The gospel cannot be separated from adoption, which is why we believe that Mercy Hill’s Adoption & Foster Care Ministry is one of the greatest places our family can invest time and energy. Paul says in Ephesians 1:5 that “God decided in advance to ADOPT US into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ” (NLT). In other words, adoption is the means by which we are brought into the family of God.
Mercy Hill’s Adoption & Foster Care Ministry has been a tremendous blessing as our family of five currently includes myself, Holly, and three sons, one of which was adopted from Ethiopia. In addition, by God’s grace, we’ve recently started the journey to domestically adopt our fourth child over the past few months. The opportunity to gather and fellowship with other families who have adopted or who are fostering has been beneficial for us and our adopted son. Actually, it has been good for our entire family! It is really beneficial to see other families that have been formed through adoption and foster care.
The Ups and Downs of Adoption and Foster Care
Through the adoption process, we have seen the reality that adoption and foster care are each filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There is spiritual warfare. The evil one would love for those without a home to continue to believe that they are not good enough and that no one wants them. However, there is also great beauty. It gives a beautiful picture of the gospel and puts it on display. Spiritually, we were outside the family of God, but through Christ, we have been grafted into the family of God. Although every believer may not be called to adopt or train to become foster care parents, we do believe that every believer is called to consider the question, “What does it mean for me to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27)? This may mean going through training to serve as a respite foster parent. It may also mean learning more so that you can financially support a family going through the adoption process. Being informed is vital to being actively involved. Interest meetings are a great opportunity to get informed.
As stated earlier, the interest meetings provide valuable information and resources related to adoption and foster care. All the details related to adoption and foster care can seem overwhelming. These meetings provide an opportunity to hear from experts in the area and learn how to navigate the waters of adoption and foster care. We are grateful to be a part of a church that is on the front lines of visiting orphans in their affliction. We are also super excited that this ministry is providing support for these families: social and fellowship opportunities; education and training; and a local body of believers that is behind it.
How Do You Get Involved?
The next interest meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 from 2-4pm at the Edgefield Road Campus. There will be two professionals in the area of both adoption and foster care from Lifeline Children Services and The Children’s Home Society of NC who will share and be available to answer any logistical questions on the process. There will also be a Q&A panel at the end to hear from families that have adopted and gone through the process of serving as foster parents. Click here to register (we hope to see you there!).
-Chad Cooke (MH Member)