We asked Rachel Clarke to put together a recap of this year's Orphan Sunday and provide links to all of the resources we had available after the service. Rachel lives in Richardson with her husband Matt and their two sons, Emmon and Isaiah. They are passionate about foster care, adoption, and preventative care for families in crisis. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a follow-up to Normandy's Orphan Sunday service, John asked me to write a little bit about the Father heart of God. Jesus came to me at a time in my life where I felt like I belonged to no one. He came at a point when I felt like I belonged nowhere; when my identity was shattered, when I was untethered. He said: "You belong with me, to me. You are my daughter." What drew me to him initially is that he is for the underdog, and that's exactly who I was.
He pieced me back together. He anchored me. He alone redeemed me. He redeemed my story.
Adoption allows us to enter, uniquely, into the epic story of redemption that God is writing. The crux of the Gospel is adoption. It is taking those who are unwanted, tossed aside, unadoptable, unredeemable, and revealing their precious value through the blood of Jesus. Taking us, who don't belong, and calling us "beloved." The Good News of the Gospel for me has always been, very simply put, that God took MY problems and made them HIS. He brought me into His family. He adopted me. He adopts each of us who call him Father.
And because we are now sons and daughters in His family, we've moved into the light. How can we, knowing what we know now, not turn back around, facing the darkness, and help Christ redeem others?
Now is as good a time as any for you or your family to prayerfully consider how The Lord might want to connect you to his father heart, or how he might be calling you to act on behalf of the orphan. Below is a list of organizations and resources that can help you do that.
For more than 135 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving hundreds of thousands of people each year in the United States and around the world.
You can find out more about local adoption, foster, and family support here in Dallas through Buckner International. They are a tremendous organization and offer tons of resources for families exploring and actively looking for ways to help orphans and families in need.
Exile International exists to restore former child soldiers and war-affected children to become leaders for peace through art therapy and rehabilitative care in Uganda and DR Congo. You can sponsor a child through EI by supporting them monthly for as little as $10 a month. Click here for more details. Your sponsorship will provide food, healthcare, education, trauma counseling, peace building/leadership development & spiritual care. You can check out this video featuring our friends, Matthew and Bethany Williams.
Finally, this is the video that John played at the end of his sermon that undeniably shows us the love of God through adoption.