Friday, April 15, 2011

Get Silly for Orphans!!!

This sumnmer Aidan will get his first stamp in his passport! He will be traveling with our team of 16 to El Salvador on his first missions trip! Aidan has been blessed with the gift of giving, and he wants to bring special gifts to the orphans. He decided to collect silly bands (small rubber bands that come in various sizes, shapes and colors), since they are small and easy to carry.

Today Aidan shared about his project at our elementary school. He distributed containers for the silly bands to each classroom before school started. Then he spoke in front of the entire school body, and we were so proud of him! He asked the students to raise their hands if they had their own silly bands, and told them that the kids he will meet in El Salvador don't have their own toys. He challenged the students to bring in at least 1,000 silly bands this month!

If you would like to donate silly bands for Aidan's trip, please let us know! Aidan also needs to raise support for his trip costs. Tax deductible checks can be written to All Blessings International (ABI) and sent to:

12935 Villa Rose Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Thank you so much for your support! We can't wait to see how God uses Aidan to bless his new friends in the orphanages! Thanks for helping us to "get silly for orphans"... and for being part of Aidan's support team!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Network Gathering for So Cal Church Adoption/Orphan Care Leaders

Susan and I represented All Blessings Intl. Adoptions at The Grove Church, Riverside's Adoption Service

Susan, her daughter Julia and me ministering to a young mom at the government orphanage in El Salvador

Last year God placed a vision in my heart. I began to talk with my close friend Susan Clark about my idea, and it resonated with her as well. Susan and I have both been blessed to help "birth" adoption/orphan care ministries in our church communities. We have both learned a lot and both have a lot to learn! I am amazed at how God continues to connect me with other leaders who are passionate about caring for orphans. Many churches are starting adoption/orphan care ministries and I have sensed the need to launch a network for other leaders who need in encouragement in sharing this vision in their faith communities.

Susan and I will be attending The Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Kentucky next month. I am so thrilled to be able to network with other church leaders and to learn from their mistakes and successes. We will be attending seminars on topics such as adoption fundraising, building church adoption grants, leading church adoption/orphan care ministries, etc. I know that I have a lot to learn!

We are excited to share our vision and will host our first network on Monday, May 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Mimi's Cafe, Tustin (17231 E. 17th Street off the 55 fwy). Feel free to email Jenni for more information at and stay tuned for more!!!

El Salvador team meetings

I love our team!!! We have met twice in the past month, and God is already doing so much in our midst. I love hearing how God has called each team member to be part of this trip and can't wait to see how God moves through our adventure together.

I have posted the team schedule below. If you live in So Cal, please join us for our team send off at The Village Church of Irvine on Sunday, July 3rd (10 am service).

Sun, April 10
Lunch meeting after church (Jalapenos) from 12-2 pm

Sun, May 15
6:30-8:30 pm @ Ramsey home
Review “Radical” chapters 3 & 4

Sun, May 29
6:30-8:30 pm @ Ramsey home
Review “Radical” chapters 5 & 6
Final payment due for airline tickets

Sat, June 11
10 am – 2 pm / potluck lunch at Ramsey home
Share testimonies

Sun, June 26
6:30-8:30 pm @ Ramsey home
Review “Radical” chapters 7-9

Sun, July 3
Send off at The Village Church of Irvine (10 am service)

Tues, July 5

Final team meeting (packing, preparation, etc.)
6:30-8:30 pm @ Ramsey home