Providing gospel-centered resources to mobilize the church for global orphan care.

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The growth of the evangelical orphan care movement is very encouraging. The movement has grown so much over the past 5 years that it is impossible to quantify its growth. Every year churches by the hundreds are answering the call to care for orphans in their distress.

In light of God’s work to raise up His people to care for orphans, one of T4A’s primary concerns is what the church will be doing 50 years from now. If the church is to care for the orphan for the long-haul, that is, for the next 50 years and beyond, it must must be driven by a robust gospel-centered theology. Practical takeaways that will help churches more effectively care for orphans are essential. But as essential as practical takeaways are, they cannot sustain movements over the long-haul, nor can they result in a movement’s exponential growth. Therefore, if the orphan care movement is to prosper and experience exponential growth over the next 50 years, a robust theology must be at the center of it.

Our prayer, then, is that it will be the gospel itself that fuels our desire and commitment to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. What orphans needs is churches that are moved to serve them long-term by the power of the gospel.

When we were without hope in this world, God came to us in Christ to rescue us, to serve us, to reconcile us to Himself. In the person of Jesus, the transcendent God of the universe “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). God the Son did not become a man for us for the short-term. He became a man for us forever. Even now the man Christ Jesus makes intercession for us, his people. This is the gospel truth that will mobilize us for long-term, self-sacrificial service to orphans worldwide.

  • Ryan Howard

    Thanks Dan,
    Those of us in the Church who are eager to care for the orphan, can not hear this message too many times.
    And those of us in the Church who haven’t responded to the call to care yet, can not hear this messgae too many times.
    The gospel is the message we need to hear and preach to each other every day.
    Thanks for being this voice.
    Ryan

  • http://www.thebabesproject.com Helen Parker

    “Our prayer, then, is that it will be the gospel itself that fuels our desire and commitment to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. What orphans needs is churches that are moved to serve them long-term by the power of the gospel.”
    Oh my I love this and I will be praying this prayer!
    So often, in our desire to rescue as we identify ourselves as being “rescued” by our Saviour, we relegate adoption to being secondary to salvation, when adoption is actually God’s perfect plan, not just an afterthought. I am hungry for more of this teaching.
    I am looking forward to T4A Australia.

  • Stephen Story

    Dan,

    It’s hard to overstate the importance of what you’ve written here; I pray that it will always be the heartbeat of T4A’s ministry. Thank you for being the one God has used to help us see and understand this great truth; I pray that it will bear fruit not only in our own lives but also in the lives of all God allows us to touch for the sake of adoption in our community, our state, and around the world.

    Stephen

  • Tony Bradshaw

    Dan,

    Thanks for the inciteful words. Julie Gumm at world orphans turned me on to you guys. hopefully I’ll be able to make it out to the conference this year. God has given me a burden for orphans over the last 3 years so I’m busily working an a project to raise awareness about orphans.

    Keep up the good work!


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