Time for an update! ABBA Fund and LegacyChild were represented at the AACC World Conference in Nashville, September 16-19 (we are planning to be at the 2010 conference in Branson, MO). Wes Culver came down from Goshen, IN to help man the booth. Wes and his wife had the vision for LegacyChild and helped ABBA Fund get the memorial funds started in 2006 in memory of their son Chad. He is a realtor and also a member of the Indiana House. It was great to spend time with him and to also meet folks from all over the world!
The next weekend I spent in Dallas and Tyler, TX. I was able to have dinner with Frank Garrot and Scott Brown from Gladney and Dr. Karyn Purvis also stopped in! Dr. Purvis wrote "The Connected Child", a great resource for all parents and for anyone working with children (that covers most everyone...) - Other great adoption and orphan care resource books that Jason Kovacs posted last week!
I was in Franklin, TN October 2-3 with ABBA Fund at the Together For Adoption Conference. I was able to meet lots of new adoption and orphan care folks and spend time with Brad Davidson, The Coleys and some of the Show Hope crowd. Dr. Russell Moore, author of Adopted For Life, closed out the conference! What a powerful message (listen here) and testimony he has!
The last few weeks have been busy at the ABBA Fund office and now the new ABBA's Family Thrift Store that we are opening in King, NC. I'm in London, on my way to Oradea, Romania as I'm typing this. I'm traveling with Gordon Finley from North Carolina. Gordon started Bethesda Ministries in 1983 and ran a school for special needs children in Winston-Salem, NC for over 25 years before retiring last year. He also started a school 10 years ago in Oradea for special needs orphans. We will visit there tomorrow and also visit other orphan care ministries and church leaders before heading home early Tuesday morning. This is my first time to Eastern Europe and I have me eyes and heart wide open to what God would have me take away from this trip.
Please check out Jason's ABBA Fund blog! He has some great posts recently - not as if that is unusual... OK, time to check the flight status. More updates soon!