Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Meet The Grahams


Since it is National Adoption Month, I thought I would spotlight a family who was in the beginning of the adoption process: Phillip and Celeste Graham.

Too often, Christians who adopt children are met with indifference. Even among others in the church, they find deaf ears to their financial need and it is a big one when adopting internationally. Too many Christians think this is a personal decision that, if a family wants to adopt a child then they should have to pay for it by themselves. What they don't understand is that this is missional work and it's bringing the mission field into their homes. I have stated many times that we are not all called to adopt, but we are all called to take care of the orphans of the world. This is one way that people can step up and help a wonderful family adopt a special needs child from Eastern Europe.

The scriptures repeatedly reminds us that God is a Father to the fatherless and that His heart is with the orphan Phillip and Celeste Graham have had it placed on their hearts to adopt, their hearts are beating as God's does, and they are moving according to His call for their family.

While we can join with this family in prayer, we should also do so financially. As I said, international adoption is expensive and those expenses don't end once you bring the child home.  Certainly God wants His church to help meet the needs of others, as 1 John 3:17 tells us, "But is anyone has the world's goods and see his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" One can see this again in the book of Acts how believers "sold property and possessions to give to anyone in need." (2:45).

Please prayerfully consider helping this family as they live out the gospel, make one less orphan in the world, and show a child the love of not only a family, but also God's love.

To learn more about the Graham's story, they have a blog that can be followed at:
http://tobelongtobeloved.blogspot.com/

To help support them in their adoption go to:
https://www.youcaring.com/phillip-and-celeste-graham-457917

Their adoption t-shirt can be purchased at:
https://www.booster.com/tobelongtobeloved

They also found a local coffee company who is donating part of the proceeds of coffee purchased to their adoption fund:
http://enderlycoffee.com/grahams

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