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T4A Down Under!

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 21, 2011

I was recently asked why Together for Adoption was heading to Australia this coming fall to hold a November 18-19 conference. My short answer is that Scripture’s teaching on God’s work of adoption (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:4; Galatians 4:4-6; Romans 8:15 and 23) sends out lines of implications that penetrate the boundaries of every continent and country on the globe. As a matter of fact, vertical adoption (i.e., God’s breaking into human history to accomplish his mission of adoption; see Galatians 4:4-6) is bigger than the universe itself. It begins with the Communion of Love that the Triune God has forever enjoyed in His own being and climaxes with God renewing the heavens and the earth (Romans 8:20-23) where the Father’s multi-ethnic children will forever participate in the Trinity’s love. The good news of our adoption is that through Jesus Christ the Triune God has enlarged the eternal circle of communion to include us, those who entered this world without hope and home (Ephesians 2:12-13), and will one day renew the earth, making it our eternal home.

That good news has profound implications for how we as Christians care for our society’s most needy, whether they live inside or outside the womb. Together for Adoption has the wonderful privilege of partnering with The Babes Project to explore Scripture’s teaching on our adoption by God and its implications for caring for the fatherless and at-risk children in whichever continent or country they are found. We believe that exploring a subject like this with other Christians is worth traveling across the globe for. This not only accounts for why Together for Adoption is going to Australia but also why we are excited to do so.

Follow the @t4aAustralia twitter account to track what’s going on with T4A Down Under.

On a side note, we have been very encouraged by the number of our friends in the U.S. who have mentioned that they are seriously considering joining us in Australia. Let’s see if we can fill a plane!

  • http://Website Sharlie

    It brings tears to my eyes to read this! I can’t wait for you to come to Australia!
    Australia has what I would call an ‘anti-adoption culture’, there is still a lot of stigma and a lack of knowledge about it. On top of this it is extremely difficult to adopt- with local adoption being rare (not many babies are put up for adoption), and intercountry adoption being incredibly difficult.
    My husband and I have wanted to adopt for many years, however when we first inquired about going on the intercountry list (at 22) we were blatantly told we were too young and to wait until we were “at least 30″! We waited for two more years and then attended the session to get onto the ‘confirmation of interest’ list (which they technically don’t allow you to do until you are 25), we have now been on this ‘waiting list to get onto the waiting list for almost another two years. At that first session we were told it is likely to be a 5- 10 year wait which for many of the older couples (mid-thirties) that meant their dream would never be realized. In addition to this the cost is astronomical- coming in anywhere between $30,000-$60,000, obviously making it impossible for many people.
    We know that God’s heart is for adoption and that he wants us to adopt, but many people here with the same conviction don’t pursue it because of the many barriers. My prayer is that Australia’s heart towards adoption is transformed and that Churches are the driving force behind this. It would be great to have churches make adoption a priority and to help those who want to adopt to complete their family.
    Thank you again and I can’t wait to see you in Melbourne!

  • http://www.thepueblaponderosa.blogspot.com Adoption Mama

    Question for you? Could someone contact me at the email given to help my husband and myself out. We have 4 adoptive children. Our oldest son, 14, is struggling with identity and anger towards his birth mom. He has already been at a Boarding school (which happened to have half of it’s140 boys who are adopted, so there seems to be an issue here)because of his anger. He is home now, but not doing well. We want to know how to help him…and his hurts. At times it is a lonely journey. Would love to be able to talk to others who have gone through this. Thanks.

  • http://apologies.wordpress.com Al Garlando

    Great news about the conference!
    Can’t wait.

    Sharlie is 100% right – Australian bureaucracy is biased against adoption and there is much to be done to serve and support families built and extended by adoption.
    Another issue is our Churches are affected by the politics and don’t see adoption as an urgent need and God ordained calling to serve widows and orphans.

    I’m praying that T4A will be part of a massive movement amongst our Churches to grasp God’s heart for the orphan and be mobilised to get involved in adoption, get behind families wanting to adopt, serving birth parents and breaking down the resistance to adoption.

    A.


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