Info Meeting - Plano, TX

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Monday, June 11, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Hope Center

2001 W Plano Pkwy

Plano, TX 75075

Come learn about ways to get involved in Lifeline’s orphan care ministry! As Christians, the Biblical call to care for the orphan is made possible by our own adoption into the Body of Christ. Join us for an open and honest conversation about gospel centered orphan care and learn more about practical steps to engage as a community of believers. We’ll discuss domestic and international adoption, as well as caring for children who may never be adopted across the world. Our executive director, Herbie Newell, and Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton, will be there in person to share more about our heart at Lifeline alongside our Texas staff. Additionally, we will have the honor to host a special guest speaker, Elena Martinez, coming all the way from Colombia. Elena is the director of one of the most influential and prominent orphanages in Colombia. This will be an excellent way to meet Lifeline and learn more about ways you can get involved!


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Herbie Newell, President of Lifeline Children’s Services: Herbie is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms. Herbie holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Samford University. He worked with WAKM Companies, LLC, a prominent accounting firm, for several years as an independent auditor before being led to Lifeline. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as the Executive Director. From January 2004 to December 2008, he served as the president of the Alabama Adoption Coalition. Herbie was chosen as a Hague Intercountry Adoption evaluator and team leader by the Council of Accreditation. Under Herbie’s leadership, Lifeline has increased international outreach to 25 countries through adoption and strategic orphan care, obtained licensure in 12 states, attained membership into the ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), and established the foster care arm of ministry at Lifeline. Herbie has been invited to speak at many events concerning adoption and the church’s response to orphan care, including the National Council for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Together for Adoption, Care Net and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Having witnessed the plight of older orphans on many trips overseas, Herbie’s burden for the fatherless was a catalyst for forming (un)adopted in 2009, the strategic orphan care ministry of Lifeline focused on equipping orphaned and vulnerable children with life skills needed to bring about community transformation. During the summer of 2013, Herbie and his family traveled for 7 weeks throughout China, working hands-on with (un)adopted and orphanage partners. Also, during the summer of 2018, he and his family served for 5 weeks in Colombia with Lifeline’s adoption and orphan care partners.  He and his wife, Ashley, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are parents to son, Caleb, and daughters, Adelynn and Emily.


Rick MortonRick Morton, Vice President of Engagement: As Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Holding both the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Rick taught on the faculty of his alma mater as well as the faculties of Bryan College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 26 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. Rick has also recently gained the title of “Doc” in his new role as a very proud grandpa!


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Elena Martinez, Director of FANA: Elena Martinez is the director of FANA, Foundation for the assistance for Abandoned Children, and has been in this position for fourteen years. Her parents founded FANA 46 years ago due to the number of children who needed families. Elena and her sister grew up very close to FANA and all efforts done to care for the children and to find families. As one of the institutions goals is to find families for children with special needs Elena and her colleges started the vacation program with Bienestar familiar 10 years ago and have been able to find families for 100 children.


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