Orientation: Introduce Yourself!

OVC Essentials Spring 2020 Orientation: Introduce Yourself!

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    • #63774
      Leah St. Pierre
      CAFO Staff

      Introduce yourself! Please share your name, location, vocation (basically, what are you doing for work, ministry, and/or study in life right now?) Why are you taking this course?

    • #63786
      Lesley Harper
      Participant

      Hi friends. I am Lesley Harper, a missionary with my husband, Mark, in Mozambique since 1995 (first with Youth for Christ, now with Pro-Visao Mocambique under Pro Vision International. We work seeking to remain in the background, helping Mozambican leaders to reach their God-given dreams and calling, in the areas of 1. Pioneer Evangelism and discipleship  2. Care for orphans and widows in rural and impoverished communities.  This 2nd project is done through a network of Christian  Families caring for schooling, food and clothing needs for 22 Royal Treasures, and one interim place of safety with Caregivers for just 7 kids, known as ‘Father’s House’ or in our local language ‘Kaya ka Tatana’.  We also support pastors and Christians in crisis, as they care for families and orphans made refugees by the extremist Islamist attacks in Cabo Delgado, N Mozambique, that have left 60,000 as internal refugees since 2017. I hope to gain wisdom in dealing with our young adult and adolescent Royal Treasures, some of whom have some serious issues now, which we are finding very challenging to deal with. We also want to know how best to strengthen the families caring for Royal Treasures.

      • #64571
        Emily Tiner
        Participant

        So nice to meet you, Lesley! That’s incredible that you and your husband are working in Mozambique! I was going to ask if you guys familiar or associated at all with Heidi Baker and her ministry but then I looked up the country and had no idea how big the population was! 🙂

         

      • #64579
        Ana María Sanchez
        Participant

        Hi Les!

        What a beautiful ministry God has given to you! I visited Africa two years ago and I fell in love with it. It´s wonderful to know you´re working for the kingdom in such a paradise. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your story and even the challenges you´re facing during this time, I´ll be definitely praying for you.

        I know you´re working with Orphanos, and I´m part of the Orphanos family too, so I just came to say hi and let you know how inspired I am by your ministry.

        PS: My English is not very good, so feel free of correcting my grammar. lol

      • #64777
        Geoffrey Maragia
        Participant

        My name is Geoffrey nyakundi from kenya.Am a teacher and a social worker.My wife and i have a children’s ministry that helps street,orphans and neglected children in Kenya more especially our location.The main purpose of taking this this course is to enhance my knowledge and experience on how and which means is better for taking care of children though family based care.

    • #63790
      Ryne Isaac
      Participant

      Hello, my name is Ryne Isaac. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and work at Solace Church. I’ve been in my role of Missions Pastor for the past 3 years. Our church has a home in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) for 24 vulnerable, at-risk, and orphaned children. This is currently a ministry of our church, but we are in the beginning steps of transitioning it to a stand alone 501c3. We’re hoping to better learn how to care for children in West Africa.

    • #63821
      Lauren Duke
      Participant

      Hello! My name is Lauren Duke. I am studying social work at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. I am currently interning at Agape of Central Alabama in Montgomery and plan to graduate with my bachelors in May. I plan to get my masters in August and finish next July. I am taking this course for my internship to learn more about foster care and adoption. I am excited to learn more!

    • #63822
      Lauren Duke
      Participant

      Hello! My name is Lauren Duke. I am studying social work at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. I am currently interning at Agape of Central Alabama in Montgomery and plan to graduate with my bachelors in May. I plan to get my masters in August and finish next July. I am taking this course for my internship to learn more about foster care and adoption. I am excited to learn more!

    • #64004
      Amber Allan
      Participant

      Hello All! My name is Amber Allan. Originally, I am from Pennsylvania but I live and work as a missionary in Ecuador. We have been working with a small community on the coast of Ecuador for the past 4 years and discovered they have both a need and a deep desire to improve their education in the town. Another student in this course, Ana, and I will soon be moving closer to the community to provide after school programs that both educate and disciple children meanwhile working with town officials and families to help them find ways and resources to overcome the difficulties they are facing. The majority of the children we are focus on are orphaned therefore I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to take the OVC course!

