Bill Ankerberg, Whittier Area Community Church:

“I want to let you know about the “World Vision Experience: AIDS,” a free exhibit that will open your eyes to the AIDS crisis in Africa. This amazing walk-through village takes you on a virtual journey to Africa, where you’ll walk in the steps of a child affected by the AIDS crisis. The interactive exhibit features a stirring audio tour combined with captivating photography that will transport you to the heart of Africa. You’ll gain a completely new perspective on the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time: AIDS.
 
God has richly blessed our work in Malawi with the building of the children’s clinic, but a visit to this exhibit will help you understand the challenges a child faces in Africa today.

Here are the hours and dates the exhibit is open on our campus:

Saturday, May 30:                                               11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 31:                                                   9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, June 1-4:                          10:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6:                       11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 7:                                                    9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

I encourage you to visit the website, HERE for more information and to reserve a time to visit this FREE exhibit so you won’t have to wait in line!  You can also just come, tickets and reservations are not necessary.”

To watch a brief promotional video, click here.

For directions and more information, click here.

I’m not sure when I’ll be going yet, but I definitely plan on checking this out.

~Donovan

HT: Loydene Wilcoxson

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Russel Moore’s much anticipated  and widely endorsed book, “Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches“, has just been released.

 Tim Challies:

It might be easy to write off a book like this one, assuming that it only has relevance to families who are actually considering adopting a child. But Moore’s ambition goes beyond asking young families to adopt orphaned children. “In this book I want to call us all to consider how encouraging adoption—whether we adopt or whether we help others adopt—can help us peer into the ancient mystery of our faith in Christ and can help us restore the fracturing unity and the atrophied mission of our congregation.” As Moore explains, “The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world.” It is the gospel that calls us to adopt but it is also the gospel that teaches us how to understand adoption. In fact, “as we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.” And so this book is for anyone and everyone.

Read Tim Challies’ full review here.

I’ve ordered a copy and look forward to reading it.

~Donovan

The Together for Adoption blog:

“What would move a Christian couple to adopt when adoption means walking a path of deep suffering and profound heartbreak? Read this post by Zach Nielsen to find out.”

Please do read the post linked to above – it’s powerful, and the truths it delves into are applicable for all of us.

~Donovan

HT: Justin Taylor

          
I’ve been dialoguing with Josh Mack, a missionary in Pretoria, South Africa (his dad is the author and biblical counselor, Wayne Mack, who is also a missionary in South Africa now. Josh has co-authored a few books with his dad). Josh is pouring himself out in mercy ministry. What he’s facing is heart-breaking, and what he’s doing, by God’s grace, is incredibly encouraging… This is a recent update on his ministry:
     
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I’m very much looking forward to reading Russel Moore’s soon-to-be-released book, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches.

Russell Moore:

Whenever I tell people that I’m working on a book on adoption, they’ll often say something along the lines of, “Great. So, is the book about the doctrine of adoption or, you know, real adoption?” That’s a hard question to answer, because you can’t talk about the one without talking about the other. Also, it is not as though we master one aspect and then move to the other–from the “vertical” to the “horizontal” or the other way around. That’s not the picture God has embedded in his creation work. The Bible tells us that human families are reflective of an eternal Fatherhood (Eph 3:15). We know, then, what human fatherhood ought to look like on the basis of how our Father God behaves toward us. But the reverse is also true. We see something of the way our God is fatherly toward us through our relationships with human fathers. And so Jesus tells us in our human father’s provision and discipline we get a glimpse of God’s active love for us (Matt 7:9-11; Heb 12:5-17). The same truth is at work in adoption. Adoption is, on the one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God. Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned. As soon as you peer into the truth of the one aspect, you fall headlong into the truth of the other, and vice-versa. That’s because it’s the way the gospel is. Jesus reconciles us to God–and to each other. As we love God, we love our neighbor; as we love our neighbor, we love our God. We believe Jesus in “heavenly things”–our adoption in Christ–so we follow him in “earthly things”–the adoption of children. Without the theological aspect, the emphasis on adoption too easily is seen as mere charity. Without the missional aspect, the doctrine of adoption too easily is seen as mere metaphor.

~Donovan

HT: Vitamin Z

A wonderful story of adoption

February 19, 2009

Heather and I would like to adopt as many orphans as we can. In South Africa (where I was born and raised, and where we hope to live in a few years), there are currently 2,800,000 orphans – 1 orphan for every 10 adults! The problem is staggering here too, but much less publicized. I found this man’s story of adoptions very encouraging (read it here). Perhaps God could use you in a similar way… Will you prayerfully consider serving and impacting lives through adoption and/or foster care?

James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

~Donovan

HT: Tim Challies

This video about Georgia’s head football coach, Mark Richt, and the two Ukrainian orphans he and his wife adopted, is well worth watching. The picture it paints of God’s grace and genuine Christian love is beautiful! Click here to watch it.  

HT: Justin Taylor

My buddy Gunner frequently talks about the pictures of our adoption in Christ that he and his wife are blessed to see through the adoption of their son Judah. This article by Russel Moore is along those lines (I found it through Justin Taylor’s blog). It is excellent and well worth reading:

The Brotherhood of Sons

~ Donovan

My dear friends Gunner and Cindi recently adopted a little boy from Uganda. It has been such a blessing to follow the lengthy, often difficult adoption process, seeing God’s faithfulness to work this out, to grow his children, and to magnify himself in and through them… I hope to post more on their story soon. For now, be encouraged by this sweet moment Gunner enjoyed savoring God’s grace

~ Donovan