"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."
- James 1:27
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We are excited to announce that November is just around the corner, which means so is National Adoption Month! As always, in Canada, we are partnering with US ministry Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) to bring you resources, videos, promo material and ideas to use in your church, bible study, ministry, etc. Please check back often on our 2014 Orphan Sunday page to see a growing list of churches offering something on a Sunday during November, find resources and lots of other helpful things. Here in Canada, we are flexible, so you can do an event any Sunday in November and it can look many different ways. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what your idea is or get some of ours. Enjoy the promo video and please share it!
Natasha and Lucas had always wanted a big family. With 6 biological kids in the first 8 years of marriage, their house was quite full. But, “adoption was a distant dream” that felt very far away. How could they add any more children into a small space? “Although scared, we knew beyond a doubt God wasn't looking for an ideal situation, but willing hearts”.
They were connected with two little boys from the DR Congo and have since loved being a family of 10! One year later they have already signed themselves up for another adoption! So 10 will shortly be 11!
They have finished their paperwork and documents and are heading to Lesotho very shortly! What an exciting journey!
Head over to their blog page to watch the video they posted and read their full story and join us in praying for this large and growing family! Love really abounds in this house, no matter how squishy it may be.
Here's the second part from our last post on pastoring adoptive parents. To read Part 1, click here.
6. Keep on encouraging them.
Those who step out in faith to adopt enter a journey filled with many ups and downs. Keep supporting them throughout the process. Ideally, they will have a care group or some close friends that will be able to do this as well.
7. Provide financial counsel and help.
The majority of couples adopting are challenged by the high costs. Any ways that you can provide encouragement and help financially will express love in a very tangible way.
One way you can do this is by establishing a church adoption fund to offer grants and loans to members.
8. Cry with them and celebrate with them.
The majority of adoptions are filled with great highs and great lows.
There are often many tears shed due to failed placements and other setbacks. There is also unparalleled joy in being matched with your child and bringing them home.
Do what you can to enter into their experience. Embody the compassion and empathy of Christ in the hard times and magnify the joy of the Father in the celebration.
9. Celebrate adoptions publicly in services.
Give time during worship services not only to teach on God’s heart for orphans, but also to celebrate specific adoptions. You can perhaps do this as part of Sanctity of Life Sunday or in conjunction with another special day such as Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day. Also, November is National Adoption Awareness Month.
There are many ways you can publicly celebrate adoption during the service such having an adoptive family share their story, honoring adoptive parents in the congregation, or taking a special offering for your church adoption fund. Be creative!
10. Don’t feel like you have to have all the answers.
Use the wisdom and experience of the Christian adoption community. There are a growing number of resources available, including many churches that have ministries aimed at promoting and supporting adoption.
Encourage those in your church who have a passion for adoption to lead the church in caring for the fatherless and supporting adoption. And remember you are not alone! There is a community of others to support you and above all, God, the Father of the fatherless, is with you to provide all that is needed to follow his call to care for the “least of these.”
One of our board members, Jason Kovacs wrote this blog post about 10 ways to pastor adoptive parents and those considering adoption. It is written to a US audience, so some of the references are from the US. However, the content and principles are very relevant to a Canadian audience as well. Enjoy!
There are many ways that you can express your pastoral care for those considering adoption and those who have adopted already. As an adoptive father and former pastor, I offer a few thoughts on how to help adoption become a biblically based, heart-led, missional movement in your church and not merely another program on your church’s list.
1. Develop your own heart for the fatherless.
God calls Himself a “father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5) and emphasizes throughout Scripture his special care for orphans. In fact, the very heart of the gospel is God’s passion to not only redeem sinners but to adopt them as his very sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Many adoptive parents and those pursuing adoption feel alone in their churches because it seems like no one understands. By communicating that adoption is fundamentally connected to the gospel and the nature of God you will challenge the view that adoption is a “plan B” if a couple cannot have children biologically.
2. Do a biblical study on God’s perspective on orphans.
As you develop your heart for adoption, pass this on to your people in your preaching. You can start by simply looking up all the instances in the Bible to the “fatherless.”
3. Educate yourself on basic facts about adoption and orphan care.
Did you know there are roughly 129,000 children waiting to be adopted today in the US and over 132 million orphans worldwide? That is a starting point to stir your heart to pray and cry to God for his justice and grace to be poured out on their behalf.
Some websites I've found helpful in keeping me aware of these issues are...
Cry of the OrphanJoint Council of International Children's ServicesUS State Department Office of Children's IssuesUS Department of Health and Human Services
Your awareness of these kinds of things will speak volumes to the church you lead. Whether it is through your preaching, teaching, or just regular conversation, your church will begin to hear this and will gain God’s heart and perspective on adoption.
Your understanding will also touch those who have adopted and who are considering it.
4. Ask questions.
Listening is one of the most powerful expressions of your care. Learn to ask the right questions. Here are a few good ones to ask:
Why are you considering adoption? Are you both on the same page? If not, where do you differ?Do you both have the faith for adoption?Are you aware of the risks, ups, downs, and unknowns of adoption?Have you talked to other adoptive families about their experience?Have you been praying together about this?Where do you feel called to adopt from?What kind of support do you have in place?Are you aware of the cost of adoption? How will you pay for it? Will you need help?
5. Remind them that they desire a good and God-magnifying thing.
Encourage those pursuing adoption with God’s heart for the fatherless. Encourage them with God’s promises to direct their steps (Prov 16:9). Encourage them with God’s faithfulness to provide.
To be continued...
Last month we introduced you to the Mahoneys and shared their family's story of how they wanted to help an ABBA family. We want to thank them for a very successful event that will bless an ABBA family. Here is their update on how things went.
"We had a perfect day and raised a total of $1,372!!! $687 in direct donations and an additional $685 from the Yard Sale & Lemonade Fundraiser. Megan & Mikayla baked cupcakes & cookies and made endless pitchers of Lemonade that started selling quickly once the sun started shining down on us. They had a couple of neighbourhood friends join them to help for the day.
Once the sale was done, we held a raffle for 12 gift certificates that were donated from local restaurants and had the pleasure of calling the winners to share the good news. Lastly, we boxed up all of the leftover items and dropped them off to the local Goodwill so others can benefit from the donated items that we couldn’t sell.
A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who supported us through this event. We’re all a bit tired, but the girls both said that all the work was worth it and they can’t wait to do it all over again next year!"