      • #64607
        Debbie Douce
        Participant

        So fun that you and Ana Maria are serving in the same country as us!! What a beautiful work you are doing to seek to transform an entire community. Phil and I do not often see orphaned children in our context but rather children with absent fathers, sometimes they don’t even know who their fathers are, and mothers who also grew up in poverty, lack of education, and the cycle of abuse and dsyfunction.

      • #64781
        Amber Allan
        Participant

        Hi Debbie, I’m so glad there’s a few of us serving in Ecuador in the class. We’ll have to exchange information so we can connect in country some time!

        We see a lot of the same things you see, although in our community there is a large percentage of children who have been orphaned as well. I find Ecuador to vary so significantly from coast to sierra whether that be the food, the people, or even the type of poverty.

      • #64783
        Geoffrey Maragia
        Participant

        hello Debbie,i would wish to learn from your experience.

    • #64006
      Connie Becker
      Participant

      My name is Connie Becker. I live outside of Tulsa in Owasso, Oklahoma. I’m a wife, mom and grandmother. I help with Project Hope Worldwide in Tulsa Oklahoma. We take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda, Nicaragua and Mexico. I help with raising funds, help with the schools and want to learn more about transitioning the children

    • #64550
      Michael Mitchell
      Participant

      Hi Everyone! My name is Michael Mitchell and I’m in Oklahoma City (I’m impressed how many Okies we have in the group so far). I actually just joined the CAFO team in a new role where I’ll be helping our member organizations grow in their understanding and practice of fundraising as a ministry with the ultimate goal of helping them impact even more children. I’m taking this course as a general introduction to the big, broad world of serving and ministering to orphans, vulnerable children and the people who care and fight for them, and I’m excited to learn from all of you.

      • #64636
        Mindy Russell
        Participant

        Michael, If you are ever in the Tulsa  area me and our Director of Development would love to pick your brain! What a great service you provide!

    • #64553
      Margaret Hoffer
      Participant

      Hello.  I currently live in Washington D.C. and work with Selamta Family Project as their trip and volunteer coordinator.  Selamta brings kiddos from institutions and the streets into forever family homes in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  I also have 5 adopted children.  I am taking this course so that I can be better informed, both as a trip leader and as an adoptive parent.

    • #64554
      Mindy Russell
      Participant

      Hi Friends! This is Mindy Russell and I am the Director of Missions at Project Hope Worldwide, a 501(c)(3) based in Owasso, Oklahoma. Through sponsorships and short term mission trips, we work with orphaned and vulnerable children in Mexico, Nicaragua, Uganda, and soon in Southeast Asia. I am the wife to a super cute worship pastor, and we have 3 kids. I am a former classroom teacher in both public and private schools. My hope is to design and plan short term mission trips that will be mutually beneficial to the people groups we serve and the volunteers we send.

      • #64780
        Amber Allan
        Participant

        Mindy, now I totally understand why you’re so passionate about teachers helping teachers! I love what you’re doing, and I’m so glad I was able to hear you speak a little bit more about it on the call. I would be so interested to hear more about your experience with planning mission trips. I’ve been reading up a lot on short-term missions, but have yet to experience being the host rather than the attendee.

        P.S. I’m sorry that I have to do this but… have you ever attended a Transformation Church service???

      • #64782
        Mindy Russell
        Participant

        Amber,

        I would LOVE to schedule a zoom call with you. I’d be happy to share any resources we have with you. I’d love to hear more about how you are equipping teachers with limited resources.  Email me at mindy@projecthopeworldwide.org

        And I have never been to Transformation, but I watch them a lot online. My husband is a worship pastor and will be on sabbatical this summer, and we are planning to catch a few services then. 🙂

         

    • #64556
      Marsha Baker
      Participant

      Hi yall! My name is Marsha Baker, I live in Tulsa, OK (yeah for all my Okie friends in this class)! I am the Programs and Mobilization Director for Bless the Children Ministries.  Alongside our Ugandan friends through a sponsorship program we care for around 300 orphaned and vulnerable children in a very rural community.  Our heart is to be the love of Christ to these children equipping them to become authentic Godly leaders that will transform generations.  My job role is Ugandan staff development, programs, and leading our teams and interns. I have 1 adopted daughter from this village. I am excited to continue learning best practices and care for these sweet children(including my own) we have the privilege of serving.

