Infertility is a reality, and many of you might have troubles reading stories about having children because at this point, you do not have any of your own. As you pray concerning children, maybe you should consider that God has given you children already – you just may not have birthed them yourselves.
James wrote, “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27). It is God’s will for every Christian to do something about the horrific state of orphans today. You might pray, give, or some of you might decide to mimc what God did with us and rescue an orphan from the clutches of fear and isolation.
Recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, believed himself to be done with raising children after his three children were getting to a certain age. That was until his daughter, Emily, began pushing her parents concerning the need of adoption. Three adoptions later, with one ending in shocking death yet ultimate victory in Christ, the Chapmans are convinced now more than ever the need to rescue the orphans of this world.
From the foster homes in your hometown to the international orphanages, if Christ’s hands and feet don’t rescue these children, who will? If you would like more information concerning how to make adoption a reality in your home or in your church, here are a few good starters:
- Show Hope – The Chapmans’ ministry to helping families financially and logistically prepare for adoption. Visit them at showhope.org.
- Highview Baptist Church – Pastor Kevin Ezell and his wife have adopted three international children and led his church to do even more than that. Their church has a fantastic Adoption Ministry that could be implemented in your church. Visit them at highviewbaptist.org.
- Adopted for Life – Southern Seminary’s School of Theology Dean, Russell Moore, (also a member of Highview Baptist Church) has also adopted. He has written an impacting and practical book on adoption entitled “Adopted for Life” which you can pick up at any major bookseller.