Archives For Adoption and Foster Care

I spent today at the West Michigan CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) conference.  After spending last weekend in Philadelphia at the Justice Conference, God has really been messing with me…in a good way.

After the best day of talks (5 in a row) I’ve ever sat through, holding back tears several times, I got talking with the guy next me about foster care and adoption.  I went to seminary with Jeff Steele but had never met him until today when we ended up sitting next to each other.  He was sharing with me how he and his wife have two biological children, two foster children, and two children they’ve adopted after first being their foster parents.  He helps lead a group called Kids Belong in West Michigan.  He introduced me to a website www.mare.org, which is a list of all of the youth available for adoption in Michigan.  As we were talking, Justin Beene from Bethany Christian Services came over and joined our conversation.  He explained that there are 6000 orphans in Michigan (kids available for adoption), and there are 12000 churches in Michigan.  If you do the math on this, it is entirely in the Church’s power to adopt all orphans in Michigan.  Why would the Church be compelled to do this?  James 1:27 leaves little room for gray area here: Continue Reading…