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Recently our pastor, Matt Chandler, said, “Job was a guy who lost everything and learned that God is enough. Solomon was a guy who had everything and learned it was not enough.” Christ is enough. This is true on a personal level, and in ministry as well.

Some in the orphan ministry movement have gravitated towards a humanitarian perspective. Seeing all people as made in the image of God and meriting our love is, of course, very Christian (Matt. 25). At a luncheon meeting at one of China’s largest children’s hospitals, an elderly vice president began to speak. He explained that, “this hospital was founded by American missionaries in the 19th century.” I was again struck by the legacy of Christian humanitarian care, which had survived despite over 60 years of communism.

But as marvelous as this is, it is not enough. It is not enough for the Christian to serve out of humanitarian motives. After all, good deeds can be done in the name of Jesus without us knowing Him. (Matt. 7:21-23). And at the end of the day, the needs of orphans are the same as the needs of us all—needs that are both physical and spiritual. At the end of the day, food, clothing, and care is not enough. We need the Gospel.

That is I what I love most about Together for Adoption. Their 2011 event is coming up October 21-22, in Phoenix. This event offers insight that will equip attendees for many opportunities within orphan ministry. But, most importantly, it is the desire of Dan Cruver, Jason Kovacs, The Abba Fund and the rest of their speakers to make this event Gospel-centric. Many of us do not worship sincerely in our hearts because we do not fully see the spectacular reality of the Gospel. If you attend T4A this month you will get great teaching that will unveil anew the amazing Grace of God’s plan to make us family through His Son. It’s an amazing event and resource. If you’re able, I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend!



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