College Students and Adoption

Todd Engstrom, Minister of Connections/Director of College Ministry at The Austin Stone Community Church, has some great thoughts on college students and adoption:

For many college students, there perspective of normal family life is driven by the foundation laid by their parents primarily, but secondarily by the relationships they see closest to the time when marriage and family becomes a reality.

There is enormous potential for college ministries to create a culture of adoption which shifts the coming generation’s perspective of “normal family planning”.

Reflecting on my own journey, I didn’t really consider adoption honestly because I had never really thought about it.  I had no real example of adoption as a tangible display of the gospel, and at best in my mind it was an alternative for people who could not conceive naturally.  I’m wondering if I had encountered it in college, when the idea of family became somewhat of a reality in the not-too-distant future, if I might have considered a different path for our family (sovereignty of God issues aside…).

Pray with me that God would breath a spirit of adoption into the hearts of college ministries across the globe!

Amen! Will you join me in praying this with Todd? And, if you are a college student, or you know one, we have a discounted rate for our adoption & orphan care conference this October! $25, lunch included. Need I say more!

2 thoughts on “College Students and Adoption

  1. We brought our 6 year old daughter home from Ethiopia in February, and already, I hear the language changing in the campus ministry we work for, and in the conversations with the alumni of our ministry. Suddenly we’re meeting with married couples who want more information about adopting….we’re hearing students say things like “I’d like to adopt after I get married”….It’s not something my husband I have been intentional about promoting, but just seeing it happen has helped students see how possible it is to make a difference through the miracle of adoption!

    • Gretchen,
      Thank you so much for sharing that! How encouraging! Adoption is truly a visible picture of the gospel. I think that is why is resonates so deeply for so many – even unmarried college students!

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