Well that depends.....I do believe that adoption is a "calling". Orphan care, however, is absolutely a command from God to all believers. You can find those commands in scripture and they are pretty clear. Many of you who know our story, know that this is where Shawn and I struggled for several months before making a prayerful decision to adopt. We agreed that we were commanded to do "something" about the 147 million orphans in the world but we were not sure of what. Obviously, after much prayer and attending the Together for Adoption conference, it was clear, God was asking us to physically adopt a child in need of a home and family. What a blessing that He would consider us worthy of such a high calling. However, that doesn't excuse us from being involved in and promoting orphan care. Orphan advocacy is one of our greatest passions and we plan to spend the rest of our lives fighting for the needs of these precious children. We have huge dreams for where we hope this passion takes our family in the future and pray that God will allow these dreams to be reality for us some day soon.
As for now, well, we will continue pursuing our baby girl in Ethiopia and encouraging others to get involved on some level. I promised earlier in the week to share some happenings planned for our church as we join forces with others to promote orphan care during the month of November. At Christ City Church in Ensley, we will spend the next 4 Sundays recognizing the needs of orphans and offering solutions. We will have many special guest sharing their adoption testimonies, including Mac Powell of Third Day and his wife Aimee, and Kirk and Heidi Weimer. You can learn more about their amazing family HERE. (Make sure you watch their "promo" video.) The messages from the pulpit will focus on adoption. Not necessarily about physical adoption but about our adoption in Christ. Local ministries will display information on how to become involved in orphan care on a local, national or international level. Personally, our family will have our adoption t-shirts for sale to help with our fundraiser. We will also have information available about how to get involved with our ministry, Expecting a Blessing. To read more about the plans at CCC, you can check out the updated website HERE. If you are in Birmingham, you can also pick up a copy of this magazine and read about it inside.
Look for a guest post from my hubby soon : ) He is one amazing man with a passionate heart that knows how to love some babies. But, better than that, he loves his Jesus! I can't wait for you to hear from him.
I leave you tonight with a video..... happy week-end to you all!
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