Wednesday, July 27, 2011


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A Word from Susan Hillis:
Susan with her son Alex, at the 
Created for Care Retreat
When we begin to respond to the Lord's call to our family to adoption, we found ourselves in unchartered territory in spite of a dozen years of parenting experience. As the Lord began to pour out His adoption call for older kids to many parents in our church, it only seemed natural that a special Sunday School class be dedicated to bi-cultural kids and American kids who were their siblings and friends! So I ended up teaching such a class of 30 kids grades 1-8 for several years. The real ministry of this class was in the informal conversations of the moms and dads, accompanied by prayer and practical help, each Sunday as they would come to pick up their kids. "Have you had any challenges with discipline? What about disobedience or anger? What about how to help them with school? And what about how to make faith and the Lord be real to them?" etc! It was those in the hall chats and prayers that often led to the greatest peace in our home, and in the homes of many of those kids who were in the class. I feel excited just thinking about HOPE AT HOME 2011 CONFERENCE at our church, Northlands, in September. This excitement comes because I think it will condense and pass along the Lord's wisdom gleaned from well over a decade of those "in the hall" conversations and prayers, along with deeper connections to the Lord and deeper connections to other parents with the same call.

A Word from Beth Templeton:
One of the things I love about being a parent, and about talking about parenting, is that it is the most fertile ground I know of to work out the truth of the Gospel. It is the real "rubber meets the road" stuff of life, don't you think? The Lord tells us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread"-- talk about daily! Rarely a day goes by where Stephen and I don't realize that we need of direct access to God's power and His life-giving words to us or to our children. For me there is little more exciting and challenging in this life than the realities of working out my faith in the life of our family. If the Good News doesn't "work" in our homes, if it is reserved for Sunday School and the occasional outreach or mission trip, then we are missing something-- big time. What a joy and honor it has been to see God's transformational power in the lives of our children right before our eyes! And, as He is healing our adopted children, we are all finding ourselves being transformed as well.
It has been this desire to partner with the Father to see orphans be transformed into Sons and Daughters right in our homes that has opened our ears to hear God tell us that we need to host a conference at our church, Northlands, here in Atlanta, Georgia. So, ever since this last fall when we spoke with our church elders, we have been planning this event-- and we have been praying for you.

A Time of Refreshing:
Dr. Susan Hillis and I, along with others whose hearts are full with the desire to serve adoptive and foster parents, are so excited to have the opportunity to meet you and to come alongside you during HOPE AT HOME 2011 here in Atlanta, Georgia, September 23-24.
We see HOPE AT HOME 2011 as a time of refreshing for both husbands and wives as we encounter the Father's Heart for adoptive families. We are looking to God to fill our hearts with His Hope. 

We invite you to come and be transformed through the Lord's refreshment as we:

  1.  Learn to find daily hope through our relationship with God.
  2.  Encounter practical approaches to parenting according to our child's identity and purpose in God.
  3.  Connect with others through ministry and prayer.

Some of the TOPICS we are preparing for the conference are:

  • Responding to Your Child's Tough Questions
  • Nurturing Your Marriage Amidst Competing Demands
  • Establishing Peace in Your Home: Addressing Anger in You and Your Child
  • Fathering Your Adopted Child
  • Hope and Help for the Single Adoptive Mother
  • Creating Unity Among Siblings in Your Adoptive Family
  • Transforming Orphans into Sons and Daughters
  • Loving Your Adopted Child Through Every Stage of Their Lives
  • The Beauty of Transracial Adoption
  • Special Needs and HIV
We are very interested in your thoughts on these things and would love to hear your ideas in how we can best minister to you as you love your children. We encourage you to leave a comment below with your thoughts! Also, we have a team of people committed to praying for you, so if there is something specific you would like us to be joining with you prayer for even before the conference, please email us at

May your HOMES BE FILLED WITH HOPE this day as you love each of your precious children, bringing them into the wholeness and healing that is a part of their inheritance as a part of your family!

Beth Templeton and Susan Hillis 
for the HOPE AT HOME Team


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