Note from CEO
November 2, 2008

Last week I had a great opportunity to discuss international adoption with the leaders of seven other international adoption agencies.  Our time was productive as we discussed ways in which we can collaborate and learn from each other.  During this hard time in international adoption – it’s great to see agencies wanting to help each other and still consider the interest of orphaned children above all else.

I’m also encouraged to see that our agency’s finances are looking brighter and better every month – as the cost-cutting measures we’ve taken go into effect and we make sure we’re careful and responsible stewards of the finances we’ve been entrusted with.  Good has been good and faithful towards AWAA – He has blessed this agency with a hard-working and committed staff.  I’m very grateful for their dedication and their positive attitudes.

Most of you already know that I’ve been focusing on our agency’s El Salvador Program a lot over the last few months.  I’m encouraged about the news from my last trip regarding the referral information on the two older boys that are available – and I’m looking forward to seeing how families respond to this good news.  This program will continue to be one of my primary focuses.

November is national adoption month: I hope you’ll be doing something to celebrate!  There are always ways you can promote adoption and foster care.  Maybe you’ll look to see if you can be a part of starting an adoption ministry with your church.  Adoptive parents that are interested in being “Associates” with our agency should contact mike.stone@awaa.org.  Our agency’s Orphan’s Ticket Home campaign <http://www.awaa.org/events/orphanstickethome.aspx>  is a great way to give toward the development of new avenues for children to find families through adoption.

- Brian Luwis, CEO

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