In one of the most popular chapters of the Bible, Jeremiah 29, we find a powerful statement from the Lord about how we ought to view the city…and how we should care for its orphans. Speaking to His people who have been exiled by the Babylonians and in fear of mixing with them, God says through His prophet:
“Multiply there (in the city), and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the lord on it’s behalf, for in it’s welfare you will find your welfare ” Jeremiah 29:6-7
When we think about seeking the “welfare of our city” there is much we can do. The needs are many. Amidst it all, the need of caring for the orphans of the city is massive. In any given metropolis in America there are literally hundreds of children that have no family and no permanent home. Over 400,000 children in America are in foster care. Over 104,000 children are literal orphans with no permanent family, most of whom are living in the neighborhoods of our cities. In Austin, TX alone there are 244 of these dear children that are waiting to be adopted.
Imagine if the church took seriously this call to “seek the welfare of the city” and made caring for every child in foster care and every child available for adoption a part of that mission. What if the church became more known for its care of the children than for what it is against in our cities.
What if our cities were filled only with waiting parents instead of waiting children!
Providing permanent families for all the waiting children in our city is not an impossible task. It may just be the greatest opportunity the church has today to seek the renewal of our cities for God’s glory!
The Joint Council on International Children’s Services is notifying families about the opportunity to complete a survey about your intercountry adoption experience. This survey will inform policy makers on adoptive families’ experiences when interacting with U.S. government officials during the intercountry adoption process. This is a chance for you to provide input and your candid answers are appreciated.
ABBA Fund is currently holding steady in the Top 20 to be considered for a $50,000 Giving of Life Grant, but we need your help to stay there! The voting officially ends Friday, November 4th!
Is ABBA Fund a ministry that has captured your heart? Here are some quick and easy steps you can take help us:
VOTE…and then VOTE AGAIN!
If you have not voted yet, please visit the ABBA Fund’s Giving of Life webpage. There you will find the VOTE button and that’s all it takes – just one click of a mouse!
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A big thank you to all those supporters who have voted for ABBA Fund and encouraged friends and family to vote also! We are so grateful to you for helping us partner with Christian couples on their adoption journey!
We are excited about the upcoming release of Katie Davis‘ book, ‘Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. Dan Cruver says:
“As I read Katie’s book, I felt like I was reading Amy Carmichael. As Amy did in her life, Katie shows Jesus to be amazingly wonderful not only in what she writes, but also in how she selflessly cares for the fatherless. If you want to love Jesus more and better understand his love for the least of these, read Kisses from Katie. She is for our generation what Amy was for hers: a hero in fulfilling God’s call to care for orphans.”
We are looking forward to having Katie join us at the Together for Adoption House Conference in Nashville on Oct 1st. Stay tuned for more information!
One of the most powerful sermon series I have listened to in my life is David Platt’s Radical Series [You can listen to them here]. It will challenge you and make you uncomfortable in all the ways most of us American Christians need to be made uncomfortable. What I appreciate is that Platt does this with the gospel, so there is hope for us and for our world in desperate need.
I am excited that Platt has put this into book form to be released in May. You can download and read the first chapter here. Here is a short excerpt:
This brings us to the crucial question for every professing or potential follower of Jesus: Do we really believe he is worth abandoning everything for? Do you and I really believe that Jesus is so good, so satisfying, and so rewarding that we will leave all we have and all we own and all we are in order to find our fullness in him?
Do you and I believe him enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture—and maybe in our churches—turn the other way?