Saturday, June 27, 2009
SBC Messengers Enthusiastically Support Moore's Resolution on Adoption
Jeff Robinson June 26, 2009
Messengers at the 2009 annual meeting of The Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution proposed by Russell D. Moore promoting adoption and orphan care.
The resolution encouraged every Southern Baptist family to pray about whether God wants them to adopt or provide foster care for a child or children. It also called on Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches to devote a Sunday each year to emphasize "our adoption in Christ and our common burden for the orphans of the world."
Moore, who serves as senior vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, knows well of which he proposed; Moore and his wife Maria adopted two of their sons from a Russian orphanage a few years ago.
Moore hopes the resolution will provoke deep thinking that leads to action among Southern Baptists regarding the Gospel significance of adoption and orphan care; all who are saved by God’s grace were once orphans who were adopted into the Kingdom of Christ.
The number of adoptions among evangelicals has steadily increased in recent years, yet the need is profound: in the United States alone, more than 500,000 children were in foster care system in 2005, the last year for which federal statistics were available. About 115,000 were waiting for adoption.
“Something is a foot among Christian families and churches of virtually every kind,” Moore said.
“God is calling the people of Christ to see the face of Jesus in the faces of orphans in North America and around the world. Southern Baptists have affirmed our belief in the authority of Scripture, and the Bible tells us pure religion is defined by care for the fatherless.
“We’ve been defined by our commitment to evangelism, and there is no greater field is 'white unto harvest’ right now as children in orphanages, group homes, and the foster care system, children who don’t know a parent’s love and who don’t know the name of Jesus. When Satan wars against children, we should be the ones who have compassion on them, even as Jesus did and does.
Moore authored a deeply personal and compellingly theological book on adoption that was published in May by Crossway books, “Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families &Churches.” In it, Moore argues that the church should view the adoption of orphans as a crucial part of its mission precisely because God has adopted helpless sinners to be His sons.
“The resolution by itself isn’t going to spark an orphan care movement among Southern Baptists,” he said.“Neither is my book, and neither are a thousand manifestoes. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as local churches start to embrace a vision for orphan care.
“The resolution though was meant to prompt some questions. If one messenger in the Convention hall is moved to simply pray, ‘Lord, how would you have me minister to orphans?’ then the resolution is a success, in my view. If one pastor is prompted to ponder how he could preach on adoption, or lead a foster care ministry among his folks, then the work is starting.
During the introduction of the resolution, Moore appeared on stage with Timothy and Benjamin, the sons he and his wife adopted seven years ago. More than 8,000 messengers met the resolution and its unanimous passage with lengthy, enthusiastic applause.
“I was overwhelmed with emotion on the platform to see my sons, two little ex-orphans, looking out on a sea of yellow ballots as thousands of Southern Baptists affirmed that we want to be the people who love fatherless children,” he said.
“I realized that, in an alternative story, my boys would still be in an orphanage, not knowing even the name of Christ Jesus. But here they are, at the Southern Baptist Convention, calling by their very presence the world’s largest Protestant denomination to recognize there are hundreds of thousands of children as helpless and alone as they once were.
“My prayer is that twenty years from now there are thousands of Southern Baptist pastors, missionaries, and church leaders who started their lives as orphans, now preaching the gospel of God their Father.”
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
**This is one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs**
I had to share something that you wouldn't see if I didn't take pictures of it.
I wanted to thank you all for praying for and providing for these children that are without a family.
I had to share how you are being the body of Christ by loving on the littlest of His children.
Each child got at least 10 outfits, a bible, a DVD, toys, backpack, laundry basket, blankets, flip flops, books, and a wrapped present. That's just what I can remember!
The other great news is that 5 families have contacted me in the interest of adopting them. Does that give you chills?
What makes me even more excited is that it means that 5 couples have opened their hearts to adoption and that just thrills me to pieces. Our 10,000 kids in OK foster care might be dwindling as we strive to become more active as the body of Christ.
Thank you for the prayers. Please continue to keep these children in your heart as I am sure they still have a long road in front of them. Thank you to the families who gave so generously to these children!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This is Molly adding this picture. This is of Becki, Blake and I, Cooper and Sadie on Sadie's Gotcha Day when we were in court. Such a wonderful gift for our finalization to be free!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So, please join me if you can. The 3rd Friday of every month from 1-3pm at the state capitol room 412 C.
Also, thanks to all of you that have emailed me about helping out with the kids. I am so excited and I know that this will bless them more than we will ever know. Please pray that they feel the love of Christ through all of this. Also, please keep praying for their forever family to find them and start the process of adopting them!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sadly, I have not heard from anyone willing to open their home to these kids. Please continue to pray that God speaks clearly to the family He has already chosen for this sibling group.