      • #64625
        Alyssa McIntyre
        Participant

        Hi Marsha! How long have you been at Bless the Children? I remember reading a little about your ministry as I’ve been exploring what other resources are available in Uganda. I’m preparing to move there in April to work with an organization that focuses on children with special needs.

    • #64557
      Ana María Sanchez
      Participant

      Hi everyone!

      My name is Ana María Sánchez, I’m from Ecuador, an awesome little country in Latin America. I’m 30 and I have been working with children for ten years as a teacher and for five years as a missionary. After an earthquake in 2016 on the Ecuadorian coast, I became part of Man of Peace; a ministry that provides Christ-centered care to help the community thrive. This year I’m moving to the coast to work permanently with this community. Most of the kids we work with are orphans. Even though I have been working with kids, I know this is going to be a totally different experience so I know this course is the perfect tool in order to be as prepared as possible to love the community well. I’m very excited about starting

    • #64558
      Emily Tiner
      Participant

      Hello! My name is Emily Tiner :). I’m a Colorado girl and just moved to Tennessee recently with my husband to be closer to family. I worked with Compassion International straight out of college for five years and upon leaving there, I just recently began working in Communications for Bless the Children Ministries with Marsha and Taylor (also in this class! 🙂 ). So I’ve been in the non-profit world for about 10 years now and am so in love with what God is doing around the world to create change for children. The heart of BTCM is caring for the vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda and teaching them that they are accepted, loved, and belong in the family of Jesus and equip them to be authentic godly leaders in their own communities! I’m so honored and thankful that I’m part of this ministry and I always want to learn more from people farther ahead of me with more knowledge and experience so that’s why I’m here! I’m so excited to learn more about how we can love and serve these children in a greater capacity and in the most effective possible way.

      • #64574
        Olivia Stanton
        Participant

        Emily! I grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to TN about a year and a half ago! So fun. Welcome to TN!

      • #64743
        Emily Tiner
        Participant

        Awe, how awesome Olivia! I absolutely love that city :). I miss it! What part of TN are you in?

      • #64747
        Olivia Stanton
        Participant

        I miss it too. I live in Franklin now–close to Nashville! How about you?

      • #64748
        Emily Tiner
        Participant

        I’m in Clarksville, 40min north of Nashville for now!

      • #64750
        Robert Cochran
        Participant

        Olivia – Emily and I work together at Bless the Children Ministries. It’d be fun for the three of us to get together at some point! I’m based out of Nashville.

      • #64751
        Olivia Stanton
        Participant

        Robert–that would be wonderful! I would love to connect with y’all in person!

      • #64844
        Olivia Stanton
        Participant

        *Taylor 🙂

    • #64568
      Olivia Milliner
      Participant

      Hello everyone! My name is Olivia and I am a soon-to-be Occupational Therapist in Indianapolis. I am completing the end of my degree with Trader’s Point Christian Church in the Foster & Adoption Ministry. We are collaborating with Kid’s Ministry to make the whole experience at TPCC more trauma safe for kiddos from hard places. My heart has always been for kids, and I have lots of experience working with all ages and abilities. I’m fairly new to the adoption and fostering world, and I’m soaking in all the information I can find! I’ve learned so much about God’s call to care for the vulnerable through the work at TPCC, and I want to learn more so I am equipped to use my gifts to answer this call!

      • #64575
        Olivia Stanton
        Participant

        Hey Olivia, I LOVE that you all are learning how to better serve children who have experienced trauma. There is such a need for that!

    • #64569
      Isaac Rudolph
      Participant

      Hi all. My name is Isaac Rudolph. I live and work in Jersualem, Israel with my wife and two small children. I am a social worker by profession and currently the manager for a local Israeli non-profit equipping families to foster and adopt called HaTikva Families (HaTikva means Hope).  http://www.hatikvafamilies.org.

      A lot of my work is focused on training professionals, community leaders and adoptive/foster parents in trauma-informed care as a TBRI practitioner.

      Always looking to learn more and be better equipped to serve OVC.

      • #64672
        Heather Hall
        Participant

        Hi Isaac–I am really looking forward to hearing some of your perspectives from your field work.  Thanks!

    • #64570
      Wayne
      Participant

      Hello everyone.  This is Wayne Sneed at Orphanos in Memphis, TN.   I have some experience with OVC in a variety of nations and cultures and am looking forward to learning more during this course.

