Help CAN Authors Serve in Orlando This Summer

occgreenbus462x211What do you do on a Saturday morning with several hundred at-risk kids from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida?

Why, you have church, of course!

After you pick them up in 11 big buses and give them all a free breakfast.

That’s what founder Peter O’Driscoll and his team of volunteers do each week, and later this month I’ll be joining them along with other authors from Christian Authors Network (CAN). For two hours we’ll be talking, laughing, playing, and praying with the kids of Orlando Children’s Church.

occ_saturday-75-of-138-150x150This special literacy/mission event is being hosted by CAN and the Christian Booksellers Association before the start of the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando June 28-July1. CBA and ICRS traditionally partner with a local ministry in the city hosting the show each year. A special offering for the ministry will be taken at the Sunday night worship service at the show, and retailers and exhibitors may donate throughout the show as well.

You can learn more directly from O’Driscoll in this compelling video about the work of Orlando Children’s Church. And you can help me and other CAN authors as we reach out with Jesus’ love.

We’ll be filling a bag for each child–with a Christian book, bookmarks, pencils, and other literacy-related items–and donations are needed. You can contact CAN’s public relations director, Carol McAdams Moore, for information and addresses for mailing items or making a financial contribution.

And you can pray!

  • Pray for the children who will attend the event. Pray that they will be healthy and available to attend.
  • Pray for the authors who will be talking with the children. Pray that God will give us words that will speak to the hearts of the children.

Thanks in advance for partnering with me and CAN authors as we reach out to the kids of Orlando Children’s Church!


– Diane

2 Responses to “Help CAN Authors Serve in Orlando This Summer”

  1. Reply Peggy Wirgau

    This caught my eye because I met Carol at a writers conference last year, and my daughter and son-in-law live in Orlando. What a great event to be part of! Is this an annual event for the kids? I’d love to join you next year!

  2. Reply Diane Stortz

    Hi Peggy! Carol is a dear, isn’t she!

    CBA has served the Orlando Children’s Church one other time when the retail show was in Orlando, but I think this is the first time CAN has been involved. The kids meet every Saturday though, so maybe if you contact the leadership you could help out on a weekend when you are visiting your family.

    Thanks for commenting!

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