REFRESH 2016

    Refresh is an annual conference designed to create community
    for those caring for the modern day orphan
    according to the heart of the Father.


    REFRESH 2017

    Refresh is an annual conference designed to create community
    for those caring for the modern day orphan
    according to the heart of the Father.





Celebrate Casting a Vision for Orphan Care in Your Church

January 30, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Speaker: Randy Harling

This breakout could be lovingly called, "How to get your pastor to do what you want him to do...". If you feel led to create a ministry in your church that will care for the fatherless, support and encourage your own adoptive and fostering families, you might be thinking, "How in the world can we do this?" It all starts with the culture and a vision. Randy Harling will share what happened in his life and the life of First Baptist Simpsonville as they embarked on the ministry of orphan care.

Celebrating Your 12 Passenger Van

January 30, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Speaker: Tammy Carlisle and Christy Irons

Are they ALL yours?" Just one of the many questions you may be asked (...over & over...) when you have a large family. Whether you already have several children or plan to one day, come hear from two seasoned moms who have welcomed many children to their families through adoption. Learn some practical tips for 'making it work', learn how to manage a large household, learn about the struggles and the absolute joys of having a large family.

Celebrating With Our Brothers and Sisters

January 30, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Speaker: Carlisle and Weldie kids

Are you curious, or even concerned, about the impact fostering or adoption may have on your biological children? If so, you aren't the only one! Though there will be ups & downs, it can truly be an amazing experience for the entire family. Come listen to what these two adult bio-siblings have to say regarding growing up in a large foster & adoptive family. Be prepared with any questions you may have! - Carlisle and Weldie kids.

Celebrating Home Studies, Dossiers, Social Workers and Lawyers: Adoption 101

January 30, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Speaker: Aimee Gobeli and Betsy Tanner

Are you in the deciding phase? What are the differences between foster to adopt, domestic, infant, and international adoption? What is a dossier and why do I need one?  How can I figure out which type of orphan care is for my family? This breakout will lead you in a discussion that will answer the basics of fostering and adoption. Also, get some practical ideas about fundraising for your adoption.

Celebrating The Journey: Trauma: Impacting Body, Brain, Belief

January 30, 2016 @ 2:45 PM
Speaker: Hannah Fay

Learn about the long term impact of trauma on development from pre-natal to adolescence

Celebrate BEFORE Your "Happily Ever After"

January 30, 2016 @ 2:45 PM
Speaker: Mandie Joy and Chalice

Are you single but have dreamed of the day you and your husband would foster or adopt? Have you thought about pursuing care for the fatherless before your "happily ever after"? Come hear from two women doing just that! Mandie Joy and Chalice will share their personal experiences, the ups and downs, the challenges and the joys of single parenting.

Celebrate Starting An Orphan Care Ministry

January 30, 2016 @ 2:45 PM
Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Littleton, Founder of A Home For Me

The local church is uniquely to positioned to equip and support adoptive and Foster families, both before and after placement. Learn how your church can serve these families. This breakout is hosted by Dr. Rhonda Littleton who founded A Home For Me at First Baptist Simpsonville Church in Simpsonville, SC.

Celebrate Connecting While Correcting

January 30, 2016 @ 4:30 PM
Speaker: Hannah Fay

How to maintain the relationship and achieve real learning while confronting negative behavior

Celebrating Diversity in Orphan Care: It's Not Just About Adoption

January 30, 2016 @ 4:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Littleton, Mandie Joy and Chalice Howard

Caring for the fatherless through a church ministry can be about so much more than adoption! Churches are uniquely positioned to champion the cause of the fatherless in a multitude of ways; child sponsorship, local foster care, government, fair trade, fund raising....the list could go on and on. Rhonda, Mandie Joy and Chalice will share their personal experiences with business (Sarah Jane Project), international foster care, domestic foster care, short term mission trips and all the ways your church can DO SOMETHING.

Celebrating Every Child

January 30, 2016 @ 4:30 PM
Speaker: Tammy Carlisle and Traci Weldi

When entering the world of special needs parenting, the list of new things to learn may feel endless. It can be an overwhelming and emotional journey, but it is so worth it! Come hear from two moms who have faced raising children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, countless medical conditions and various special needs (including down syndrome, autism, ADHD, etc.). Learn what some of the medical terms mean, different treatment approaches & encouragement in how to handle the emotional end of it all.

Celebrating Intimacy with the Father: Date With God

January 30, 2016
Speaker: Date With God

The Date with God is really about inviting the presence of the Lord into your adoption and foster care story. This is a time set aside to simply BE: be still, be prayerful, be quiet. Lights will be dimmed and soft worship music playing the entire time. You will have the opportunity to rotate between several stations that will encourage you to fellowship with our Abba Father. During a Date With God you will be able to paint, pray over specific prayer requests, pray over the nations, journal, read the Bible, or simply be still. You will want to find time in your day at Refresh to have this Date With God.

This will be offered during all 3 breakout sessions.


Tony Perdomo


Mandie Joy and Chalice

Ugandan Missionaries - SC native - Adoptive and Foster moms

Randy Harling

President of Connie Maxwell Children's Home

Hannah Fay

Back2Back Ministries


Saturday morning will be a continental breakfast of bagels, fruit and juice. Saturday lunch will be soup and salad and pasta will be served for dinner.
Friday evening, January 29th doors open at 6:15 PM and the evening session starts at 7:00 PM. Saturday, January 30th doors open at 8:00 AM for breakfast and registration. The first session starts at 9:00 AM.
Children are welcome to attend on Friday evening. Child care is provided at no additional cost. Please just register with the necessary details regarding your family by Friday, January 15th so the team can plan appropriately.
We have four main speakers as well as 12+ speakers for our breakout sessions. You can find the featured speakers bios under “featured speakers” on the website
This conference is for moms involved in foster care, adoption, are waiting as well as for ministry leaders to learn how to create an orphan ministry or those who want to learn how to support these efforts.
Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you after you register.
Yes. Hampton Inn Greenville/Travelers Rest located at 592 Roe Center Ct., Travelers Rest, SC 29690. Travelers Rest is a short drive to the church (10-15 minutes) and less than 20 minutes to beautiful downtown Greenville.



  • Katie Smith

    The Refresh Conference was exactly what this adoptive mom needed! I felt my burdens being lifted as I laughed, cried, and shared with other moms who were on their own journeys of adoption. The speakers were so encouraging and real! The breakout sessions were informative and relevant. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this amazing event!

  • Heather Ward

    We were just months into our adoption when I heard about Refresh. I was so excited that the cost was so reasonable, and that it was right in Greenville! I knew if anything happened at home I was right there. I went and was truly refreshed to find other like-minded women who could really understand! The breakout sessions were perfect and so applicable to what we were going through. I knew a lot of thought and prayer had gone into planning this conference. I learned so much and met our counselor who now works with our family and our kids. I was so inspired that I volunteered to help for the following year. Thank you to all who put so much time and effort into Refresh 2015!

  • Corrie

    I came last year and it was so impacting for me. I am a foster mom here in Spartanburg, and unfortunately we dont have the same network of like-minded foster moms here that other communities like Greenville seems to have. That was for me the most precious thing about Refresh: it was two days with other moms who seemed to understand and share my experiences. Thats just not something I have!

  • Lolo

    Awesome Job Ladies! It was a lovely weekend. Rocking my awesome necklace and REFRESH t-shirt. Thank you for the great gifts.

  • Natalie

    Refresh was exactly what I needed as a new foster parent. The testimonials, breakouts, and connections I got to make with other women in the trenches were truly invaluable to me. I look forward to attending next year!