Today, East Africa Christian leaders will gather to champion growth of a culture of local adoption within East African churches for children who lack families. In partnership with CAFO, the first-of-its-kind East Africa Child Adoption Conference begins today in Nairobi, Kenya. The vision for the conference is the very heart of the CAFO Global Movements Initiative: the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the orphans in its midst. The conference will build upon three successful years of the East African Orphan Summit, which had an attendance of over 300 pastors, ministry leaders and orphan advocates this past July. It is hosted by the Child Adoption Network – East Africa, in partnership with the Government of Kenya.
This Thursday and Friday, the East Africa Child Adoption Conference expects over 200 attendees, representing spheres of government, faith, ngo’s and orphan advocates. Organized to create awareness and demystify the misconceptions about domestic adoption, this conference also hopes to result in a committee of these representatives to discuss and suggest effective and efficient adoption policies to governments in east Africa. More information about the conference can be found at http://www.adoptionea.org/.
Pastor George Ndhawa has seen the results of 3 years of growth within the east African Christian orphan care movement, witnessing an increase in local Christians interested in and pursuing adoption of Kenyan orphans. “I would like to see policies that make adoption less stressful and easier to manage… there is a lot of goodwill, especially from the government!”
Please join the CAFO network in prayer for this conference, for the Holy Spirit to provide wisdom and guidance, and for east African Christians to rise to adopt, foster and care for east African orphans.