God says “He is their defender, and He is awakening His church to join Him in that work.” (18)
We have hosted exchange students for a number of years. They come to us from loving families; often families that do not know Christ. They are orphans in a different way. It is exciting to be able to be a part of their life; so many times to be able to introduce them to our awesome God. And watch them walk with Him and know Him as the year progresses. How I wish we could keep them forever (one that has been extra special to us all!)
KnowOrphans speaks to the global orphan crisis. (Did you know there was a crisis?) What are we doing? As the body of Christ? This book speaks to the church’s response, one that should be comprehensive, and yet is lacking sorely. Author Rick Morton provides the framework for families and churches to have a gospel-centered response to the growing and complex global issue of orphan care. Are we not called to care for them?
Rick Morton helps shape realistic perceptions of the challenges and rewards adoptive parents face in transnational adoptions. KnowOrphans offers solutions for the church in remedying the ills and deficiencies surrounding the church’s role in equipping and supporting families before, during, and after the adoption process. Knowing that the church’s response and attitude should be one that goes beyond adoption, KnowOrphans addresses the complexities of how Christians are to respond ethically, compassionately, and comprehensively to the biblical call to care for orphans. KnowOrphans is a step towards deeper conversation, an evangelically based movement of orphan care seeking to live out James 1:27 globally. 🙂
I love this book! I love how involved it is; the call is surely upon us all to take care of those who have no voice, those who are unknown. I myself have pondered and felt moved, towards adoption for so many years. I appreciate how telling this book is in regards to the process too. Before, during and after. Such a great resource to anyone who is answering God’s call to care for those in need too. Too often we feel we are not able; that we do not have what we need in order to provide. Perhaps we do not feel we are enough; we do not know how or where to begin. Yet God makes a way, so many times, for those of us who truly are acting as His hands and feet, to serve those in need.
I think often (as a former social worker) of how many lives are out there, desperate and in need, without Jesus. And yet here we are (so many times I am this person) standing and protesting wrong doing; speaking and preaching His word ~ Forgetting that there is even more. We can go deeper.If we are only willing to believe that He will make a way. Let us get out of the boat.
What a blessing we can be to those who do not know or have the love of Jesus in their life. It makes such a difference.