I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer before school gets under way again. I know there are many things going on in your life, but I want to mention our program that helps orphaned children have the opportunity for more than going to school â€“ it gives these orphans an opportunity for a permanent family. If you have not heard about it, itâ€™s called the Orphanâ€™s Ticket Home Campaign. This is our agencyâ€™s way of raising money to fund many of the projects weâ€™ve taken on to seek permanent families for orphans around the world. We have a year-end goal of reaching $250,000 for our fundraising and, eight months into the year, we are far from reaching this goal. I would encourage you to contact our Director of Development, Jason West, if you have any questions or want to learn more about ways you can be involved in our agencyâ€™s projects.
Next week I am traveling to Ethiopia to participate in meetings focusing on African adoption. Iâ€™ve been asked to speak to a group of organizations that USAID is putting together and I will also be meeting with other agencies and orphan care organizations. While Iâ€™m there, Iâ€™ll of course be meeting with our staff and visiting the America World transition homes.
I know many families in our Rwanda Program are concerned about how some of the recent changes will affect their familyâ€™s adoption timeline. We are working to help families learn more about what the timeframe will be. Weâ€™re also praying for families and trusting that the LORDâ€™s providence and plans are perfect.
I want to mention that there are still a lot of children in our China Waiting Child program that I hope families are considering. In particular this week our staff has discussed the children with the special need of certain heart conditions; often families are intimidated by such special needs â€“ but we hope that families will pray about this, learn more about the conditions and consider if adopting a child with such a special need is what God has in store for their family. Please contact one of our China Family Coordinators for more information.
Finally, I want to inform families that weâ€™re on Facebook. Find us and friend us! We want to build up a base of our families and friends to use this as another medium to give information and connect to families.
— Brian Luwis, CEO