Desert Springs Orphan Care & Adoption Video

One of our church partners, Desert Springs Church, put together this great video for Orphan Sunday. Love seeing all the families who have adopted and those who have committed to adopting!

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Desert Springs Adoption Ministry

Picture 55Desert Springs Church started their adoption ministry this past year and just launched their new website. It has been a joy to partner with them in providing administration for their adoption fund. Already a number of families have been helped through this fund by Desert Springs. I love the section on the site listing the families who have adopted, are in the process, and are thinking about adoption. I also love their adoption ministry mission statement:

Spread God’s glory broader and deeper by…

…cultivating a culture of adoption at DSC by purposefully reflecting on our adoption into God’s family through Christ.

…mobilizing couples and families to adopt by offering education and training.

…helping to remove financial barriers.

…mobilizing the body of Christ to support adoptions by adopting the adopters.

…communicating what God is doing through DSC adoptions.

Launching a Church Adoption Fund Webinar – Sept 15th

Picture 3We had great response to our last webinar in August and as mentioned our next one is on Launching a Church Adoption Fund. Join us as we explore how churches can help families meet the financial challenge to adoption costs. This webinar will provide an overview of how to establish a simple yet effective church adoption assistance fund.

September 15th, 2009
1pm EST
To register please email info@abbafund.org

This webinar is ideal for lay people, pastors, elders, staff, adoption ministry teams, anyone interested in how their church can be a part of helping families with the cost of adoption.

Family Leaving for Ethiopia Today

It is a joy when we see families travel to pick up their adopted children! Today the Rush family from Desert Springs Church (one of our church adoption fund partners) leaves to pick up their new adopted daughter from Ethiopia. I love what one of their pastor’s wrote to them to encourage them:

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to write a quick note to say how proud of you I am today (I know that sounds dumb and paternal, but it’s really how I feel) as you embark on this journey to the other side of the world. You are helping our church see a picture of the Gospel that we need to see much more of. I praise God for this. You are laying down your lives for “the least of these” and this is one of our primary callings in this broken world. You have taken a great step of faith that will change her life, but also yours and those who watch you with eyes of faith. As you live out the promise that it is more blessed to give than receive, know that God’s Spirit goes with you and will never leave you nor forsake you. Always remember that God is holding your precious daughter with a much tighter grip than we ever could. I know we both share great comfort in this truth and may it give you rock solid confidence as you look into the future with your beautiful new family member. Know that we love you and will be praying for you earnestly in these next seven days.

We love you,

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