Together for Adoption Conference (Part One)

We returned Sunday from the Together for Adoption Conference. First of all, let me say that the drive down to South Carolina was gorgeous. We probably could not have had a better weekend to see the fall colors as we drove through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. There really was no way to take pictures while we drove (and I now know that D hates stopping for anything) so you will just have to take my word for it.

We got into Greenville at about 7:00 pm on Friday evening and checked in to the hotel. We ate dinner and asked our waiter if he could direct us to Downtown Greenville. It is about the cutest downtown area I have ever seen. I said several times, “We should move here, D.” He wasn’t too sold on the idea.

The conference began on Saturday morning. As attendees, we were lucky enough to get a bag full of resources from Desiring God Ministries (and you know how we feel about them).

When telling people about this conference, many of them assumed the purpose was for us to learn how to do adopt. While that information would be great, this conference focused on why we should adopt (or be involved in orphan care).

The conference opened with Dan Cruver of Together for Adoption discussing our adoption by God (vertical adoption) and how that influences what we do here on earth (horizontal adoption). Now, not everyone is called to adoption. But we are all called to care for orphans and widows.

James 1:27
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.

What it basically comes down to is this: God predestined us for adoption (Ephesians 1:5) that we may be redeemed for our sins and become his sons & daughters (Galatians 4:4-6).

Horizontal adoption on earth is a reflection of what God has done for us. He saved us, took us as His own and gave us the full rights of a natural born child.

More to come…

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