Today I have had the time to clean house and listen to some sermons on adoption. I love to hear and get more knowledge about God's word and his heart for the fatherless. I want to yell it from the roof tops. THERE ARE 143 MILLION ORPHANS ON THE EARTH. That is half of the population in the US.
I listened to a series from a church in Tulsa that has started an adoption ministry. The preacher's name is Dr. Alex Himaya. He is the founding and Senior Pastor of The Church at BattleCreek, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Church at BattleCreek is one of the fastest growing churches in America. It has grown from 120 to over 2,000 in attendance in its first four years of existence. He spoke at our church last year and he is awesome. He is passionate about the orphans of this world and their church is stepping up and doing something about it. The last I heard about this church was that 40 couples had adopted 70 children! That is so cool and I think that our church could step up and do the same!
I just listened to a couple of his sermons about adoption and orphans. Click here to listen. I took notes between folding laundry.
Here are some of the things I wrote down:
If you lined up all of the orphans of the world shoulder to shoulder they would rap around the equator of the earth 3 times! Seriously, visualize that!
James 1:27 says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Why did God have James write this?
1. Orphans cannot repay you.
2. To teach us about the love of God. (orphans are often slow to love you back)
3. God is for adoption!
Right now there are 115, 000 children ready to be adopted in the US.
Since Clay and I have started this process we have had so many families say- "we would like to adopt one day" or "I have always thought I would adopt."
1/3 of Christians consider adopting but only 2% actually do. LETS CHANGE THIS NUMBER! IF GOD IS PRICKING YOUR HEART-PRAY FOR GUIDANCE AND TAKE ACTION!
I am so excited to change a little boys life through adoption! I see it as a privilege to get to experience something that is so close to our Father's heart.
I love this video and it forever changed the way I will raise my children.