resolution that we adopted (no pun intended!) to express our hearts for the orphans of the world. Our favorite line was:
We believe that Jesus' love for children (orphans in this context) is the Gospel with flesh and blood.RESOLVED, that we desire an outpouring of God’s Spirit on fellow believers so that followers of Jesus increasingly announce and picture, in word and in deed, that “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”
The most common question posed to us since announcing our desire to adopt is, "Where from?" People are most interested in whether we plan to adopt nationally or internationally. Amanda and I distinctively feel led by God to adopt internationally. We have been told that it takes longer and is more expensive, but when God calls you to do something we believe that you should do it, and we further believe that He will take care of the details.
We are currently praying about adopting a baby from Africa. There is a good chance that this baby may have a different color skin than we do, but Amanda and I feel strongly that if the Lord calls us to adopt a baby in this context, that it will be an incredible expression of the Gospel with flesh and blood. That is, it will express the unity that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings among people of different nations. We understand that it may pose cultural issues (for some), but in the end, we must "obey God rather than men," as Peter and the apostles once declared (Acts 5:29).
We feel that we are up to the challenge because God is on our side and because this is a God-founded calling. As Paul writes, "If God is for us, who is against us?" (Romans 8:31)
As always, we covet your prayers in our journey!