Our Mission

To bring hope, healing, and community to foster and adoptive parents around the country who are struggling to care for children from hard places. To equip the Church with implementing sustainable post placement support so that the orphan care movement continues to strengthen and grow, ultimately resulting in permanence for orphaned and vulnerable children. Our heart is that ultimately the Church would lead and embrace this movement to bring refreshment and ongoing support to foster and adoptive families within their congregations.

There are many conferences out there but Refresh is more of an experience than a conference. Our team prays fervently over this time with parents and we treat it more like a retreat than an event.

Overlake Christian Church desires all foster and adoptive parents to find local support all throughout the year. We do not wish to see parents having to fly across the country to find refreshment in Redmond, WA. That is the vision behind expanding the conference to different parts of the country and the idea behind Me Too groups where foster and adoptive families can meet as small groups in their own neighborhood and walk the journey together.

Refresh Conference Core Principles

REFRESHEMENT – Bring spiritual, emotional, and physical refreshment to those who are caring for children from hard places or ministering to biological families. Lighten their burden through worship, whimsical generosity, fellowship, and rest.
Proverbs 11:25, Matthew 11:28, Exodus 33:14, Matthew 11:29, Mark 6:31, Psalm 46:10, Jeremiah 31:25, Acts 3:20-21

DISCIPLING – Provide Christ centered, biblically based teaching and discipling. Remind parents of God’s heart for the orphan and His ability to equip us for this journey of caring for the fatherless.
Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27, Hebrews 6:19

MINISTRY MINDED – Provide deep encouragement to those who have become “missionaries in their own home” by the testimony of love that pours out from their story to the world.
Matthew 5:16, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15, Matthew 5:13, Isaiah 43:10, Philippians 2:1-13, Ephesians 6:18

POST-PLACEMENT SUPPORT – Support families with quality teaching that promotes attachment and connection as well as sound biblical teaching that promotes deeper faith in the God of hope.
Romans 15:13, Proverbs 1:7, James 1:5-6, James 3:17, Romans 12:2

EQUIP THE BODY – Provide high quality teaching and practical tools to all parents in hopes and expectation that disruptions will be prevented and relationships will strengthen between parent and child.
Proverbs 31:28-31, Romans 8:16-17, 1 Peter 3:8, John 13:35, Philippians 2:1-3, Colossians 3:14, 1 John 4:12, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Galatians 5:22-23

COLLABORATIVE EFFORT – The body of Christ working together to offer a high quality conference at a low price so that anyone who needs support will be able to attend. The local Church providing real and practical help to all who stepped in to care for an orphaned and vulnerable child.
1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

OUTLANDISH LOVE – “No Way” Factor reflects our desire to show outlandish love to parents through generosity. Reflect God’s love and favor through the giving of scholarships, gifts and services to parents who are walking the difficult road of foster care and adoption. Provide a tangible expression of His love for caregivers through the offering of gifts and services.
Matthew 10:42, Acts 20:35, 2 Corinthians 9:13, Luke 6:37-38, Deuteronomy 15:10, Luke 6:28, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

SAFE HARBOR – Provide a safe place where parents can find grace for past mistakes, comfort for current circumstances, and encouragement for a better future. Romans 8:28, James 5:16, Isaiah 43:18-19, Romans 12:2, Romans 8:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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