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Stand Sunday

Zoom Webinar: November 12th. 10am-12pm
We are excited to gather online with area partnering churches on November 12, 2020 to celebrate what God has and will do through Stand Sunday 2020. You won’t want to miss this unique time of worship, prayer, and encouragement to continue to stand for the neglected, abused and abandoned children in our communities. 
 
Meet our Conference Guest Speakers
Joe Knittig
CEO for Global Orphan Project
Bishop Aaron Blake
Founder of Harvest Life Family Ministry & Visionary behind Stand Sunday
Jason Weber
National Director for Foster Care Initiatives at Christian Alliance for Orphans
Jason Paredes
Lead Pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas
Conference Schedule

Welcome & Worship

Understanding The Orphan Crisis in America, Joe Knittig

The Father’s Heart, Pastor Jason Paredes

The Father’s Plan, Jason Weber

His Heart & Plan Experienced – A Personal Testimony

Playing My Part, Bishop Blake

Reflection & Worship

His Heart & Plan Experienced – A Second Personal Testimony

Final Exhortation, Bishop Aaron and Mary Blake

*Brief breaks between sessions are scheduled. 

Conference Sponsered by:
The purpose of Stand Sunday is to raise awareness of the number of hurting children and broken families that have been impacted by child abuse or neglect .

On Stand Sunday, Christians stand for the children and families in foster care.

When Bishop Aaron Blake, a pastor and foster/adoptive father, left his breakfast table for church on the second Sunday in November of 2004, he had a sermon prepared … and it wasn’t about foster care:
“I had prepared a sermon to preach that morning that I had worked on all week. I stood up to bring the message when the breakfast table image of our boys came back to my mind. The faces of our sons seemed to multiply in my emotions as I recalled the image from the breakfast table earlier. I knew then that God was prompting our church to answer the call to care for children and broken families.”

Without explanation, Bishop Blake said to his congregation, “Brothers and sisters, there are about 30,000 children in the foster care system in Texas and nearly a half a million in the U. S.” He then asked this one simple question (and he wasn’t expecting a verbal answer): “Who will stand with me to defend, care, and support abused, abandon, and neglected children in our community?” After a brief moment of silence, one lady in the back of the church stood up and simply replied, “Pastor … I will.”

Like a tiny smoldering ember dropped in a pile of thirsty pine needles, her voice began to multiply. To his amazement, Bishop Blake watched as one family after another stood up and joined their voices to hers. As a result of that day, this church and the surrounding community has cared for and adopted hundreds of children in foster care over the last 12 years. In fact, their county actually has more than enough foster families to meet the
need there.

Each year since 2004, the church has celebrated that second Sunday in November. In 2017, these two efforts merged – Orphan Sunday for the purpose of inviting the church to care for orphans
worldwide and Stand Sunday for the purpose of calling the church to stand for children and families in U.S. Foster Care.