Fall is here! Those of us with school-aged kids have already forgotten the lazy day of summer because we’re busy bustling kids to school, sports practices, youth group, appointments, etc. It can be easy to get into a busy routine that prioritizes homework over devotionals, or extra-curricular activities more than family time. God has blessed us with the gift of His children and my encouragement to you is to take a moment this weekend to slow down and enjoy the wonderful gift of children.
Many of you will have seen on our blog that we are partnering with Just Love Coffee to create our own AWAA hand-roasted, artisan blend of Ethiopian coffee. We named it 8:15 blend – the name referring to Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”. Just Love Coffee donates the proceeds to AWAA for every bag sold. Just Love Coffee is owned and run by an AWAA adoptive dad who has used his company to support many humanitarian projects in Ethiopia and other African countries. The coffee is conveniently shipped to your home or office – give it a try by signing up here.
If you’re at the Together For Adoption conference in Louisville, please stop by our agency’s booth for a free sample of our 8:15 blend coffee. We are proud to be participating in this conference, and our staff attending the conference report a great lineup of breakout sessions, speakers, and others to fellowship with and learn from.
Our agency is joining with the National Council For Adoption and many other advocacy groups and adoption agencies to help promote the Children in Families First (CHIFF) legislation currently before Congress. You can learn more about this legislation here. We are encouraging families to call their members of Congress and asking them to co-sponsor this legislation.
You may have already seen that we are partnering with Show Hope to help promote Steven Curtis Chapman’s new tour “The Glorious Unfolding”. Have you checked to see if they’re coming to your area? You can volunteer at our booth or just go and enjoy a great night of Christian music.
-Brian Luwis, CEO