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Jay Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), has invited me to the White House Compassion in Action Roundtable this Friday. The theme of the Roundtable is "Faith and Community Solutions for Orphans and Vulnerable Children."

According to the invitation:

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President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative flows from the conviction that the most effective way to address our communities’ great needs is to draw upon the unique strengths of every willing community and faith-based partner. At the vanguard of efforts to care for orphans, foster children and other vulnerable youth are community nonprofits, faith-based groups and other dedicated service organizations. Any serious effort to address the great needs of our day must recognize these organizations as necessary and invaluable allies.

The Roundtable will focus on innovative policies and partnerships that are effectively aiding orphans and vulnerable children. The audience will be comprised of government officials, policymakers, business leaders, foundation representatives, philanthropists and faith-based and community leaders.  We have limited attendees to allow for more significant interaction and discussion.

After the necessary clearance by the Secret Service (not a slam dunk for me since I’m not a US citizen), we quickly re-arranged my Thailand trip to accommodate a quick visit to Washington D.C. this week.

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(Image: President George W. Bush addresses faith-based and community leaders at a prior Roundtable. White House photo by Joyce Naltchayan.)

We would greatly appreciate your prayers as I network and dialog with governmental, secular and ministry leaders…for the rescue and care of the orphan.