In our own adoption experience I found myself often rehearsing these verses as we were desperately trusting God for finances, strength, wisdom, and open doors. There are plenty of practical resources available but the gospel (the good news of what God has done and promised to do in Christ) is the greatest resource we have to sustain us and carry us through.
“God will generously provide all you need.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…Look at the birds of they air; they do not sow or reap…and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” I John 5:14-15
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
“Jesus said, “If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him” Matthew 7:11
God delights to show that He is able to provide so that we get the joy and He gets the glory as the giver!
We 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
To register please email firstname.lastname@example.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.
If you are interested in adopting a child but wondering how you will pay for it, you will want to join Laura Beauvais-Godwin, the director of the SC Branch of Nightlight Christian Adoptions and myself, for a webinar: Financing Your Adoption. We will discuss the tax credit, employer benefits, loans and grants, and creative ways to raise awareness and funds for your adoption.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
9 p.m. EDT
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No need to register.
This webinar is FREE!
We just ask that if enjoy the webinar and believe that you can gain access to funds for an adoption that you did not know about, you can donate to the ABBA Fund or Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Suggested donation is $15.
You may join the webinar 20 minutes before the event; it is best to link to it at least 15 minutes before the event so that your computer has time to download the program.
This excerpt from George Muller’s Autobiography is a great example and encouragement of how to trust in the Lord and plead with Him alone for His provision:
My gracious Lord has not sent me help yet. Yesterday and today I have been pleading with God, giving reasons why He would be pleased to send help. The arguments I used are:
- I began the work for the glory of God that there might be visible proof of God supplying, in answer to prayer only, the necessities of the orphans. He is the living God and eager to answer prayer.
- God is the “Father of the fatherless,” and as their Father, He should be pleased to provide (see Psalm 68:5).
- I have received the children in the name of Jesus. Therefore, He, in these children, has been received, fed, and clothed (see Mark 9:36-37).
- The faith of many of the children of God has been strengthened by this work. If God withheld the means for the future, those who are weak in faith would be discouraged. If the ministry was continued, their faith might still further be strengthened.
- Many enemies would laugh if the Lord withheld supplies and say, “We knew that this enthusiasm would come to nothing.”
- Many of the children of God, who are uninstructed or in a carnal state, would feel justified to continue their alliance with the world in their ministries. They would continue in their unscriptural proceedings to raise money if He did not help me.
- God knows that I cannot provide for these children in my own strength. Therefore, He would not allow this burden to lie on me long without sending help.
- My fellow-laborers in the ministry also trust in Him.
- I would have to dismiss the children from under our scriptural instruction to their former companions if He does not help me.
- He could prove wrong those who said, “In the beginning supplies might be expected while the ministry is new, but after a while, people will lose interest and stop supporting it.”
- If He did not provide, how could I explain the many remarkable answers to prayer which He had given to me previously which have shown me that this work is of God?
In some small measure I now understand the meaning of that word, “how long,” which frequently occurs in the prayers of the Psalms. But even now, by the grace of God, my eyes are on Him only, and I believe that He will send help.”