We have also been involved in starting an Orphan Ministry at our church (Clemson Presbyterian Church). The ministry is having its first meeting to raise awareness in our congregation and the surrounding community about the plight of orphans in the United States and around the world, and what we as Christians can do about it.
If you are going to be in the Upstate South Carolina area tomorrow, please consider joining us. We will have a panel of speakers giving their personal experiences with adoption and fostering, and time for discussion and questions as well (details below).
Here is a little thing I wrote detailing the meeting, and why people should consider coming. I gave this as an announcement in church a few weeks ago, but I will post it here.
In his book Reclaiming Adoption, Dan Cruver, the co-founder and president of Together for Adoption, quotes John Piper as saying “Adoption is bigger than the universe.”
How’s that for a lead in? He goes on to explain that the reason for this is “Because the eternal communion of our triune God is behind, beneath, beside, and above the universe and is the ultimate reason and cause for our adoption.” Adoption was before the universe was, and adoption is part of the purpose for the universe - to bring God the most glory.
Ephesians 5:1 says “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,” and caring for orphans is no exception. Dr. David Garner, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, in speaking of this, says “Imitating our Father is truly a form of worship, and the decision to adopt a child is a crisp Xerox of our Father’s love for us.”
We can see our call as Christians to care for orphans in James 1:27, which says “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.”
Now, we understand that not everyone will be called upon personally to adopt or foster a child, but there are many other ways that you personally, and that we as a church can be involved in caring for orphans and fulfilling our call from God.
If you are curious about ways that you can help in caring for orphans, whether it be through adoption, fostering, or supporting the families who are adopting and fostering, or finding other ways to support orphan care, please consider coming to the Orphan Ministry’s Awareness meeting, which will be held on March 2nd, from 9 AM to 11 AM. We will have a panel of speakers who will give their personal experiences with fostering and adoption. We will also have a discussion on the theology of adoption, and the philosophy and purpose of the Orphan ministry. Anyone who attends will be able to ask questions of the panel of speakers, as well as give suggestions on how you would like this young ministry to serve you. So this meeting is not just for those considering orphan care, or those currently in the process. It is also for those who have adopted or fostered. We need your experience and expertise to help us help you and others like you.
We will have child care for children up to 5th grade, but please please let Carling know soon, so she can be prepared with sitters. We will have snacks and coffee as well, and resources for you to take home and pray over.
We would be honored if you would join us for this meeting, to come alongside us in helping Clemson Presbyterian Church and its members fulfill the call from God to care for the fatherless, as He has cared for us.
If you have any questions about the ministry, or the meeting, please come talk to Carling or me, or to Carolyn and Ralph Bolding, or Dena Rapp. Thank you very much.
Thanks for reading. Please consider praying for us as a ministry, as we seek to answer this call.