    • #64572
      Alyssa McIntyre
      Participant

      Hello! I am Alyssa McIntyre. I am currently living in Des Moines, Iowa and finishing up my Master’s in Social Work. At the end of April I’ll be moving to Jinja, Uganda where I’ll be serving as the Child Development Director at Ekisa Ministries, an organization that works with families who have children with special needs. I’ll specifically be working with their children’s home. This is a dream position and I am extremely excited to be a part of Ekisa. I’m taking this class in order to help prepare me for my new role and understand the world I’m about to enter.

      • #64674
        Rebekka Scheytt
        Participant

        Hi Alyssa,

        I’m in Uganda right now. Just for travelling, but I used to volunteer near Mukono with an organisation called Vision for Africa. They also have a project site near Jinja. You can be so excited for this beautiful country with such amazing people. God will bless them through your work.

      • #64681
        Alyssa McIntyre
        Participant

        Rebekka,

        Thank you for the encouragement! I absolutely cannot wait.

    • #64576
      Trent Taylor
      Participant

      Hello everyone,
      My name is Trent Taylor, and I am 19 years old, and I live in NC. I spent five years in the foster care system due to domestic violence, extreme neglect, and sexual abuse. I traveled through five different homes and five different schools during my time in care. I was separated from five other siblings but remained with my younger brother and my older brother during my foster placements. Unfortunately, I continued to be abused by my older brother until our last foster placement. Once the social workers discovered what was happening the removed him. Fortunately, I was able to remain with my younger brother. My life was changed when my younger brother and I attended a match event at Lake Christi called a “Day to Remember”. It was at this event that we met our future adoptive parents. That day I just knew that they were going to be my adoptive parents. After a few months of visitation, we moved in with our future adoptive parents. Our adoption was finalized one year later after a very extensive battle in court. As time passed I began to heal. I opened up to my adoptive family about my sexual abuse and other past pain, and they helped me find the true healing found in God. I am happy to say that after several years I was able to come to dramatic levels of healing. I have now dedicated my life to giving back to others and have a driving desire to use my past pain for a purpose. As an effort to use my past to help others I now public speak across the United States in an effort to provide hope that true healing can occur. I have served on a non-profit Board of Directors, founded a kids division and have authored two books to provide hope and healing to others.  I co-authored my autobiography called “Shattered No More” about my time in care and recently co-authored a book on how to battle technology and pornography addiction from a teenager’s perspective. This book was also written for those who have experienced trauma. I want to make it very clear that I do not share all of this to boast in any way. I share to offer hope to those who are in foster care or advocating for the children to show them that true healing can occur. I also want to let everyone know that I give God every bit of the glory because this is his story and not mine. Most recently, I founded a ministry called “Watch Me Rise” that devotes time to supporting those who are fostering or have adopted. We provide resources, support groups, specialized trainings, etc…. I am currently in college with the end goal to obtain my Master’s in Counseling and hope to obtain extensive specialized training in trauma. I am taking this course to further my knowledge and to learn more about how to get the churches in my community to take action and get behind this cause. I cannot wait to get to know everyone better, learn, and ultimately glorify God with everything I do.

      • #64582
        Mandy Haffer de Ramírez
        Participant

        So glad you are here, Trent! Your perspective is so important, and helps those of us in parental roles understand better. My husband and I are raising a 16-year-old who has been through extreme trauma in her childhood, and I hope one day she can come to share her story the way you are doing now!

      • #64606
        Debbie Douce
        Participant

        Trent, wow!! I love, love your message of hope!! Seriously, I am so honored to be in this class with you and your mom.

      • #64703
        Laura Marinucci
        Participant

        Trent, you post was super encouraging. I’m looking forward your input as I am prayerfully and actively recruiting families for teens. Any suggestions you have are appreciated.

    • #64577
      Olivia Stanton
      Participant

      Hey! My name is Olivia Stanton and I live in Nashville, TN. I am the Coordinator of Student Initiatives at a 501(c)3 called Show Hope. Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans with four primary areas of work: Adoption Aid grants, Care Centers, Pre+Post Adoption support, and Student Initiatives. Our Student Initiative is called Pause Campaign, and it is a week-long social media fast for high school and/or college students where they break from social media and focus on a daily devotional that we provide that educates them on the needs of orphans and how, as students, they can make an impact. I wanted to take this course in order to become a better advocate for vulnerable children and to be a more knowledgeable resource for the students I work with.

