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This mother gives away her children

Baptist Press reports:

THAILAND (BP) — Instead of receiving flowers on Mother’s Day last year, Susan Quaid* marked the day by giving away a child.

Susan, who cares for at-risk children in Thailand as an International Mission Board worker, recalls when she traveled to another country last year to help facilitate the adoption of a child she had reared since it was four days old.

Emotions came pouring out when Susan attended an international church service before returning to her home that day in Thailand.

“The message was so good for me,” she said. “I was bawling all through it and later a woman came up to me and asked, ‘Can I pray for you?’ She didn’t know I was in that country just to give this baby away.”

Susan had been asked to care for the baby by the family of the birth mother who had been a student in Thailand and became pregnant. Susan worked closely with the family and an adoption agency to ensure that the child would find a loving home.

“Mother’s Day is not always a happy day,” she said. “That dawned on me last year, and I realized that we all need to be aware of our community because there are moms who are grieving today.”

It was a painful day but hardly unique for Susan, who usually has as many as 10 children living with her and her family. Susan has learned to say goodbye to several children after years of caring for them as a foster parent.

“It never gets easy to part,” she said. “I didn’t think about that part. But it’s worth it because we see these children that don’t get adopted and know our care makes a difference.”

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God’s heart for orphans: Summit VIII

Mission Network News reports:

Over 100 partners and 2,000 individuals gathered together last Thursday and Friday to discuss how to address one issue: orphan care.

Saddleback Church in southern California hosted the eighth annual Summit on May 3-4, conducted by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Tiffany Taylor with Orphan Outreach says the entire conference was electrifying.

“The atmosphere was just so exciting with over 2,000 people from all across the nation gathered together, excited about helping orphans and making a difference for something that’s so close to God’s heart,” notes Taylor, who came early to the Summit to conduct special orphan care sessions.

For Orphan Outreach in particular, says Taylor, the two-day Summit VIII was enough to re-energize the team. The rejuvenation was highly welcome for all orphan care groups in attendance, who have the weight of reaching the world’s 153 million orphans on their shoulders. Work can get tiring, and the fellowship at the Summit along with the motivation of speakers like Francis Chan and Crawford Loritts were a breath of fresh air.

Much wider-reaching effects came from the Summit than just revitalization. Taylor says the urgency to help orphans grows every year in the hearts of those in attendance.

“As this conference has grown every year, we have really seen that more and more people are understanding about God’s heart for the orphan,” says Taylor.

“If you read the Bible and you want that to be your road map for life, it’s very clear that God wants us to be involved in the orphan’s life,” she adds. “Whether that’s adoption, whether that’s foster care or global orphan care (working with the orphans on the ground), the church has really come alive with this mission.”

As everyday believers and orphan ministries press on after the Summit — charged with God’s heart for the fatherless, pray that their passion would transform into lives changed. Taylor reminds us, “These orphans may not have a father, but they can know and have a personal relationship with their heavenly Father.”

Information about the 2013 summit, which will be held May 2-3 in Nashville, Tenn., is available at the Alliance for Orphans website.

Russell Moore on creating an “adoption culture” in your church.

Love for orphans transforms

On Pastors.com:

Unwanted infants in ancient Rome were often disposed of via the practice of “exposing.” In 374 AD, the Christian emperor Valentinian banned the practice. But for centuries prior, a marginalized group gained a reputation for rescuing these children: Christians.

The early church was known, even among many who despised it, as a people who defended the orphan. This witness was one powerful factor in the vibrant life and growth of Christianity in its first 300 years, and at other high points in history as well. It is becoming that way again.

Christianity Today recently called it “the burgeoning orphan care movement.” This May, Christians committed to this vision will gather at Saddleback Church for the national Summit VIII of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

As Christians rise to this call to “defend the fatherless,” it is not only children that are rescued. Individual Christians and entire Christian communities are drawn beyond flaccid, self-centered religion. Together, we are invited deep into vibrant, sacrificial, life-giving choices that make God’s heart visible to a watching world.

Loving orphans will change your life and your church. Four reasons why.

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