Fearless Adopted Conference
Join Jen Hatmaker, Dr. Barbara Sorrels, Dr. Alex Himaya, and the ADOPT(ED) Ministry on March 2, 2013 from 8am – 3:30 pm to Explore fears associated with foster care and adoption; Connect with other families, experience opportunities to care for vulnerable children, and ultimately celebrate God’s faithfulness. Whether you are a current adoptive or foster family or are now considering your role in caring for orphans and vulnerable children, you will not want to miss this amazing day.
As life headed decidedly down the path of Justice and Mission, it became clear in early 2010 that we were called into adoption. From Ethiopia. Two kids. Straight up. We filled out every form ever created in the history of the earth to bring home our seven-year-old son (Ben) and our five-year-old daughter (Remy). With five kids, all dinner invitations have ended and gas mileage is coming to ruin with a vehicle big enough to cart around this tribe. (Sorry, earth. At least the suburban runs on Flex Fuel.)
If my goal at one time was to be a Bible teacher making an impact through communication, now it is to simply be a Christ-follower making an impact through radical obedience. So if this whole speaking and writing thing went away tomorrow in lieu of some new task, I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed. In the meantime, the writing and teaching will continue until God gives us our next crazy assignment.
Dr. Barbara Sorrels
Dr. Barbara Sorrels is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education, a consulting firm that provides professional development, training and consulting to state agencies, school districts, churches and parents. She has worked with children in a variety of capacities for over 25 years as a teacher, childcare provider, children’s pastor and program administrator. She served as a professor of early childhood education at Oklahoma State University.
Barbara has a heart for children from hard places and combines a unique blend of science, scripture and an in-depth understanding of child development to give knowledge, insight and hope to those who live and work with children impacted by trauma. She holds a doctorate in early childhood education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in Christian education from Southwestern Seminary and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. She has been trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention through Texas Christian University.
Dr. Alex Himaya
Dr. Alex Himaya is the founding and Senior Pastor of theCHURCH.at, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is one of the fastest growing churches in America. It has grown from 120 to over 5,500 in attendance in eight years of existence.
Under the leadership and vision of Alex, theCHURCH.at has grown to be a church where orphan care is simply a part of the DNA. Alex and Meredith are, themselves, adoptive parents of a precious girl from Ethiopia. They are and will always be passionate advocates for orphan care.
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