Posts Tagged ‘adoption’

Join Back2Back at the annual Summit of the Orphan

February 15, 2010

Join Back2Back Ministries at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Eden Prarie, Minnesota April 29-30, 2010. The Summit is fast approaching! Like no other event nationwide, Summit has become the gathering point and training hub for Christians committed to adoption, foster care and global orphans.

Something for Everyone…Whether a newcomer to church orphan ministry or a veteran, Summit VI will help build vision, resources and practical know-how for effective ministries: Headline plenary speakers including John Piper, Tom Davis, Al Mohler, and other national leaders, as well as compelling voices from the global church. Music and personal sharing from Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, and special performances by Peder Eide and the Desparation Band.

– More than 50 workshops delivering nuts-and-bolts for adoption, foster care and global orphan programs – designed for both laymen and leadership.

– Orphan care resources for church ministries, as well as personal orphan care and adoption journeys.

– 5 Hague-credit breakout sessions.

– Networking with respected adoption, global orphan and foster care organizations


For more information, visit Christian Alliance for Orphans, Summit VI

For questions please email

We need your help sharing this opportunity with your church community and others that share a calling to care for orphans.


1. Put up this free poster in your church or ministry

2. Write a blog post or article for your church (or personal) website

3. Offer this bulletin insert to your church leadership

4. Share this email with a friend from another church

5. Personally invite 3 people to join you at Summit

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You Have Been Saved, by Shannon Kahrs, B2B Mission Trip Guest

July 23, 2009

It was the first day serving in Monterrey.  It was our second trip as a family to Back2Back Mexico, but it was our first time there since we adopted our five-year old daughter, Yanni, from China three years ago.

The entire family together at the beginning of our week in Monterrey

The entire family together at the beginning of our week in Monterrey

We worked on building projects at a children’s home. The orphanage basically consisted of three large rooms:  a kitchen/dining hall, a girls’ dorm and a boys’ dorm.   In the mid-afternoon, Yanni had to use the bathroom.  Knowing the conditions of the bathrooms, if I’m honest, my first thought was “Can’t she wait?”

I shooed away the flies and sat my daughter on the toilet. I wanted to tell her not to touch anything but I knew it was futile.  As I waited for her, I leaned against the wall praying that she would finish quickly.  My prayers weren’t answered, or so I thought.  Tired from working in the heat, I slid down the wall and slumped on the floor to wait, as she was taking a long time.  I tried to reassure Yanni that the flies wouldn’t hurt her. The other toilet was jammed and swarming with even more flies.  The sink was falling off the wall but did trickle water. There was a dirty bar of soap in the sink and not a towel in sight. From where I was sitting, I could see bunk beds and a few cribs all lined up.

As I watched Yanni’s little body on that huge toilet and the flies swirling about her, it hit me. This is where my daughter came from – we saved her from this life. No sooner had I had that thought when God whispered in my ear, “Daughter – this is what I saved YOU from.”  I spent the rest of that time saying “Gracias” over and over.  From that point on, I was no longer worried about the physical conditions just grateful.