Together for Adoption

I’m blogging early this morning because I have yet to find a way to set my children back an hour like I set my clocks.  It’s like government mandated jet lag.  But who can’t use an extra hour on a Sunday morning before church?


This weekend Erika and I drove up to Greeneville, South Carolina for the Together for Adoption Conference.  It was a very nice time for us to get away for a night without the kids.  Best of all we were surprised to find a PF Chang’s in Greeneville.  I’ve been deprived of PF Chang’s since leaving Arlington Heights.


The conference left us with a lot to think about and discuss on the way home. More than ever I am persuaded that adoption is a beautiful picture of the gospel.  According to Ephesians 1:3-6, adoption was God’s idea before He even created human beings.  When we adopt in this world we are demonstrating for those around us what God has done for us in adopting us to be His sons and daughters. 


Apart from the spiritual and practical implications of adoption a lot was said about the present orphan crisis.  It was said that there are close to 150 million orphans around the world, many of them in Africa.  When we consider this figure along with the fact that Jesus equated pure and undefiled religion with ministry to orphans (James 1:27) it is clear that the church has a responsibility to act.  We are praying that God would lead us to ways that we can do our part.

3 responses to “Together for Adoption

  • bean

    That’s so cool that you guys can be there at the conference. I need to email Erika and ask lots of adoption questions at some point as we are starting to investigate it for our family as well. Post some more about it! 🙂

  • Jenna Howard

    I just wanted to stop by and tell you I enjoy reading your blog. I am adopted and have three other adopted brothers and sisters and find such encouragement knowing you believe that adoption is a perfect depiction of the Gospel. thank you for sharing your thought on the matter. I am the Director of Public Relations for a non-profit organization called World Orphans. We build family style church based orphan homes all over the world and our mission is simple E3 to reach each church…each child…each community. I would love for you to take a look at our website and let me know if you have any questions. ( I hope you will have a glorious blessed day!

    Jenna M. Howard
    -Director of Public Relations

  • Christine Carr

    As an adoptive mom in nearby Hilton Head, SC, I was interested to find your blog. We also attended the Together 4 Adoption conference and we are starting an orophan care and adoption ministry in Hilton Head. Let us know if we can get any information to you, or if you have any questions. We as Christians CAN change the orphan crisis in this world, one child at a time.

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