    • #64578
      Laura Marinucci
      Participant

      Hi all, I am Laura Marinucci and I reside in Temecula California (in Southern California -north of San Diego). I am an adoptive mother of three grown girls; we adopted one from birth and two siblings, ages 9 and 7 at the time, from Russia utilizing International Christian Adoptions as our agency. Years later, our agency ICA offered me a position as Child and Family Services Administrator. Over the years, ICA has expanded their services to include refugee placements and domestic foster care. I am primarily involved in recruitment of foster/adoptive families and have a heart for locating families for teens and difficult to place children. We are passionate about training our families to become trauma-informed believing a clear understanding of trauma allows children and parents to thrive. I am excited for this course and hope to explore avenues to best reach potential families willing to meet the needs of these children and so extend the love of Christ.

      • #64645
        Katrina Brown
        Participant

        Laura, I’m excited to learn from you and alongside you! I love what you are doing at your organization and your passion for families being trauma-informed. Education and training can be such a powerful tool.

        Also, my hometown is Oceanside, CA so I am very familiar with Temecula!

      • #64704
        Laura Marinucci
        Participant

        Katrina, thank you for your encouragement. I am in the process of coordinating an Empowered to Connect Conference Rewind 2019 for April. Oceanside it not too far from Temecula. If you know of any families who may benefit, please send them my way; 4achild.org. I’m looking forward to this class!

      • #64680
        Olivia Milliner
        Participant

        Laura, I love trauma informed care! I think TIC tools are so valuable! As an OT, I’m all about the education piece to set kiddos and their parents up for success!

      • #64707
        Laura Marinucci
        Participant

        Hi Olivia,

        Are you aware of the Empowered to Connect Rewind Conference (for 2019) upcoming this spring? You may want to explore their website to see if it is being held locally to you. The 2019 session had fantastic information for OTs! I’ve had great feed-back from OTs and teachers who have implemented some of the suggestions.

      • #64714
        Olivia Milliner
        Participant

        I have not heard of that! I just looked it up, and there is one near me! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    • #64580
      Pam Taylor
      Participant

      Hello All,

      My name is Pam Taylor. I am very excited to be taking this course alongside my adopted son, Trent. In addition to being an adoptive parent to two wonderful teenage boys, I am the Founder and Executive Director for a North Carolina based non-profit organization called “Mercy for America’s Children”. We recruit, foster and adoptive families and provide extensive resources and support programs for families who are opening their hearts and homes to children from hard places. My background is in special education but I have also sought extensive training in working with children who have experienced trauma. I am a TBRI Practitioner here in NC and enjoy helping lead families to healing. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge regarding global orphan care. While I am familiar with foster care, global orphan care is an area in which I would like to expand my knowledge. I am looking forward to learning from each of you.

      • #64581
        Olivia Milliner
        Participant

        Hi Pam! I read both yours and Trent’s bios, and what an incredible story your family has! I think it’s amazing how you are both working to give back to the foster and adoption ministry and supporting others who have walked in your shoes (and I’m a HUGE TBRI fan!). I’m looking forward to learning with you both!

      • #64608
        Debbie Douce
        Participant

        Hi Pam! I love how you are equipping foster and adoptive families! What a gift to the children!! When we became a foster family many years ago, there was little training, and particularly follow up. I am also a special education teacher, but such an ordinary girl really, who God called to do something far beyond what I thought I was capable of. I only recently learned about TBRI and am helping our team to implement some of the basic concepts. Our daughter-in-law is TBRI trained and is now teaching foster parents in Columbia, MO. When she was here to visit over Christmas, she provided a brief training to the staff. Our son translated for her, but she used some of their information in Spanish and introduced us to TBRI videos in Spanish. I am a TBRI fan now and hope to some day become trained.

