Adoption is God’s idea.

Before the beginning of time, God picked us to be adopted into His family. We were orphans – without a future or a hope – until He rescued us from our helpless place in life. Adoption was our only hope!

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.
Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT

The most natural response to being chosen and adopted into God’s family? Give that same love to those who are orphaned and without hope. See them with the same love we ourselves received. It’s not only a sign of compassion but it’s a mark of obedience.

For some, that will mean financially supporting an orphan or orphanage. Churches, families and bible study groups can ‘adopt an orphanage’ and take on the monthly support for staffing and supplying a Widows and Orphans Home.

Some will go to those places around the world where widows and orphans are in great need of help. YWAM has many short-term missions opportunities.

And for many more, adopting one or more orphaned children is the Spirit-caused reply to God’s great love.

Let’s never forget – we are His kids by adoption. It’s why we can cry ‘Abba Father!’ Every child needs a parent.

How does God want YOU to respond?

Orphans of God
Who here among us has not been broken?
Who here among us is without guilt or pain?
So oft’ abandoned by our transgressions
If such a thing as grace exists
Then grace was made for lives like this

There are no strangers
There are no outcasts
There are no orphans of God
So many fallen, but hallelujah
There are no orphans of God

Come ye unwanted and find affection
Come all ye weary, come and lay down your head
Come ye unworthy, you are my brother
If such a thing as grace exists
Then grace was made for lives like this

O blessed Father, look down upon us
We are Your children, we need Your love
We run before Your throne of mercy
And seek Your face to rise above
written by Mark Heard