I mentioned in the last post about Adopt(ed) and I have enjoyed reading through some of their posts. One thing that Charissa mentioned that I thought was such a wonderful point for domestic adoption was this...
"Just because we do not have orphanages in the United States does not mean we don't have orphans."
So many times we think that our system is better than so many other countries because we don't have orphanages. As Christians, we need to care for these children.
So, here is what I am asking. The teacher (Michelle) that brought this sibling group to my attention has given me more information. The children are girl (5), boy (7) and girl (9). They were taken from their foster home and put into a safe home and they lost everything they called their own. They don't have any of their clothes, none of their toys...nothing to call their own or remind them of what they once called home.
Michelle is wanting to know if anyone would be willing to help remind them of God's love and plan for their life. She is wanting to put together some goodies for them just to make them smile and remind them they are loved.
I would love to collect things if you want to help out. The youngest girl wears a 4T and loves to dress up and also play pirate. So cute! The boy wears a 6-7 and loves anything Spiderman and Batman. The oldest girl loves to draw and be creative and wears a size 7-8. I will take anything and even will take money and I will buy the items if that's easier for you.
I feel like this is the least that we can do to love on these children in such a difficult time for them. They are old enough to understand so much of what's going on and they feel the stress and anxiety of being moved out of their foster home.
My PO Box is 5692 Edmond OK 73083 (Molly Shockley). Please only send money through the PO box as it is a small box. If you are going to collect items, please comment and we can find a way that I can come and get them. Michelle (the oldest girl's teacher) is wanting to give them the goodies in about a week!
Thanks for helping in any way that you can!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here it is:
"Recently I was made aware of a situation where two siblings locally were removed from their home for child abuse. A group of over 3,000 people were presented with this situation and asked whether anyone in the room could take these children in. I was thankful to find out a couple stepped forward........ but saddened and a little perplexed to find out that only one couple, out of a group of over 3,000 christian people.....stepped forward.
I wish I could remember where I read this so I could quote it accurately as well as give them proper credit, but somewhere recently I read a statement that said something like this: "In a city where there are Christians, there should be no unwanted children."
Which makes me wonder why this is so. WHY, if there are 450,000 churches in the U.S.A., WHY are there 129,000 children in the U.S. waiting for families?
My pastor, Alex Himaya, did a sermon series explaining WHY God has such a heart for adoption. I encourage every believer to hear it (Click here to hear). Out of that sermon came an orphan ministry that John and I are so thankful to be a part of. I am working on a new blog,
adopt-ed.blogspot.com where I hope to share stories related to orphans and vulnerable children, connect adoptive families, highlight events, share some of the outreaches of our church adoption ministry, etc. I do hope you'll come visit it, set your google reader, and be a part of the Adopt(Ed) ministry at The Church at Battle Creek.
Friday, June 5, 2009
That gives me chills to even think about.
I am hoping that each of you will pray over this situation and seriously consider if God is calling you to something here.
I got an email from a pastor at our church about siblings that are needing a family. Evidently, one of the siblings is in class with a teacher from my church. The teacher heard that they were put into a safe home and taken out of their foster home and were most likely going to be split up because they have no homes open to 3 siblings.
So, this is where we need some serious prayer over these 3, ages 5, 7, and 9. The 9 year old is a girl.
I asked if it was okay that we post about these 3 just praying that someone would know someone wanting to adopt. This pastor is going to try and get more information on the kids so please email me or comment if you are interested or know someone who is. I don't want to post a lot about them just to protect them, but will share as we know more to those open to adoption.
Here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The best thing you can do at this point is join me in praying for these children that only have each other and are scared to death they are going to lose just that.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
What progress is being made with our current priority of Cooper's Law?
We are still trying to gain attention to this amendment. That's where we are...this takes a while.
I hadn't heard back about the adoption task force that we mentioned a while back, so I contacted two of those on the committee and heard back from Representative Jason Nelson.
I really just asked about how we could follow their progress and what their current focus was on.
And I thought his response was both exciting and would help us to be visible and present.
The committee meets the third Friday of every month from 1 to 3 PM in room 412C of the Capitol. This is an open meeting at this point! I am so excited about this and I am hoping this means that we could have some visibility for the committee.
So, I am going to do everything that I can to get childcare during this time. I am hoping there might be others in the area that could occasionally be present for this committee meeting. We just need to know what things they are talking about and we need to be there if they have questions about what we are proposing with our law!
Such exciting stuff! Please let me know if you are willing to help me out even if just once to be present at one of these meetings!