Sunday, August 30, 2009

Adoption as a ministry--and some resources

I know there are many different roads that bring various people to adoption. For us, adoption provided a way to have the children I so dearly wanted. To me it was a win-win situation: children were blessed with a family and families were blessed with children. And I still believe this. However, over the last several months I have also begun to see adoption as ministry--actually as missions. What better way to win someone for Jesus than to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord as provided in a Christian home.

I am passionate about adoption. In fact, I really believe God has called me to be involved in some kind of adoption-promotion ministry

I have been repeatedly encouraged in my calling and blessed by emails from a man named Gerald Clark who is involved with an organization called Home for Good Foundation.

I'd like to share some of the resources I've received from him.

First, here's the link to the Home for Good Foundation website where on the left hand side you can find links to a free downloadable Adoption Bible Study and Adoption Ministry Manual:

Secondly, I was so impressed with a resolution passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in June 2009 entitled "On Adoption and Orphan Care" that I wanted to share it here. I am not part of the Southern Baptist denomination but I can just imagine the huge positive impact this can have on the lives of the orphaned and abandoned children of our planet. What if every Christian denomination adopted such a stance!

Next, I just received this link to a You Tube video by a Rev John Piper called "Adoption is Greater than the Universe"

And finally while viewing the above video, I saw a powerful, touching adoption video called "They Chose Me"

I hope you are blessed by some or all of these.

1 comment:

Alice said...

Thanks for posting these resources, Joy. I can't wait to check them out, especially the bible study. I don't know how I've missed checking your blog for the last month. I am caught up now. Steven looks great.