It was a great privilege for Show Hope to present the Empowered to Connect conference here in our own backyard of Nashville, TN this past weekend at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The conference featured Dr. Karyn Purvis, a renowned child-development researcher, speaker and author of The Connected Child, along with Michael & Amy Monroe, who are adoption ministry leaders from Irving Bible Church in Dallas.
We were delighted to have about four hundred families, professionals, and church ministry advocates in attendance, representing 20 states. In addition, more than 150 child welfare professionals or adoptive families received Continuing Education Credits or Adoptive and Foster Parent Training Certificates for their participation in the event!
On Saturday, special guest Regie Hamm, who is a singer/songwriter and adoptive dad of two, joined us to share his joys and struggles in the adoption journey. He also sang the hit song he wrote, “The Time of My Life,” made famous by American Idol‘s David Cook.
Rob and Rachel Meyersohn are currently in the adoption process and had this to say about the conference:
“As a couple starting out in the adoption journey, we found the conference was insightful, educational, and encouraging. We felt we were given many basic tools and resources to be successful in bringing our future child into our family. We also saw that we were not alone on this journey, but had many fellow believers taking the same steps and asking the same questions as us. We were very blessed by our experience, and look forward to hearing more from Show Hope and Empowered to Connect.”
Thank you to all who participated and to all who volunteered their time to make it happen! We are especially grateful to Covenant Presbyterian Church of Nashville for donating the use of their fellowship hall and facilities for our event.
It is our hope and prayer that all who came left the conference blessed, equipped and encouraged to care for these precious children for whom we all advocate. Free resources are available for families, professionals and church ministries at empoweredtoconnect.org and child.tcu.edu.