
  • 16) Alongsiders International – Asia & Africa (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Craig Greenfield Learn how Alongsiders equips young Christians (aged 16-30) in Non-Western nations to disciple vulnerable children and orphans. In this way we are seeing one generation transforming the next. Come see if this discipleship movement could be a blessing in your context.
  • 17) Roles of Business Persons in Orphan Care (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • David Melilli, Kingsley Kwayisi, Laura Doherty, Jerry Tucker, Steve Young, Ron Braund, and Jeffrey Street The World Without Orphans movement has provided us with a lofty goal. In order to accomplish our goal, we must efficiently utilize every resource available. We know that the local church is absolutely central and necessary to achieve our desired results. It is also easy to see and understand how the government and legal professionals are critical to the success of this movement. It might be less obvious but business leaders – both local and international – play a vital role in advancing and advocating for orphan care around the world. Come hear from business professionals on how they have leveraged and engaged business people in orphan care. We will share stories of success and explore areas of challenge. We cannot afford to miss or overlook the opportunity that business leaders provide in our communities. We will have some question and answer time following the panel conversation. Please bring any questions you have for further discussion.
  • 18) Discipling the Heart of a Child - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • George Ebenezer Teaching a child in the way he should go requires skills and direction. This is a training program that will train participants to train others in the area of discipleship of children. The focus will be on discipling youth who are vulnerable, exploited or orphaned. This session (a 2 part session) will provide you with a trainer guide, powerpoints and handouts.
  • 19) Key Principles for Transformational Training (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • Janna Moats, Lenneke VanVeen and Carol Boyd The adults caring for children are the key to the child’s well being - it takes time, money and effort to train parents and caregiving staff. We all want the time, money and effort put into training to result in not only new skills but changed priorities and thinking. We want teams that work well together and have shared values. This session will focus on the key principles needed in our training to accomplish those results.

