Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why We Are Adopting

Because God cares for orphans, and one of the ways in which he exercises this care is through his church.

Psalm 68:5 says that God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.” Christians, who are being transformed into the image of Christ live out His heart when they care for orphans. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). As God cares for the fatherless, so we as his children care for them too. Our concern for the orphans is a tangible manifestation of God’s love that has been poured out into our hearts.

Because we have been adopted by God.

Jesus left heaven, lived a very humiliating life, ultimately dying for sinners so he could bring people into the family of God and call them his children. Christians, from every tribe, tongue and nation, have been pursued by God and adopted into his family. In the same way we want to pursue those from another nation, not our own, and bring them into our family. We desire our family to be a little picture of this great Gospel.

So that these children will have the opportunity to hear of Christ.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Believing in Christ is the only way to receive salvation and how will these children hear of Christ unless someone preaches to them? We, put very simply, want to adopt children, so that we can preach to them about salvation in Christ.

Because we have been given so much.

We want to give because we have been given the wealth of America, loving Christian families and most importantly spiritual truth. It is only by grace that we were born into such material and spiritual wealth, and we want to extend that grace to children who were born into poverty and little if any access to the truths of Scripture.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Naming the Children! We Need Help!

Well, as we are drawing nearer to adopting the children we are realizing that we are going to need to come down on some names for them. Since we are adopting one boy and one girl (Lord willing) we are going to need a boy name and a girl name. Here are some of our ideas:

Girl: Evie, Jordan

Boy: Tyler, Ethan

SO, if you are willing to help us out, vote for your favorite (or suggest another good one). I think it would be weird to have Ethan and Evie (too similar) so keep that in mind.

PS The girl in the photo's name is Zenha and she was adopted through Celebrate Children as well, so that name is taken.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Some Updates

Stacey and I just made it through the dossier process. So all of our documents are now being translated in Ethiopia. This means that the next step for us is to get a referral assuming that everything goes through there. Please pray that all of our documents are approved by the Ethiopian government!

We are adopting through Celebrate Children International (check out their website!).