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Get Involved in October: Expo 2016

What does ‘Love your neighbor’ even mean?

How do you love your neighbors when you don’t even know who they are?

Do you ever sense there are people in need right in your own community, but you have no idea where to begin to help them?

Have you ever felt God calling you to adopt or foster a child, support an adoptive or foster family, help a single mom, learn more about issues like human trafficking, work with refugees, or serve the poor and underserved right here in Pittsburgh?

This is the event for you.

It’s one day only, and it’s this Saturday, October 22.

Expo 2016 is a free conference featuring keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panels of people sharing their stories, and representatives from local and national organizations.

This year’s theme is Love Your Neighbor.

Who are your neighbors?

  • trafficking victims
  • foster children
  • refugees
  • single moms
  • foster families
  • orphans
  • adoptive families

Whether these are the kind of “neighbors” you know or have contact with on a daily basis, they are members of our community. Won’t you take the first step toward learning how to love them better? Won’t you take the time to listen to their stories?

Maybe you have friends or family members who have taken a step toward adopting or fostering and you want to support them, or maybe you’ve taken a step and started the adoption or foster care process. You’ll learn so much, I promise, and you’ll discover organizations and resources to help you every step of the way. Maybe you’ve always had a heart for refugees and want to learn how to help. You’ll find out how to partner with organizations that serve this community right here in Pittsburgh. Finally, maybe you’ve heard about the issue of modern-day slavery in the form of human trafficking but you thought it only happened in other countries. The breakout sessions focused on trafficking will shed light on this important and widespread problem and what you can do to make a difference now.

8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
North Way Christian Community
12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090
Register online by Monday, October 17, or at the door the day of the event.

Schedule

You can find the complete schedule here. And check out the list of exhibitors!

Speakers

The keynote speakers are Bishop Aaron Blake and his son, Diego Fuller.

Bishop Aaron Blake and his wife were empty nesters having raised six children already when they opened their home and heart to one foster son, Diego. A year later, their home was filled with six teenage foster sons.

Diego Fuller was a troubled kid with a family who neglected him. He was a foster child whose life was forever changed when he became engrafted into the Blake family. He is now a nationally known gospel recording artist.

The complete list of speakers is available here.

Sharing is caring

Spread the word on social media, visit expo16.org for more information, register online today, and please stop by my table and say hi. I’ll be there representing Noonday Collection for the third year, and I can tell you from experience you do not want to miss this event.

See you Saturday!