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November 27, 2015

Adoption: A Dad’s Perspective

I want to first thank Lifesong for this tremendous opportunity to write for their November blog series. Their resources have blessed my family, and I’m glad to be able to contribute to the growing global work of showing and telling Jesus through orphan care. Looking at the title of “A Dad’s Perspective,” I want to address some issues that I believe are at the core of the orphan crisis. These are issues I struggled with – lies I at one time believed and sometimes still battle. So men, this is not a “bash on dudes” blog post but a testimony of God’s goodness to change the thinking of men regarding adoption and orphan care. 1. I didn’t understand the fatherhood of God. Ephesians 1 provides God’s “game plan” for redeeming his children. Verse 5 says, “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with … Continue reading

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November 20, 2015

7 Ways You Can Encourage an Adopting Family in Your Church

As Christians we often hear that not everyone is called to adopt, but we’re all called to do something. And while few of us would disagree with that sentiment, even fewer of us know what the do something really entails. Here are 7 ways you can encourage an adopting family in your church (as suggested by families who have adopted): 1. Refrain from making assumptions. It’s entirely possible the adopting family in your church isn’t infertile, for instance, and it’s statistically probable the adopted child was dearly loved by her birth mother. While adoption creates many questions and leaves many uncertainties, one of the kindest things we can do to support the adopting families in our church or community is to love them without entertaining (or voicing) unhelpful assumptions. 2. Treat children equally. Especially in adopting families or church classrooms where both biological and adopted children are present, it is helpful to treat the children … Continue reading

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November 13, 2015

3 Side Effects of Being Adopted: My Story

As a little girl–two days before Christmas–I received my forever family via adoption. I’ve spent the last 30+ years of my life joking with my parents that I was the best Christmas gift they ever got, though in reality, I consider it entirely the other way around. Let me say this. I know adoption isn’t always a positive experience for children or families. Many adoptees carry heavy burdens of grief and loss for decades after their adoption is final. I have no desire to minimize that reality. For a few years during my adolescence, I experienced some of the anxiety and insecurity associated with adoption. (Though I’m not entirely sure the anxiety and insecurity wasn’t at least in part the result of being an adolescent.) But I have largely escaped the darker side of adoption due to these 3 side effects of my story– 1. I value the fact that I … Continue reading

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