    • #64583
      Mandy Haffer de Ramírez
      Participant

      Hi all! My name is Mandy, and I am originally from Illinois. My degree is in Spanish. Since 2017, I have been working with the non-profit One Collective in Central America. We bring people together to help the oppressed. I served for a year and a half in Nicaragua, overseeing our short-term mission teams program, before being evacuated during a civil crisis in mid-2018. In late 2018, I relocated to Honduras and married my husband, who is from here. Most of last year was spent working in an admin role with One Collective, and during that year, God unexpectedly led us to our (foster) daughter, who is now 16. She has been through severe trauma and shipped from family to family, group home to group home. In eight months, we have seen God reshaping her understanding of what healthy, unconditional love looks like. Our hope is to adopt her in the future. Our daughter has opened our eyes to the huge need for foster care/orphan care/adoption in our community, and especially speaking on behalf of children like our girl to churches who don’t seem to be as aware of this great need. I am now in a role of leadership with my sending organization and preparing to start a new initiative in our community, but am very excited to be a part of this course to back up my passion with actual wisdom and insight as my husband and I seek God for clear direction in what He has for us here.

      • #64605
        Debbie Douce
        Participant

        Hi Mandy!! We are also with One Collective! 🙂 I admire your compassion and courage (newly married!) to take in a teenage daughter who so desperately needs authentic love, and to be a voice to others how they can also be God’s instruments in His healing process.  I believe that healing happens through authentic relationship. We are the bridge to the Father’s heart and His ultimate healing. Regardless of those times I can’t see healing happen in the young women I work with, I never stop believing. Because of Him, there is hope. Always.

      • #64666
        Mandy Haffer de Ramírez
        Participant

        Hey Debbie! I’m a friend of Chelsea Diefenbach’s, and we emailed once or twice last year. I hope you are well! Thank you so much for your encouragement; it hasn’t been an easy year but it has been a good one. Love your wording of being a bridge! <3

      • #64667
        Debbie Douce
        Participant

        Yes!! I felt like your story and name was so familiar to me, but out of context, I didn’t make the connection. How fun that we are taking this class together! 🙂

    • #64584
      Debbie Douce
      Participant

      Hello everyone! My name is Debbie. My husband and I have been missionaries in Quito, Ecuador for the past 18 plus years. We have four grown children, all married, five grandchildren and two foster grandchildren. I am co-founder of End Slavery Ministries Ecuador, a Christian organization that seeks to provide hope, freedom, and purpose through relational ministry to vulnerable young women and children. This includes an aftercare, training and discipleship home for young women ages 18-22, along with their children, who have been rescued out of vulnerable situations such as violence or sexual exploitation. I am currently transitioning to a new role in the fall of 2020 where we will be based in the United States. I believe that the more we are equipped and healthy ourselves, the more effective we are in loving well the hurting ones God brings into our lives. I am excited to continue to learn through this class and through all of you!

    • #64585
      Jacob Keeler
      Participant

      Hi all!

      It’s great to virtually meet you. I feel like I should start of by saying I’m not from Oklahoma (though I’m excited to get to know all of you Okie’s in here). My name is Jacob Keeler, and I live and work in Lancaster Pennsylvania. I’m blessed to have the job of Chief Growth Officer at Horizon: Empower the Orphaned. We are a unique organization founded by Christian Entrepreneurs, with a focus on creating a family-focused approach to orphan care in developing countries as well as launching large-scale in-country businesses, leading to long term operational sustainability and job creation. I look forward to getting to know and learn from each of you as we’re on this journey together of loving, supporting and empowering orphaned and vulnerable children all over the world!

      Blessings,

      Jacob

    • #64604
      Philip Douce
      Participant

      Hi fellow classmates,

      My name is Philip Douce, married to Debbie. We are missionaries with One Collective in Quito, Ecuador. I am the founder of a creative 24/7 discipleship ministry to former street kids in Ecuador. Prior to Ecuador I was Executive Director for a 5o1c3 Emergency Shelter for children taken into protective custody as well as running a Child Advocacy Center. We are currently transitioning back to the States and into a new and exciting position with One Collective as a Vulnerable Youth Specialist. Even though we at times are in a stressful process of transitioning, I am so excited to glean and learn from this class and my classmates. I believe the better we can equip ourselves and those walking alongside vulnerable youth and children, the more we can reduce the learning curve which often impacts the children and staff negatively.

      -Phil D

       

      • #64718
        Alyssa McIntyre
        Participant

        Philip,

        I spent two weeks on a service trip to Quito in college. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved the people. I would jump on a plane to go back in a second. Sounds like you’re doing some amazing work there and will continue to do so in the states. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    • #64627
      Pam Taylor
      Participant

      Hi Olivia,

      That sounds amazing. Trauma education is so critical. As a future occupational therapist, I am sure you have learned a great deal about the sensory needs of children who have experienced trauma. It’s a topic that I have been studying but want to learn more.

