Episode #9: Orphan Sunday with Roberta Davis, Deputy National Director

Roberta Davis is the Deputy National Director of Orphan Sunday for 2013.  Roberta is follower of Jesus, blessed wife and mother to 7 children (4 biological, 1 adopted, and 2 foster children) ranging in ages 24 years old to 7months old.  Her eyes were opened to the vast needs of the orphan during their adoption journey as they became involved in inner city ministry through their church.  God opened their eyes to the needs of the poor, the destitute and the orphan with this simple act of obedience and by stepping out of their comfort zone into the place God was calling them to go.  In 2012, she became involved with Orphan Sunday.  After serving as a coordinator for one year she was asked to be on the leadership team for Orphan Sunday 2013.  Her role now is to support and encourage a group of 166 coordinators across the U.S.  You can follow Roberta at her blog, livesimply4others.blogspot.com

In this episode, you will learn what is Orphan Sunday and how you can get involved in planning an Orphan Sunday event at you church or in your community.

Websites mentioned in this podcast:

www.OrphanSunday.org

www.thechildrenarewaiting.org

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Episode #8: How One Becomes Eight, An Interview with Kelly Rumbaugh

Kelly Rumbaugh is a pastor’s wife, mother of ten (two biological and eight special needs kiddos from China), and a grandma to two.  Having survived breast cancer almost three years ago, it is no wonder why she is a sold out for Jesus.  With a deep heart for the plight of the orphan, Kelly founded Ladybugs N Love in 2006 which is a care package and update service for waiting parents adopting from China.  Kelly blogs at www.mommymonmentsandgodwinks.blogspot.com.

In this episode, Kelly shares some creative ways to cover the cost of adoption and lessons about trusting God.

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Websites mentioned in this episode:

www.mommymomentsandgodwinks.blogspot.com
www.ladybugsnlove.com
www.sowingseedsbotanicals.com

Episode #5: Interview with Johanna Cannelongo

Grab a cup of coffee and a quiet place as Johnna Cannelongo inspires you to trust God through your adoption journey.  Johanna is a mother of five beautiful blessings.  In this episode she will share how to trust God when you husband doesn’t have the vision for adoption, how they “choose” their daughter and advocating for orphans.  Johanna blogs about family, her faith and homeschooling at http://www.stopforflowers.com/ and advocates for China’s waiting children at http://stopforsnowdrops.blogspot.com/

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Episode #2: Interview with Elizabeth Occhipinti, Co-Founder/President of Miriam’s Heart

Interview with Elizabeth Occhipinti, Co-Founder and President of Miriam’s Heart.  Elizabeth, her husband Jimmy and their five children reside in Somerset, New Jersey.  Elizabeth and Jimmy started Miriam’s Heart in May 2011 as an adoption and foster care resource ministry to churches and individuals.  What began as an outreach at her local church, Zarephath Christian Church, has now flourished to help other families and churches throughout the northeast in the area of orphan care and adoption.  In addition to running Miriam’s Heart, Elizabeth has recently been named the Orphan Sunday Regional Coordinator for the Northeast Region through Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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In this episode…

  1. What is Miriam’s Heart
  2. Annual Miriam’s Heart Regional Conference
  3. How to start an orphan care ministry in your church
Websites mentioned in this podcast:
Miriam’s Heart
Miriam’s Heart Regional Conference
Christian Alliance for Orphans
Zarephath Christian Church in New Jersery