Part of how we were drawn to Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis was their passion for the orphan. With ministries like the MICAH fund and the LYDIA fund that help to financially support couples who are adopting, we were fully aware of the commitment and passion that the Church exemplified.
In fact, the first sermon we ever heard by Dr. John Piper, given on Father's Day 2004, dealt the topic of adoption. This sermon, Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory was life changing and one of the best sermons I had ever heard up until that point. Now that we have had the privilege of sitting under Piper's teaching and preaching for the last several years, it seems like the sermons just keep getting better and better. The Lord is using this man in such a powerful way in our lives.
The past week was Orphan Sunday at Church. We have a passion for children who need homes temporarily or permanently. On the day of Maisy's adoption and because of an obscure law on the books, we had to close our foster care license after 15 years of providing care for children in need. I thought that was going to be a difficult transition for us...but we prayed that God would use this to open new doors in our ministry. The first booth I came across just two days after closing our license was a new ministry that is beginning through Bethelehem. The Lord did not take long to open a new door! The ministry is an organization of volunteers that will provide short term care for families in need. Whether a mother is in a drug treatment program or facing homelessless, she will have a place for her children to go while she is facing a crisis.
I could barely sit through Church, I was SO excited. I am thankful that Bethelehem is taking another step in caring for our community and for children. I am so excited to be a part of this ministry. God is so good and I am so thankful...