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  • Ellen
  • Ellen
  • Director of Project Management, proud mom of an impish preschooler, grew up in Papua New Guinea.


Summit VIII starts today

Summit VIII starts today!

Representatives from Forgotten Voices International and organizations from across the country and the world are gathered today at Saddleback Church in southern California for a 2-day conference  on adoption, foster care and global initiatives to care for orphaned children.

If you’re at Summit this week, be sure to visit our booth, meet Kathy and learn more about supporting and joining the ministry of Forgotten Voices! Be sure to ask about resources for churches and families to connect with Forgotten Voices and check out her session on engaging volunteers in ministry.

If you’re not at Summit (which is most of you), don’t feel left out!

For the first time ever, Summit’s plenary sessions and certain other special features will be webstreamed live May 3-4!

CLICK BELOW for webcast schedule and to WATCH LIVE.

Admittedly, there’d be no way to capture the full in-person experience online.  But the webstream will still provide a meaningful window for friends and other advocates into some of the rich content of Summit VIII. You may also want to invite your pastor and church staff to join the online webstream for the pastors track workshops on Friday, May 4, with Rick Warren, Dr. Russell Moore and Alex Kennedy.

While I’m not at the Summit conference this year, I’ve attended in the past and know it to be a wonderfully encouraging event with many opportunities to network and strive forward together in the cause of orphan care. And while I support the event in prayer from Central PA and follow portions of it online, I’m reminded that all of us in this community are here because we share our Heavenly Father’s heart for children. Children like Andile. She and her brother are being supported by the Entumbane Presbyterian Church, one of our partners in Zimbabwe. Andile is in Form Four (grade 11/12). After losing their parents, these two siblings moved in with an uncle who is still quite young himself and struggles to now shoulder the new role of “parent” to his neice and nephew. The church asks that we pray for these two, that they may know God’s leading in their lives.

Join me today in praying for Summit, and for all the kids around the world who weigh heavily on the hearts of those in attendance.


Ellen Shaffer, Director of Project Management


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