CHOICE SESSION 3 - Family/Church

Saturday – 11:30 – 13:00

  • STRATEGIZING C - Communicating the Message of a World Without Orphans - Board Room #1
    • Steve Weber, Brittany DeVries and Alexander Evsyukov Taking the message to the nations is the call of many. We will work together to identify significant strategies to communicate this message in a clear and concise manner.
  • 21) Activating the Local Church in Orphan Care (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • David Hennessey, Daniel Kaggwa, Peter Dudnik , and Billance Chondwe Churches are stepping into the orphan crisis around the globe. Experts will share their experiences, challenges and ideas of how to continue moving forward and activating the local church.
  • 22) Home for Good - United Kingdom (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Phil Green, Alan Charter, and Krish Kandiah Launched in 2013, Home for Good raises awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encourages families to provide loving homes for children in care, and equips the Church to offer welcoming communities for them. Home for Good is dedicated to inspiring, equipping and coordinating a network of local movements, churches and individuals who are making this vision a reality. There are 4,000 children waiting for adoption and another 8,600 in need of foster families. Home for Good is seeking families to meet this challenge.
  • 23) CRANE – Children at Risk Network - Uganda (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Miriam Friday and Faith Kembabazi CRANE is a network of Christian organizations working with children at risk in Kampala, Uganda. The Network currently works with over 120 organizations that together, have over 2,804 staff and 63,846 volunteers caring for more than 50,000 children.
  • 24) Building Trauma Informed Teams - Part 3 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Lynn Johnston and Johanna Buchman You will receive training on the delivery of a three day training course that will raise awareness of how trauma impacts the brain. The session will also present strategies to work with youth who have been impacted by trauma. Persons completing this certificate class (three parts to this session) will be given a training certificate, curriculum for the three day course, power points and handouts. In addition, you will receive two additional courses: a three hour course for workers and a three hour course for caregivers.
  • 25) Media That Works for Ministry - Part 3 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Norv Brown Clearly it is a challenge for the layperson to create powerful presentations when sharing about the orphan crisis. This is a skill building session that will help you understand how to develop a compelling story by using your cell phone, camera or ipad to capture a moment, and then put it together in a way that brings awareness to the needs of orphans. You must bring a camera and computer to this session in order to participate. You will receive a certificate and directions on how to use many different types of tools to enhance your presentations.
  • 26) Recruiting, Preparing and Supporting Foster and Adoptive Parents (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • Nan Beeler, Mick Pease, Jane Arnott, Marek Wnuk, Pam Parish, and Suthasinee Naptunya Children in orphanages have often been traumatized by severe family problems, abandonment, maltreatment, and living in orphanages. They may have developmental delays, and emotional and behavioral problems that are challenging for even the most loving, committed foster and adoptive parents. Fostering and adopting these children is certainly an act of faith and love and requires specialized knowledge and parenting skills.
      This panel of experts will discuss the foster/adoption program components necessary to ensure the right people are selected, prepared and supported in parenting these vulnerable children. They will discuss challenges and implementation strategies; and there will be a question and answer period. The panel consists of experts who have implemented foster care and adoption programs in their own countries and internationally. Two of them are also foster/adoptive parents. Their discussion will help you think through how to implement strategies for finding and supporting foster and adoptive parents in your country.
  • 27) Keeping the Vertical Connection (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • Greg Haswell and Susan Hillis King David discovered that when the Lord was his shepherd, He restored his soul (Psalm 23:3) Under great pressure David could still truthfully declare that his soul found rest in God (Psalm 62:1) Jesus, who exactly represented God on earth, promised that under His yoke we will find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:29) This session will remind and equip leaders to engage with God in order to strengthen their inner beings. God does not intend for us to accomplish His calling without His empowering. He expects to be our source and knows that in our own strength we are limited. Therefore we are going to talk about how to avoid running on empty, how we strengthen ourselves in the Lord, and the key habits that empower transformation in this area. You are too busy not to come to this session.
  • 28) Discipling the Heart of a Child - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • George Ebenezer Teaching a child in the way he should go requires skills and direction. This is a training program that will train participants to train others in the area of discipleship of children. The focus will be on discipling youth who are vulnerable, exploited or orphaned. This session (a 2 part session) will provide you with a trainer guide, powerpoints and handouts.
  • 29) Attachment - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #3
    • Barbara Ruegger and Daria Bondarenko Orphans all have experienced loss and this skill building session will bring a training program for you to take back into your ministry to use with parents, caregivers, workers, and any person who is working with children who have suffered the loss of their families. You will receive a certificate (this is a two part session), trainer guide, powerpoints, and handouts.
  • 30) Bethany and ACE: Foster to Adopt Collaboration - Ethiopia and Zambia (SHOWCASE) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Cari Armbruster and Bill Blaquiere The session will discuss and describe a model for initiating a foster and foster to adopt model in countries where foster to adopt does not exist. It will define family foster care and why children need family foster care and have a right to receive this care.

