For the first time in history, a Global Forum for a World Without Orphans will be held on 11-14 February 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Five hundred leaders from sixty countries will gather to activate, connect, and equip the Body of Christ worldwide to address the orphan crisis and lead the global response.
More than 1 billion children are exposed to violence every year and 152 million are considered orphans. At least 7 million of them literally have no one in their lives and need a new permanent family. Research demonstrates that institutional care is not the best solution for the development of children.
Following the strong themes of adoption and caring for the fatherless woven through God’s Word, the Forum delegates will work together to develop and share solutions that provide every child with a safe, permanent, and nurturing family.
“Thankfully, in many countries, churches are joining efforts with governments, NGOs, and businesses to bring sustainable transformation to the way children are being cared for in their societies,” shared Ruslan Maliuta, leader of the Forum’s planning team. “The Body of Christ has the capacity to provide every child with permanent family connections and end the orphan crisis. As we read in Psalms, ‘God is a Father to the fatherless and he sets the lonely in families (Ps. 68:5-6).’
The Global Forum is being organized by partners in the World Without Orphans movement with the support of key leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, Transform World, 4/14 Window, Lausanne Movement, Pentecostal World Fellowship, Global Children’s Forum, Viva Network and other groups.
"Several national Evangelical Alliances are actively promoting the vision of orphans becoming sons and daughters in safe, stable, and nurturing families. The World Evangelical Alliance commends this initiative to the global Church," said Gordon Showell-Rogers, Associate Secretary General of WEA.
Speakers include the Secretary General of WEA, Bishop Efraim Tendero, former CEO of Compassion International, Wes Stafford, the Chairman of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, Dr. Prince Guneratnam, and many other influencers who will be sharing from their experiences in the field as well as their perspective on seeing the Christian Church globally move in this spirit of adoption.
To learn more about the Global Forum and how to apply, please visit: www.wwoforum.org
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.
World Without Orphans is a global movement with a goal that every child will grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing permanent family and know their Heavenly Father.