The Lord has been changing my heart toward adoption this year. Close friends are adopting a child from China and our family is learning more about God’s heart for the fatherless as we seek to pray for and support our friends. Here are some of the resources I have found most helpful.
Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
What would Christ’s church look like if we acted upon James 1:27 which states that “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world”? How can the church come alongside families who have chosen to adopt? Do adoption and missions have a common thread?
We invited our church and other family friends to watch the movie in our home and join in a time of prayer for our friends who are adopting. This film is available through Freedom Web Store.
Interview with Lisa Winton: In this interview, Andrea Schwartz speaks with Lisa Winton about her journey from being the mother of two to adding to her family by means of adoption. Her family made the documentary film Rescued, referenced above. Lisa shares openly in this podcast about how the Lord led them to adopt two special needs children from the foster care system. Her testimony of God’s grace in the life of her family is powerful and encouraging.
Voddie Baucham is the teaching pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church, and one of my favorite speakers. He is bold, biblical, and he pulls no punches. He and his wife have adopted several children and in this free sermon he presents compelling biblical truth regarding how the church should think about adoption.
Three of my friends who have adopted told me this is one of the best books out there regarding our adoption in Christ and its ramifications on Christian adoption. I decided to read it myself, and I could hardly put it down. It is encouraging, touching, and theologically rich. I literally laughed out loud and wept while reading this book. Most importantly, I gained new insights into the beauty of the Gospel, and began to see that adoption is a thread that runs through the Bible, much more prominently than I had ever realized. Moore challenges the church that our adoption in Christ should cause us to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in this country and around the world. He demonstrates why adoption is part of the Great Commission mandate and tells how the culture of the church should reflect that.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book tells a story of international adoption. This makes a beautiful gift for an adoptive family.