      • #64709
        Olivia Milliner
        Participant

        Yes, I am VERY interested in doing sensory work with kiddos once I get into the field. The more I learn about TCC and TIC, the more it makes sense with the sensory principles I’ve learned, and the kiddos I’ve worked with.

    • #64632
      Danita White
      Participant

      Hi!

      My name is Danita. I live in McKinney, Texas. Right now, I work at Chick-fil-A and hope to continue my career in restaurant/hospitality. I attend One Community Church based in Plano and serve in the kids ministry there.

      I am taking this course because I did an internship with CAFO’s National Foster Care Initiative. Working with kids, especially underprivileged and marginalized ones, is something that I’m passionate about. I hope this learning experience will help me understand how I can better help orphans and vulnerable children.

    • #64651
      Katrina Brown
      Participant

      Hi Everyone!

      I am Katrina Brown. I live in Seattle, WA -but am originally from San Diego, CA.  I am passionate about seeing children experiencing vulnerabilities thriving in families. I recently graduated from grad school and since then have been drawn to research (and looking at the “big picture”).  I am currently interning at CAFO under their OVC Research Initiative.  I believe that being-well informed can have a huge impact in this field, so I am eager to take this class and learn more (and learn from you all).

    • #64652
      LeighAnn Wolle
      Participant

      Hi all! Sorry I am a little late to the game here.

      My name is LeighAnn Wolle! I graduated with a degree in Family Science this past May. A few weeks after graduation, I moved to a small city in China where I am spending a year volunteering in an orphanage. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, I recently had to return to the states and will be here until further notice. It has been a really crazy few weeks!

      I am currently applying to get my MSW and plan to work in the adoption world once I obtain this degree. I am taking this course to further my knowledge of the OVC world. I always say my purpose in life is to help every child know they are loved and know their worth. The way I feel most called to this purpose is through working with OVC. All my papers and personal projects in undergrad were done on OVC and adoption. I want to know how to best serve!

    • #64668
      Amber Murphy
      Participant

      Hi everyone,

      My name is Amber Murphy and I am from Birmingham, AL. I am a graduate student studying in the field of Social Work. This is my last semester in graduate school and I am interning at an adoption agency. My supervisor suggested that I sign up for CAFO (as all of their interns do) because it could be very helpful to my field of study and that CAFO would also better educate me about some of the things that their agency may encounter. Before now, I knew absolutely nothing about CAFO, so I’m interested to see what all the organization entails and to gain as much knowledge as possible because I’m sure that the information discussed will be beneficial to my career in Social Work.

       

    • #64669
      Amber Murphy
      Participant

      Hi Leslie,

       

      I think it’s awesome that you and your husband are missionaries in Mozambique helping individuals reach their full potential to become whatever they hope to be. I’m sure you guys are making such a major impact on the lives of each individual that you encounter. Keep up the great work!

    • #64671
      Heather Hall
      Participant

      Hello!

      My name is Heather, and I am a global public health nurse.  I am currently living in Portland, OR, and am volunteering with a child sponsorship organization to work with them on program development.  I am new to the world of child sponsorship and am taking this course to better understand the OVC population so that I may better work with and empower them.

      Thanks!

    • #64673
      Holly Freitas
      Participant

      Hi-

      My name is Holly and I am in my 7th month as the Director of Program Development for GlobalFingerprints Child Sponsorship Program. My background is in nursing, public health, Social and Behavior Change Communication, and Community Health Evangelism. I lived with my husband and two children in Tanzania for approximately 10 years and was exposed to many “real world” OVC issues. I am excited to enter more deeply into the language and content of OVC Essentials as I am sure there is much to learn.

    • #64675
      Rebekka Scheytt
      Participant

      Hello everybody,

      my name is Rebekka and I’m from Hamburg, Germany. I work for CBN Germany and am the regional project manager for the projects we support through our within (OVC) ministry Orphan’s Promise. Right now I’m on vacation in Uganda, which means my internt isn’t working sometimes, which explaines my late introduction.

      I’m taking this course, because I hope to gain a better understanding for the ministries that we’re supporting. In addition I think, that one day I might work for a minisry or fund one myself and I believe all the topics in this course are great tools to have.

