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for anyone who has been adopted…

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 4, 2011

As all of you who frequent this blog know, our fourth Together for Adoption conference will be October 21-22 in Phoenix. One of the questions I’m asked from time to time is “Who should consider attending your conference?” What I tell people is that our conference is for anyone who has been adopted. In other words, if you’ve entered God’s household through adoption (Ephesians 1:5; 2:19), you would benefit from attending our conference.

Each of our conferences are first about vertical adoption (i.e., God’s adopting us in Christ) and second about orphan care and horizontal adoption (i.e., couples adopting children). If you desire to learn more about what it means to be adopted by God, you will find our conferences to be very profitable and spiritually refreshing.  We are convinced that the more we think about God’s gracious provision of vertical adoption, the more we will see and appreciate His glory, grace, beauty, love, etc. Adoption is first about the glorious Triune God of the universe coming to profoundly needy people in the person of His Son to give us the love of the Father (Galatians 4:5Ephesians 1:5). When we grow in our understanding of who the Father is and what He has done to adopt us through Jesus Christ, we will find our love for and our pursuit of Him progressively increasing.  So, ultimately, we want to see people grow in their enjoyment of God as their Father to the “praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). If this kind of talk resonates with you, let us encourage you to consider attending our upcoming conference.  You will not be disappointed.

Even though our conference is first about vertical adoption, don’t think that orphan care and horizontal adoption will be a conference afterthought.  No, we believe that Christians who are deepening in their understanding of God’s gracious provision of adoption as sons will find themselves joyfully compelled to extend this same kind of compassion to orphans, both here and abroad. Christians who love the wonderful provision of vertical adoption will become increasingly passionate about “visiting orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27), whether through short-term mission efforts, humanitarian assistance, adopting a child, or assisting others in the adoption process in some way.  Certainly, God does not call every Christian couple to adopt, but He does call the church to care for orphans—adoption being one way that the church can fulfill this calling—and our calling is fueled by God’s grace to us in our adoption.

So if you have been adopted by God and believe that God has called the church to care for orphans, let us encourage you to prayerfully consider attending Conference 2011.  We believe that you will walk away from this conference better understanding why it is that vertical adoption is the highest blessing of the gospel, rejoicing afresh in God’s grace to you in the gospel, and joyfully motivated to act on James 1:27, both locally and globally.

Learn more about the conference.

  • MIchelle

    I’d love to win a copy of Katie’s book – as an adoptive mom myself, I’ve been following her blog for some time. I pray her story encourages others to open their hearts to ANY version of adoption! I pray we reach the day when its completely natural for families to both birth (if possible) AND adopt (3 of our children are home birthed, 1 is adopted, and several are sponsored but do not live with us). Thanks for shedding more light on her beautiful story.

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