In the past I’ve written about both adoption (click and scroll down) and the tragedy in Haiti (ditto); both are issues that I care about. My pastor and his wife are adoptive parents. On more than one occasion he’s challenged our church to be radically proactive when it comes to adoption. (You can listen to a couple of those sermons here and here.) On a more personal level, my family has prayed for and sponsored a child in Haiti for many years through Compassion International.
I noticed that Christianity Today featured an editorial yesterday that brought those two themes–adoption and Haiti–together once again.
For Christians, the biblical basis for adoption bears repeating. The Book of James beckons every true follower of Christ to become involved in the lives of orphans (and widows)…
Adoption experts provided CT with four ways churches can increase their involvement:
- give adoptive families space to tell their stories in church;
- find ways to give small starter grants to people interested in adopting;
- encourage the adoption of children with special needs; and
- develop a full spectrum of responses, from child sponsorship to adoption.
It’s good to be reminded, as we are in this article, that there are 210 million orphans in the world, and that it’s our responsibility as Christians to care for them. (Read it all.)