      Blessings

    • #64699
      Stephanie Kainer
      Participant

      Hi Everyone,

      My name is Stephanie and I’m from Houston, TX. I’m the Director of Community Outreach for a non-profit called Pathways for Little Feet. We provide interest-free loans to families to help them complete their adoption and we also provide post-adoption support through prayer, counseling scholarships, and resources to adoptive families.

      I’m excited to learn more about orphan care so I can be better equipped to come alongside children and families. I also have an interest in TBRI and hope to gain more knowledge in this area. I have a passion for people to know they are loved and I hope to be used in some kind of way to share that with them, especially orphaned and vulnerable children.

      • #64712
        Alyssa McIntyre
        Participant

        Stephanie,

        That’s such a great role in adoption care that is often overlooked. I follow Reece’s Rainbow and families adopting children on their pretty closely and have seen how those kinds of loans and aftercare can make a huge difference in a family’s adoption. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions and how you see things from the position you’re in.

         

      • #64771
        Stephanie Kainer
        Participant

        Hi Alyssa,

        I met Reece’s Rainbow at the CAFO Summit last year and love what they do!

        What a neat opportunity you have coming up in Uganda!

        I’m looking forward to learning and hearing from everyone in the class! It’s going to be a wonderful experience!

      • #64828
        Roxana Thisse
        Participant

        Stephanie and Alyssa,

        I had to jump in on your thread here. . . Reece’s Rainbow is just the BEST! My youngest son has Down syndrome and I have friends who have adopted children through Reece’s Rainbow.

        In the meantime, Stephanie I absolutely love what you do and would love to learn more about Pathways for Little Feet.

        And Alyssa, congrats on almost completing your degree! If the Lord ever leads me back to school (I’m mostly a stay-at-home-mom) I’d like to pursue a degree in social work. May God richly bless you as you serve.

        Thank you both for what you do! Exciting stuff!

         

    • #64742
      Robert Cochran
      Participant

      Hi Friends!

      My name is Taylor Cochran and I’m based in Nashville, TN. I’m the Executive Director for Bless the Children Ministries, and am PUMPED to be taking this course with you all and a couple teammates at BTCM. Our ministry is located in western Uganda where we’re providing care to 310 kiddos through family-style residential homes, family restoration care, education & skills training, and discipleship.

      I’m looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming months!

      Blessings,

      Taylor

    • #64749
      Robert Cochran
      Participant

      I forgot to mention that I’m taking this class to learn how we can best care for our kiddos and their families in Uganda!

    • #64765
      Connie Becker
      Participant

      Hello,

      My name is Connie Becker. My husband is CEO of Project Hope Worldwide so I work in several areas. We have works in Uganda, Nicaragua and Outside of Juarez. I spend most of my time with Uganda helping with our school.

      I hope to learn more about how God wants us to help vulnerable children. Especially how to best Help children transition into adulthood and their world and be ambassadors for Christ.

    • #64827
      Roxana Thisse
      Participant

      Hello!

      I’m super late in responding, but here goes!

      My name is Roxana Thisse and I serve as the Hope for Kids Coordinator at The Moody Church in Chicago. I have the privilege and joy of coordinating our church’s work with several ministry partners (local and global) who serve vulnerable children. I also work to encourage adoption, foster care and pro-life efforts in our church body. I love that I get to serve in this way and wish that there were more hours in the day (and that I had more energy for those hours)!

      I’m taking this course to learn more about caring for vulnerable children, so that I can help encourage and equip others in the body of Christ to do the same.

      That said, I spend most of each day mothering and homeschooling my three kids aged 8, 6 and 3 (my 3 year old is not “in school” ;). Our days are pretty full!

       

    • #64864
      Habtie Wolelaw
      Participant

      Hello!

      Sorry for being late in introducing my self. My name is Habtie. I live in Addis, Ethiopia. I work for Selamta Family Project.

      I am taking this course to learn more about OVC care and best practices in the field.

    • #66874
      Ashley Stoll
      Participant

      Hi Holly!

      Met you last year at Helping Children Worldwide’s Rising Tides Conference!  Just wanted to say hello!

      Ashley (working in Liberia)

      • #66875
        Holly Freitas
        Participant

        Oh, yes! I knew that I knew you, but wasn’t sure from where! I’m happy to “see” you again and to know that you were able to get back from Liberia safely at the beginning of this craziness!

        Holly

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