photo (2)Guest post by CUMC staff member Laura Greenwell, Assistant to Executive Pastor Scott Lees

What happens when you get 2500 people representing 49 states and 30 countries, all who are passionate about Christ and his children? You have an incredible experience that you will never forget. This is how I feel about attending the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit last week. I am forever changed.

My life has been touched by adoption and foster care. We have three adopted children and were foster parents to six children.  It is a blessing and a challenge that requires much. I don’t have much, but what I do have is Jesus! He gives me strength and power and love, each and every day.

At the summit, we heard incredible speakers, had breakout sessions that were so informative, worshipped with great music, laughed and cried during testimonies like these:

  • a 19-year-old adoptee from Romania who played Amazing Grace on the guitar —  with his feet!  He was born without arms and in his country, birth defects were believed to be a curse. His family abandoned him, and he was adopted by a family in the United States;
  • Bishop from Possum Trot, Texas shared how he adopted two children and went on to advocate for local foster children in the area. As a result, more than 75 children were adopted into families. This is a tiny town!

What I learned is that God uses the most unlikely people to carry out His kingdom work. You do not have to be wealthy or wise. You have to be willing!  God can do incredible things through you. Will you step out in faith and answer his calling?  It doesn’t mean you have to adopt. There are a thousand ways that you can make a difference in the life of a child, both locally and internationally.

>>Learn more at www.cumcmemphis.org/orphancare.

 

 

Laura Greenwell

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