March 7, 2014

Opening back up for speaking engagements!

Need someone to kick off your church's focus on service or adoption?

Want to inspire your book club or community group to dig a little deeper into investigating child trafficking and how you can make a difference in your community?

Need a keynote speaker who will inspire, entertain and educate?

"When Charisa speaks, people listen and feel inspired into action. Her messages and wisdom come from an honest and heartfelt place of deep faith, love and compassion for all humans.  Charisa is informed, entertaining, real and funny. You will meet her and feel you've known her for years. You will glean from her wisdom and feel encouraged to take that next brave step on the journey towards your calling, be it adoption or being of greater service to your community, world or faith."
Allison Waddell- fellow adoptive mom and Oct 2013 Project HOPEFUL Awassa Team

Please email for scheduling and openings.

Sample Topics:

Walking Out Faith
Not just saying you have faith...but living it out in your life.

Bringing Justice to Church
How to engage your church in justice.

Coming Full Circle
Hurt. Redemption. Healing. Life Abundant.

Our Family...on Mission!
How to make missions or service a part of your daily family life.

When God Breaks Out of Your Box
The story of our adoptions: We had one plan. God had another.

Serving Right at Home
Developing a love and compassion for your own community and how to serve them.

Trafficking 101
What is it and how does it affect me and what can I do?
(can be geared to adults or to teens)

Safeguarding Your Children
Balancing wisdom and fear

Bringing HOPE
What God is doing with Project HOPEFUL Awassa in Ethiopia

The Justice Mission
Using IJM's curriculum, leading your teen group to learn about trafficking and God's heart on it and ending with a service project.

Other talks can be be done to fit with your organization's desire or need at the time.

Charisa's bio can be downloaded at the link below:
Charisa Knight's bio

March 5, 2014

Have you put God in a box?

This was originally posted over at The Forgotten Initiative’s Blog:

Does God ever jump out of the box that you put Him in?  That has happened to me specifically over and over again.

“God…I can’t do this”

“This is too hard”

“I can’t handle ________”

“There is no way I could ever do that”

“I’ll do this IF it’s exactly like this”

Then God breaks out of the box I have put Him in and does His thing. …saying

“No, you can’t do this. Alone. but you can with Me.”

“ can’t handle that. On your own. But you can with Me.”

“Yes, there is a way you could do that. If I called you to it”

“Trust me, you don’t want it your way. You would miss the blessings I have for you along the way”

I will admit some of those times have been the hardest in my life. I have hurt more than I have ever thought possible. I have cried for justice for those that I love. I have been mad and furious at times and things that are unfair.  But… I would not ever trade these experiences for a “easier” life.


I have learned so much about God and myself.

I have learned how to love and be loved. I have learned true compassion and grace.

I have learned what wounds can do to a soul and how healing and redemption transforms.

I have seen miracles happen in hearts and lives.

I have learned what God can do when I stop trying to control my life and just follow Him.

I would like to ask everyone who is reading this to ask yourself what box have you put God in? Could there be something He is asking you to do that is outside the parameters you have set for Him and for yourself?

Could it be foster care?

Being open to an older child in your home?

Mentoring and loving on some vulnerable youth?

Working with a biological family to help them learn what family and love is?

Adopting a child that needs a family and love?

Opening yourself up to joining in TFI’s mission to love and care for those hurting in our own communities?

(TFI Augusta County needs people on our team right now to help with some of our initiatives! Email on how you can get involved!)

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