First Ever Google+ Hangout Concert Broadcast Live on YouTube For Adoption Awareness Announced For Sunday November 18, 7PM EST /

  First Ever Google+ Hangout Concert Broadcast Live on YouTube For Adoption
        Awareness Announced For Sunday November 18, 7PM EST / 4PM PST

PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Adoption Journey
Project, New Rhythm and Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) announced plans
for the first ever adoption awareness Google+ Hangout concert to be broadcast
live on YouTube. On Sunday, 7pm EST (4pm PST) November 18, the hour long web
event will feature songwriter and lead singer of the Jason Yost Band,
performing adoption themed songs as a part of the event. Concert organizers
chose to broadcast the concert live over the Internet during National Adoption
Month, officially designated by The White House, because of the intersection
of harnessing a social media platform and potential audience exposure to new
audiences on YouTube.

"We're excited because of the movement we're seeing in using music to further
adoption awareness. It's wonderful seeing how this event will help share the
critical needs of over 100,000 children in need of a loving family in this
country right now," said Marc Andreas, Vice-President of Client Marketing at
Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency. There are
roughly 420,000 children in the foster system in the U.S. today, with nearly
120,000 waiting to be adopted. Globally, an estimated 18.3 million children
have lost both parents.

During the concert, viewers will also hear from several adoption movement
advocates including: Mark Batterson - Lead pastor of National Community
Church, Ken Coleman of The Ken Coleman Show and Catalyst Conferences, Johnny
Carr - National Director of Church Partnerships for Bethany Christian
Services, Jedd Medefind, President of CAFO and New Rhythm Co-founder and CEO
Shelly Yost.

"What's exciting about the Adoption Awareness Live Google+ Hangout Concert is
that people can host a meaningful yet entertaining evening with friends simply
by inviting them over and tuning in together. Hopefully it can be the start
of some interesting conversations," said Jason Yost, who will lead the live
music concert.

All audience members who attend the live concert will be offered complimentary
downloads of two complete music albums: "Rescue Me" from the Jason Yost Band
and "Adoption Is Everywhere" compilation published by The Adoption Journey
Project. The free music download page is available at:

Details of the Adoption Awareness Google+ Hangout On Air Live YouTube Concert
WHEN: Sunday November 18, 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific
Pre-registration and free concert details:

The Adoption Journey Project is a collective of organizations who want to
break down the barriers to adoption - Bethany Christian Services, Lifesong for
Orphans, and Lifeline Children's Services. The goal is to foster honest
conversations about the adoption process, offer comprehensive yet easily
accessible information about domestic and international adoption, and connect
those who have already adopted with those who are thinking about it. Visit or follow on Twitter:@AdoptJourney

New Rhythm Project is a non-profit organization that works to educate,
communicate, and facilitate local communities to care for orphaned and abused
children across the globe. The organization is a collaboration of
professionals, specialists, & thinkers who are passionate about creating &
shaping opportunities for individuals & families to care for orphaned and
vulnerable children. Visit follow on Twitter:

The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian
organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, the joint
initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to reflect God's heart in
caring for orphans in adoption, foster care and global orphan care
initiatives. Visit or follow on
Twitter: @OrphanAlliance

Media inquiries: Kenny Jahng, [973.500.8536]

SOURCE / Bethany Christian Services
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