This Thanksgiving, one thing for which we all can be grateful is the precious gift of life and for parents who raise children in stable and loving homes. Parents who have adopted children have a special reason to be thankful, as November is National Adoption Month. Many Christians are involved in helping children find parents who will love and nurture them through adoption and to help women with unplanned pregnancies. Here are a few examples:
- A relatively new ministry, Embrace Grace, wants “every girl with an unplanned pregnancy to have a church to go to for spiritual, emotional and physical support,” and aims to “inspire and equip the church to love on single and pregnant girls.”
- Bethany Christian Services promotes “adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. We also provide counseling to families, assist refugees and immigrants resettling in the U.S., and partner with several international countries to help keep families together. The work we do equips families to be the answer for children in need — as Christ intended.”
- Catholic Adoption Online “is the number one place for women seeking Catholic families to adopt their children, or women of any faith who are looking for compassionate, non-judgmental help with an unplanned pregnancy.”
At least eight FRC families have had their lives transformed by adopting children. The children have found secure and caring moms and dads, and the parents have found the children they longed for. The Bible describes Christians as God the Father’s adopted children (Ephesians 1:5). Let’s consider how each of us can model the Father’s love in helping pregnant women in difficult circumstances and, as the Lord leads us, adopting a child for life. FRC has documented the many benefits of adoption in Dr. Pat Fagan’s “Adoption Works Well” and “A Passion to Serve.” Both can be downloaded or read online at no cost.
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