CEO Note
September 17, 2009

Adoption officials from China’s government were in D.C. this week meeting with the National Council For Adoption, the U.S. government and various other meetings with adoption agencies, including America World.  Staff from the CCAA as well as provincial government officials came to our office yesterday to learn more about adoption of children with special needs through America World’s Waiting Children Program.  We are grateful for those families that came into our office to talk about their adoption experience with these officials. 

Our co-worker Jenny is in town as well.  Jenny works for America World in Beijing and has been on our staff for many years now.  It is always great when she is here to work with us in our office.  We’re very fortunate to have Jenny working so hard for America World families. 

AWAA’s National Reunion is only a month away.  In the past, travel groups have met together and had mini-reunions of their own.  The D.C. area offers out of town families many free and enjoyable tourist attractions, including museums, monuments and much more.  There are a limited number of hotel rooms in the America World block – please sign up today to ensure you get a spot.  Registration is only $25 per adult and $12 for children 2-12 years old (children under 2 are free).  You can register online on our website.

This November will the be the launch of a new initiative called Orphan Sunday.  America World is a proud proponent of this effort to have churches show their unity and compassion by dedicating one Sunday a year to talk about orphans, adoption and the biblical message of advocating for the fatherless.  The Christian Alliance For Orphans is helping organize this inaugural event.  I’ve already met with my pastor to ask if this is something our church can focus on; I hope many of you will do the same thing.  For more information, please visit www.orphansunday.org

Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds
 — his name is the LORD — and rejoice before him.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling. 
Psalm 68:4-5

Sincerely,
Brian Luwis

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