CHOICE SESSION 4 - Church/Movement

Saturday – 14:00 – 15:45

  • STRATEGIZING D - Conducting a Forum in Your Own Country - Board Room #1
    • Ruby Johnston and Ruslan Maliuta While many want to carry forth the message of A World Without Orphans, developing a forum for this purpose is sometimes a challenge. We will look at the key elements needed to conduct a successful forum in your country, city or sphere of influence.
  • 31) Country Movements: Challenges and Strategies (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Stefi Micliuc, Billance Chondwe, Alex Sam, Ivan Ikliushin, Vadim Iashin, Roman Korniyko, Oleg Shelashskiy, George Abaidoo, Sukhen Biswas, and Rafael Afanador The World Without Orphan movement is growing around the globe. This session will focus on county leader stories of how their own regions or country has met the challenge and stepped into the movement with passion. You will leave inspired and full of new ideas.
  • 32) Developing Partnerships and Collaboration (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Brian Wilkinson, Alan Charter, Gordon Showell-Rogers, Lyall Hallick, and Tri Budiardjo Recognizing the importance of partnerships is not difficult, but understanding how to build those partnerships is critical. Strategic partnerships with other networks and organizations can be vital to the success of your organization’s goals and initiatives. Partnerships have the potential to concentrate the focus on a particular problem, create alliances among organizations and churches that might not normally work together, and keep the approach to issues consistent.
  • 33) Rehabilitation: Using Diagnostics to Create a Plan of Care for Children in Out-of-Home Care - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Marek Wnuk Children and youth who have been hurt from the impact of exploitation, separation and loss need special assistance in development. This session will prepare the trainer to help others in understanding the strategies and challenges of helping a child with their growth and development. (This is a two part session)
  • 34) Church and Government (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • Mykola Kuleba, Vivienne Ng, and Sarah Chhin For Government and the Church to work in unity as partners to build strong programs for children and families can be a challenging. However, there are experiences of others that will bring hope to the challenge. Experts will share their experiences and give solid advice and strategies which can make a difference in building church and government partnerships.
  • 35) Using Arts & Media in Advocacy (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • Karen Springs, Brittany DeVries, Jeff Rogers, Samuel Rich, and Mac Powell What is story and what are the stories in your nation waiting to be told? How can you use music, photography and film to tell the stories in your nation in order to advocate change for orphans? With media experts from various fields, this session will explore these questions and give practical ideas and examples about how to engage artists, how to use social media as a platform, and ultimately how to use the arts as a medium to create CHANGE for the fatherless!
  • 36) Changing Mindsets and Practice: ACC International Case Study - Australia (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Rebecca Nhep This session will explore ACCI’s approach to transitioning from institutional to non-institutional programs for children in their overseas aid and development programs, and the process of changing mindsets about residential care within the broader ACC movement.
  • 37) Self Care When Working With Traumatized Youth - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Kathy Hallick and Bev van Rensburg One of the primary challenges in working in orphan ministry is the issue of secondary traumatic stress and/or compassion fatigue. Trainers will be given a two-day curriculum (this is a two part session) that will help others manage the issues of self-care. The National Traumatic Stress Network from the United States says that one of the most neglected skills of workers who serve children is that of caring for self. You will receive a certificate, trainer guide, powerpoints and handouts.
  • 38) Wraparound Services for Church Orphan Care from the Perspective of Foster/Adoptive Parents (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • David Hennessey and Pam Parish The church can make a difference – although not everyone is called to adopt or foster a child, everyone can do something. The church highlighted in this session has paved the way and demonstrates that every church and every believer can do something in answer to the scripture in James 1:27.
  • 39) Attachment - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #3
    • Barbara Ruegger and Daria Bondarenko Orphans all have experienced loss and this skill building session will bring a training program for you to take back into your ministry to use with parents, caregivers, workers, and any person who is working with children who have suffered the loss of their families. You will receive a certificate (this is a two part session), trainer guide, powerpoints, and handouts.
  • 40) Keeping Families Together - Thailand (SHOWCASE) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • Songkran Mapaisansin, Pastor  Passorn Sriprayournpisarn, Mr. Permpoon Lappunya, Mrs. Jurarat Lappunya, and Kimberly Quinley Do you want to see orphaned and vulnerable children become part of a loving sustainable family that has been empowered and stregthened through the local church in their community? Come to this session and learn how to mobilize the local church and community to strengthen families through holistic development training, income generation assistance, educational opportunities, psychosocial support, healthcare and spiritual transformation.

