The pre-conference for church leaders

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Romania 1.27 is a motivational pre-conference for Church Christian leaders will address the responsibility of the Christians and the Church for children lacking parents care and protection.

Is caring for orphans a special call that only a few Christian have or, maybe, adoption is the heart of the Gospel and everyone of us should be part of this movement? Why God choose to present Himself like “Father to the fatherless” (Ps.68.5)? What is “Religion that our Father accepts as pure and fautless” (James 1.27)? Finally, what means that “God places the lonely in families” (Ps.68.6) and through whom is He going to fufill this promise?

We will learn about all of this with:

Jedd Medefind, president of Christian Alliance for Orphans

Jedd is a jeddfather of 5 children – one of them adopted and in the past served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Jedd believes that love for orphans transforms.  Both personally and through the example of countless others, he’s seen that lives are turned upside-down when Christians reflect God’s heart for orphans through adoption, foster care and global orphan care.  This kind of love transforms not only orphans, but also those who open hearts and homes to them.  Churches can be transformed as well, moving the entire community beyond self-focused religion to self-giving faith.  Finally, when a watching world sees the Gospel embodied in this way, onlookers are transformed as well.

Sergei Demidovich, Adoption Advocate & Director of TV-Together

Sergei is a pastorsergei and a well-known Christian composer from Slavyansk, Ukraine. He is also a director of the TV studio TV-together, and host of many Christian TV-shows. Sergei is a passionate adoption advocate who speaks widely across Russia and Ukraine, encouraging Christians to adopt children. He is married to Anna and is an adoptive father.

Alexandru Ilie, Pastor, Executive Director for ARFO

Alex is pastoralex and together with his wife, Nati, has 4 adoptive children. In the past he has worked as high school teacher and principal, National Coordinator for the Organization of the Evangelical Christian Students in Romania (OSCER) and now he serves as Executive Director for ARFO.

With the community he belongs to, Alex believes James 2:17: “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead“: “Everybody’s Christendom should be reflected in our daily living. It should be more than a theoretical or intellectual notion, but the very force that dictates each choice we make, be it living life with integrity or caring for the needy. Our love for God should lead undoubtedly to the things He loves – the people and especially the children who lack parental care.”