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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Pastors Breakfast with Tom Davis

tom-davis-photoThis morning ABBA  Fund,  Carolines Promise, and Weaving Families sponsored a breakfast for pastors and ministry leaders on orphan care and adoption. It was a joy to do this together as three ministries working towards a similar cause and hope to do more together down the road.

We had a local pastor share his story of adopting two boys from Ethiopia and how God provided financial assistance through Caroline’s Promise. We also had a local church share their experience starting an orphan and adoption ministry. 

For the main part of the hour Tom Davis, President of Children’s Hope Chest and author of Fields of the Fatherless, spoke on God’s heart for the orphan. Through his own experience, scripture, and what he sees going on in the church today Tom challenged us with God’s special care for the orphans and the fact that He has called His church to be the incarnate presence of Christ towards them today. He spoke about Barna’s research into the current state of the church today and how so many young people are giving up on traditional forms of church because they are not finding what they read in Scripture being lived out in their churches. Instead folks are turning to online communities to connect with fellow believers who share similar passions for the poor and orphaned. He quoted Amos 5:21-24

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it.”

He then went on to quote Matthew 25:31-40, pointing out this is Jesus’ description of what will happen when we stand before him in eternity and he separates the sheep and the goats.

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:37-40)

He ended by encouraging all those present who are people of influence in their churches and communities to not settle for neutrality (which he noted, fuels oppression and can be defined as evil itself) but to mobilize God’s people to live for justice and Jesus glory. 

I was reminded afresh that this is indeed at the core of what we are called too. And, what an incredible mystery and joy to actually care for Jesus through our care for the orphans and poor of the world. God is at work in this world bringing His kingdom and we have the privilege of being His instruments! What better thing is there to wake up in the morning too?

’10 Ways to Pastor Adoptive Parents and Those Considering Adoption’

There are many ways that you can express your pastoral care for those considering adoption and those who have adopted already. As an adoptive father and former pastor, I offer a few thoughts on how to help adoption become a biblically based, heart-led, missional movement in your church and not merely another program on your church’s list.

Read the whole post over at the Desiring God blog.

Welcome Home Cordell Family

The Cordell’s recently returned home from Ethiopia with their new daughter, Mercy! We were blessed to help them with an interest-free loan through our LegacyChild ministry.

Sean is a gifted pastor of an inner city church seeking to reach their neighborhood and the nations with the Gospel. Give them a visit on their blog here and if you’re in the Raleigh area you can join them for worship!