Oh wow. I read this quote, and my heart screamed, YES, YES, THIS IS TRUE! THIS IS WHAT IS ALREADY HAPPENING TO ME! Let me tell you, if you take ONE STEP towards adoption, JUST ONE, then God will open His floodgates and start a work in your heart, even before you are ever CLOSE to holding your little child. What’s even greater about this quote is that it isn’t talking about one individual’s changing heart, but about an entire CHURCH changing through starting an orphan ministry. God, awaken the hearts of our churches through orphan ministries!!
“As our church grows excited about orphan ministry, I see people understanding the character of God more. I feel that we are coming to grasp the love of God more deeply. I also see it growing our understanding of biblical love — that it involves real sacrifice; it gives like God does to those who have no way to pay you back. The impact spills out beyond the church. People outside our church that you never would have expected are intrigued, asking questions, because they’re seeing the adoptions and care for the foster kids. It really gives the church a more powerful testimony to the community.”
Daniel Bennett, paster of Bethany Community Church in Peoria, IL