I am traveling back to El Salvador the first week of February to follow up on projects with Orphanâ€™s Ticket Home and continue to work with our staff and the Salvadorian government. Weâ€™ve been seeing signs of progress â€“ please continue to pray for this program.
Calendars are being mailed on Monday! I think this is the best calendar weâ€™ve put together to date. Thanks to all the families that submitted photos. My hope is that the pictures will be a daily reminder for all of us to pray for children waiting to be placed in families.
Sometime in January our agency will be conducting a small Focus Group of adoptive parents that will focus on how we can give better customer service to families adopting through our agency. Please think of ideas for this â€“ weâ€™ll solicit input from current and former adoptive parents.
Our staff celebrated Christmas together yesterday and Melissa Blauvelt was recognized as â€œEmployee of the Yearâ€ for her work with America Worldâ€™s China Waiting Children program. This has been a great Advent season so far. This is my last blog post of 2008 and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our office will be open on December 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th. Then weâ€™ll be back and ready to serve families in 2009. Thanks be to God for another year of serving Americaâ€™s families and the worldâ€™s orphans!
— Brian Luwis, CEO