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More than you might think…

10 Dec

We are really looking forward to hosting a Together for Adoption conference here in South Africa.

Sometimes though when we talk about this conference people seem to think it is only for people who are about to adopt or who are in a place where they are able to adopt. What we hope to express is that the conference is really about something even bigger than that.

I recently read this explanation over at Together for Adoption’s web-site that I think gives great insight into part of our motivation behind this conference.

“Adoption’s recovery would enable us to express the forensic character of the Gospel (i.e. we are declared righteous through faith in Christ) without neglecting its familial character (i.e. we are loved by the Father in the Beloved Son). In Adoption the forensic and familial elements of the Gospel ‘live and move and have [their] being’ together.

Adoption showcases both what we have been saved from and what we saved to. Once we were “sons of disobedience” and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3), but now we are sons by Adoption (Ephesians 1:4-5). Although we were once the lost sons of Adam and under the just wrath of God, we are now in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6) with a future as marvelous and as sure as the incarnate Son’s (Romans 8:12-30). Scripture’s teaching on Adoption enables us to better articulate both what we were in Adam and what we are now in Christ. The more we embrace and proclaim what the theology of Adoption teaches about what we were and what we are now as sons in the Son, the more our experience of the gospel will be revolutionized within our churches.

We also believe that nothing can mobilize churches to carry out the practice of true religion (“visit orphans and widows in their affliction” – James 1:27) like a robust understanding of our Adoption through Christ. Scripture’s story of Adoption is the story of God visiting us in our affliction (Romans 8:3-4, 18-23)—like He visited His son Israel in his affliction (Exodus 4:31)—in order to deliver us from it. Therefore, ultimately, we visit orphans and widows in their affliction because God first visited us in ours. If any group of people should be passionate about visiting orphans in their affliction, it should be the children of God. There is no other group of people that should be more easily mobilized to care for orphans. Period. Visiting orphans in their distress mirrors what God has done for us in ours.”

For more information check out adoptionconference.co.za!

A Soul-Satisfying, Soul-Ravishing Consolation

20 Jan

“Oh who can utter the soul-satisfying, soul-ravishing consolation that there is in this, that the same God that is the God of Jesus Christ is my God, and the same Father that is the Father of Jesus Christ is my Father.”

Jeremiah Burroughs

Wanted…

17 Jan

One of the great pictures that the apostle Paul used to help us understand what has happened in our salvation is that of adoption. He speaks of being adopted five times which may not seem like a lot but is actually more than he even speaks of regeneration. Add to that the fact that he describes every member of the Trinity being involved in the adoption process and that Paul traces our adoption from before the foundation of the world to the end of it and you begin to see that this is an important idea.

To be a Christian is to be adopted. But what does that mean exactly?

It is not all that complicated. To be adopted is to be legally transferred from one family to another and as a result to be given all the rights, privileges and honor that goes along with being part of your new family. As one writer explains, “Adoption in the Roman world brought changes to every area of the adoptee’s life. Principally, adoption constituted a break with the old family and on the other a commitment to the new family, along with all its attending privileges and responsiblities.”

Wow. Salvation is huge. When God saves us, he does not only forgive us and declare us righteous, he makes us a real part of His family. Think about that. If you are a believer you are wanted. You belong. At great cost to Himself, because of His loving delight in you, God has chosen you to be His child. Can you think of a greater privilege in all the world than that?

The most orphan caring people on the planet…

9 Nov

Dan Cruver:

Scripture commands all Christians to love, forgive and welcome others, but it does not command all Christians to adopt. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even require that some Christians adopt.

What we can say with absolutely certainty, though, is that God the Father does expect those whom He adopts to visit orphans in their affliction (James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans…”). My point is simply this: the Love that adopted us becomes a love in us that cares for orphans. As Christians, we should be moved and empowered to visit the fatherless because God himself visited us when we were without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:11-13). For some, this visiting will mean adoption; for others, it may involve helping others adopt or joining with other Christians to provide some form of humanitarian aide or support for orphaned and vulnerable children.

However we Christians are involved in visiting orphans in their affliction, it should be Christianity’s vertical to horizontal movement that moves us out in compassion. Christians should not only be the most loving, forgiving and welcoming people on the planet, we should also be the most orphan-caring.

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From gathering information to changing diapers…

12 May

Some friends of ours go into speak about the possibility of adopting.

They just were going in to gather information, find out the next steps. They sit, speak with the social worker, and tell her that they aren’t concerned about color. The social worker looks a bit shocked, you aren’t? Wait a second.

She picks up the phone, makes a call, I found parents for that baby boy.

Then looks back at my friends, I have a baby for you, you can go pick him up now.

From looking for information to being parents in a day. What a special privilege.

They aren’t sure how old he is, but they say he’s beautiful. The birth mom apparently handed him to a lady at a taxi rank and said I’ll be right back, I just have to go the bathroom and never returned and now they are parents.

Nice.

It makes me wonder if there is a need in South Africa for people to care for babies? No, actually it doesn’t. I know there is because it is so similar to what happened to us.

A must read…

17 Apr

An adoption story…

Love it…

13 Mar