CHOICE SESSION 5 - Movement/God

Sunday – 11:30 – 13:00

  • STRATEGIZING E - The Child and the Discipling Family - Turning to the Family as Key Partner - Board Room #1
    • Matthew Ling The church needs to partner with the family to be successful in orphan ministry. In this session we will explore strategies on how to maximize effectiveness in the church and parent partnership. This will include the roles of the church and the home and the culture change process involved.
  • 41) Country Movements: Challenges and Strategies (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Stefi Micliuc, Billance Chondwe, Alex Sam, Ivan Ikliushin, Vadim Iashin, Roman Korniyko, Oleg Shelashskiy, George Abaidoo, Sukhen Biswas, and Rafael Afanador The World Without Orphan movement is growing around the globe. This session will focus on county leader stories of how their own regions or country has met the challenge and stepped into the movement with passion. You will leave inspired and full of new ideas.
  • 42) The Heart of the Father for the Fatherless (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • Steve Weber, David Hennessey, and Lynn Johnston A father of the fatherless. In a literal sense, so as to show mercy to them, take care of them, and protect them; and this is a character which the great God often assumes, partly to express His power and providence over such, and partly to signify His tenderness, mercy, and goodness to them; and in which He should be imitated by by all good men: for it was not only a law in Israel to show regard to such, and take care not to afflict them, but it is also a branch of pure undefiled Christian religion, James 1:27, in attending to which we resemble the great Author. (Gill’s Exposition)
  • 43) Rehabilitation: Using Diagnostics to Create a Plan of Care for Children in Out-of-Home Care - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Marek Wnuk Children and youth who have been hurt from the impact of exploitation, separation and loss need special assistance in development. This session will prepare the trainer to help others in understanding the strategies and challenges of helping a child with their growth and development. (This is a two part session)
  • 44) Volunteering that Works: Reasons why we’re talking about shifting missions away from residential care settings (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Sarah Gesiriech, Anna McKeon, and Rebecca Smith There is a global, cross-sector movement to address some of the problems caused by missions team and volunteers working with vulnerable children in residential care centres. The panellists will share their experience on this topic and discuss how the funds and practical assistance provided by churches, missions teams and volunteers, despite good intentions, can inadvertently fuel the separation of children from their families. In addition, they will address the harm that can be caused to children due through disrupted attachment and an increased risk of abuse. Panellists will also discuss the work underway to make steps towards positive change and to increase understanding and best practice in child protection for missions and volunteering in general.
  • 45) International Leadership and Development Center – Ukraine (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Daria Bondarenko Sending an individual out to serve orphans without knowledge and training can be a violation to the very children and families we hope to help. ILDC has developed a comprehensive format in Ukraine to see that capacity building trainings are available to churches, NGO’s and government agencies working with children. ILDC has developed a comprehensive way of serving in Ukraine that builds a best practice knowledge base within the country to give those working with churches, NGO’s and government a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to work with.
  • 46) Orphan Sunday: The Key that Unlocks Hearts for the Orphan (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Gary Schneider, Malen Papadopoulos, Madan Shah, Sara Vargas, Julio Sagastume Since 2002, Orphan Sunday has been instrumental in leading thousands of individuals and churches around the world to pray for and serve orphans. From its humble beginnings in a small church in Zambia, Orphan Sunday is now observed through tens of thousands events in 75 nations on six continents. Each year on the second Sunday in November, Christians around the world come together on one day with one voice and one purpose – to call the Body of Christ to care for the orphan. Hear from veteran coordinators of this impactful event that you can bring to your congregation, region or nation to spur hearts to join the movement!
  • 47) Self Care When Working With Traumatized Youth - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Kathy Hallick and Bev van Rensburg One of the primary challenges in working in orphan ministry is the issue of secondary traumatic stress and/or compassion fatigue. Trainers will be given a two-day curriculum (this is a two part session) that will help others manage the issues of self-care. The National Traumatic Stress Network from the United States says that one of the most neglected skills of workers who serve children is that of caring for self. You will receive a certificate, trainer guide, powerpoints and handouts.
  • 48) A City Without Orphans (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • Brian Wilkinson An exploration into what a city wide response might look like, if we were really to target a city without orphans.
  • 49) "A World Without Orphans" - Documentary Screening & Expert Panel (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • Brittany DeVries, Jedd Medefind, Daniel Kaggwa, Sarah Chhin & George Ebenezer What is the role of the Global Church in creating a world without orphans? How can we accomplish this lofty goal while holding to best practice and the latest research? Watch the short documentary A World Without Orphans, and join in the discussion moderated by Producer Brittany DeVries with expert panelists. In this session you will also learn how to use screenings of WWO to engage your local churches and as a fundraiser tool for your ministry. Attendees will receive the English transcription of WWO to translate into their native language.
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