Here are just a handful of notes from a few speakers we heard throughout the two and half days we spent at the Summit.
It was so thought provoking and cut me to the core so many times that my make-up was all cried off by 10 a.m. I invite you to dig deeper than my notes. Visit websites (highlighted in blue) and searchfor more info. You will be glad you did as these people have amazing things to teach us all about the plight of the orphan. Please leave me an comments of ask questions. I welcome the dialogue.
Dr. Russsell Moore:
He is the Senior VP and Dean of the school of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Moore’s latest book is Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches.
We are afraid of orphans. Because orphans are unpredictable. There is always some kind of tragedy or baggage or many unknowns that come with the orphan. We would rather not think of such things. We are afraid of the mark left on the victims of tragedy.
God, in his adopting power through Jesus, has brought us into his family. We reach orphans as ex-orphans ourselves.
As we move into the dangerous we places, we empower others to live courageously. What do we have to be afraid of anymore? Jesus has given us a path. When we love in the sad, dark, haunted places; children who we are afraid of, we follow Jesus there.
We need to crucify our expectations nad our life plans and let God work. Greater is he who is in HIM than in the world.
She opened detailing her horror as she sat on a plane from Ethiopia with many Ethiopian children being adopted and flown home to caucasian families. Florence has served as a medical missionary since 1989 throughout Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.
“I saw children that were in desperate need but children that were equally loved by God. In those children, I saw the face of Christ. I was ashamed, convicted, and changed. I realized I had to respond. I battled for several days. Then I realized I needed to do things differently, I needed to utilize the local church– decreasing myself, so Christ can be lifted up. I needed to craft a response that was both curative and God dependent.”
God cares about how we help. We need to spend time in prayer not just about the what, but about the how.
We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. If we employ our mind in this response, we will see that communities of children are broken. Dealing with a child is only dealing with an outcome. We need to address the system that is producing orphans.
Together we can move past the initial response and get into the transformation process. This would look like restoring children AND empowering the destitute, mending the care and support systems of a community, and aiding in development.
“Growing up I never could reconcile why there were people who needed so much and we had extra to share, but we were not.”
Carolyn had 4 children. She and her husband had 3 more together. Then they adopted 3 from Ethiopia, one with HIV. While in Ethiopia, met another girl with HIV whose health was rapidly deteriorating. Went back to get her. Then adopted her brother and sister. This Easter they adopted a little girl with Downs Syndrome.
Carolyn is advocating for orphans and is dedicated to educating and enabling families and individuals to advocate for and adopt children with HIV/AIDS.
More to come as I have time to conttinue combing through my many pages of notes and the various websites of the organizations and speakers that so inspired both myself and Bob throughout the two days. We are so grateful to had the opportunity to dig in and be ministered to together. It was a life altering couple of days!