Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tony Merida & Orphanology

Awakening: Biblical Foundations for Orphan Care

"The church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force in the world. It has the power of the Holy Spirit, the best news in the world, financial wealth, a multitude of troops, access to technology, and for the first time in history, the ability to travel to anywhere in the world in a day or two. Indeed, the church can turn the world upside down by acts of mercy and the proclamation of the good news. Orphan care and adoption is part of this redemptive mission." 

Awakening: Biblical Foundations for Orphan Care - Dr. Tony Merida

Friday, November 7 - 6:30pm - Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia Campus

Child Care Is Available For Infants - 5 years old

  • 6:30pm - Dr. Tony Merida - Biblical Foundations for Orphan Care
  • 7:30pm - Dessert Reception and Adoption & Orphan Care Exposition 
Here is a link to Parkwood's site for the event:

Pastor, professor, husband and father of five, Tony Merida is a leading evangelical voice on biblical exposition, church planting, global missions, and orphan care. Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. He also serves as a professor of preaching and church planting at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. His books include Faithful Preaching, Orphanology, Proclaiming Jesus (EBook), and eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series (B&H), of which he also serves as a general editor, along with Danny Akin and David Platt.

Merida and his wife adopted four Ukrainian children -- all siblings -- in 2009 and then a year later adopted a fifth child from Ethiopia. Within a span of two years, their house went from having no children to five children. 

"I'm hopeful for the future," said Merida, "There seems to be a great interest in caring for orphans among evangelicals. I'm no expert in this field. I'm just a pastor and trying to help people connect the dots biblically, and I hope the next generation will take it further, practicing true religion."

"Adoption isn't the only solution to the orphan care crisis. When you look around the world at 140 million-plus orphans, many of them are not adoptable. They're not available for adoption. And in many countries, you can't bring these children home. And so I think the church should be thinking creatively and intentionally about how to care for these kids in terms of maybe sponsorship, in terms of helping to educate them, in terms of taking the Gospel to them. A big one would be transitional assistance for children who are not adoptable -- how can we get them jobs, how can we get them into society and help them have a successful life? Churches could even underwrite an orphanage."

A link to Tony Merida's site is:

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