Our staff is back from a great week at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit 10! Chicago was cold and rainy, but warmth abounded through Willow Creek Community Church and in the hearts of every person attending the conference. You cannot help but to be inspired and motivated to take an active role in orphan care after visiting with over 90 exhibitors and hearing the unique story and perpective of speakers and orphan care experts.
One of the highlights for us this year was getting to provide the coffee to the 2,700 people who attended the summit. We partner with Just Love Coffee, who gives a portion of their profits to America World to support our adoption and orphan care ministry, while we promote the sale of their coffee to raise funds to cover family's adoption costs. Click the photo to puchase our custom 8:15 blend!
After deeming our test batch a bit too strong, we varied the ratio of grounds and soon were pumping out approximately 80 gallons a day, ready early in the morning to keep everyone wide awake and energized for the morning worship and speakers to follow.
We also loved interacting with the people who stopped by our booth. It was a pleasure to meet many adoptive families! Here are just a few pictures we took in our photo booth:
Summit is a great opportunity to network with other adoptive families and professionals. For our staff, it's nice to see the same people from other organizations year after year, and learn what others are doing in the field of orphan advocacy. Summit is truly an inspiring and refreshing event that we encourage you to attend if it comes to your area!
We were excited to sell some awesome t-shirts at the event, which will also be available on our estore. Currently, one style is available and we will be adding more soon! Look for an announcement of this launch in the near future.