Adoption and The Gospel delivers a sound biblical perspective on adoption. Author Gerald Clark chronicles his struggle to overcome his traditional image of an orphanage, and how he learned from his heart-wrenching personal experiences with orphans what they so desperately desire and need. Six years of working in an orphanage in the Philippines left him and his wife seeking answers to difficult questions of children such as, “If God loves me, why am I an orphan?” and “If you love me, why don’t you adopt me?”
Clark says that adoption illustrates something unique about the gospel. Without it we would not have a full understanding of God’s love. Jesus came into the world to bring us a living example of God’s love, “ . . . so that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5) Examining adoption in the Bible, he argues the solution to the world’s orphan crisis is not more orphanages, but many more adoptions. See how an adoption ministry equips churches to answer this special call, and how God has called millions of individual families around the world to adopt.
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Get more on unique ministry of adoption with Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption.
Adoption and the Gospel paints in vibrant color the beauty of God’s love for orphans and how ordinary Christians can reflect that love in our lives.
—Jedd Medefine, president, Christian Alliance for Orphans
“Many Christians around the world have responded to the orphan crisis, but few biblical resources exist to guide this response. . . . This study should be required reading for anyone serving the orphan abroad, planning a mission trip, or planning to adopt.”
—Jodi Jackson Tucker, international director, Orphan Sunday, Christian Alliance for Orphans
My personal understanding of God’s purposes and methods has been stretched and expanded in very practical ways. Gerald Clark’s observations from the Word of God will challenge you to the very core of your being.
—Glenn Sparks, Bible teacher and music minister, Community Bible Church, Cave Junction, Oregon
Gerald D. Clark worked as a missionary in an orphanage from 1996—2002. While serving as a business administrator for the orphanage, he discovered that adoption is far more cost-effective than institutional care—especially when children are adopted by families in their own country and culture. Alongside his wife, he has been speaking, teaching, and advocating for adoption as a ministry since 1997. In 2003, they established the Home For Good Foundation.