Asia’s Hope, an Ohio-based Christian non-profit organization that ministers to orphaned children in Cambodia, Thailand, India, and Nepal, is hosting an international orphan care conference September 17–19 in Columbus, Ohio.
The conference, Hope Unleashed 2015, will include speakers and workshop leaders from across the country and around the world.
“Churches in America are becoming increasingly aware of the plight of the world’s 150,000,000 orphans. Many pastors who want to get involved just don’t know where to start. At Hope Unleashed 2015, we’re bringing together orphan care experts from across the country and around the world and offering a unique opportunity for church leaders to get inspired, informed and equipped to engage the global orphan crisis,” says John McCollum, Asia’s Hope’s executive director.
Conference participants will interact with national and international directors from Asia’s Hope and other orphan care organizations. Keynote sessions and workshops will also feature business leaders and pastors who have taken bold steps toward rescuing and raising orphaned children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Jim Brown, pastor of Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind., says, “Engaging the global orphan crisis was the best decision our church has ever made. Now we get a chance to invest in more than 40 kids in two countries, Thailand and Cambodia. This relationship has changed the hearts of our people in an incredible way. God has blessed us over and above anything we could have ever imagined!”
Pastor Jim will be one of the conference’s keynote speakers. He’ll share the inspiring story of how he led his church into significant, sacrificial involvement in the lives of orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation. Other speakers include Beth Guckenberger, author and director of Back2Back Ministries, and Savorn Ou, director of Asia’s Hope Cambodia.
The conference begins Thursday evening, September 17 and ends Saturday, September 19 with a “Night of Worship and Prayer for the World’s Orphans.” Discounted “early bird” registration ends July 15.