Why Are We Passionate About Orphans?
Adoption Is At The Very Heart Of The Gospel
The deepest and strongest foundation for adoption is not located in humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. God’s redemptive love is what leads us to adopt others in the name of Jesus.
Adoption is beautiful, but it’s not natural. It’s a result of the fall. Yet God, in his stunning grace, has redeemed what’s been broken. He not only redeems the fatherless; he’s woven adoption into the gospel itself. As John Piper has observed, “The gospel is not a picture of adoption. Adoption is a picture of the gospel.” A heart for adoption first starts with the startling truth that God adopted us into His family.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
There Is Great Need
The number of orphans around the world and in the United States is staggering. In the United States alone, there are roughly 120,000 orphans and over 400,000 in the foster care system. There are nearly 18 million orphans living in orphanages or on the streets. It is impossible for us, as followers of Jesus, to sit by and not care for these orphans. God has blessed us with resources – homes, vehicles, community – to care for the orphans among us, and as a church we must move forward together and do what we can to meet this huge need.
How We Champion Adoption
Creating and Cultivating a Culture of Adoption
Our heart is to challenge families to consider adoption and foster care by sharing stories – stories of the needs in our world, and stories of families who have responded to the call to foster or adopt and how that has impacted their lives.
When we place our eyes on Jesus, our joy is found in Him and not in temporary ease and comfort. It is through proclaiming the gospel together that we are truly led to pursue adoption and foster care.
Once a year we have Orphan Sunday, when we share stories of families in our church who are involved in adoption, and remind each other of our gospel responsibility of caring for orphans. We also draw attention to these needs during our Christmas and Lenten seasons, and through fundraisers for families and our adoption fund.
One Family Adoption Fund
As a heart for adoption and foster care is cultivated within our church, our families often find themselves in need of financial help to complete the adoption process or meet immediate needs for foster kids. In response to these needs, we created the One Family Adoption Fund. We add to this fund throughout the year through individual donations, various church fundraisers, and our annual Christmas Conspiracy offering. If you’d like to donate to this special fund, click here.