Shirley and I returned on Sunday from the 2015 Best Practices for Ministry conference at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ. We had the opportunity to be encouraged and encourage the over 1,500 participants and countless volunteers. Shirley and I presented (for the first time publicly) our story of adoption through a presentation entitled It Takes a Church.
Our journey through adoption is a story of struggle, perseverance, and an amazing God who provides. Without the intervention and support of the body of Christ our story would have ended much differently. The greatest struggle we faced in this journey is called Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Even within our closest friends and family, there are few who fully understand what this looks like on a day to day basis. The good news is you don’t need to fully understand to be a support. Fortunately we had MANY around us that understand that It Takes a Church.
Today I came across a video from a speaker I had never heard of on the topic of adoption and RAD. His opening premise I support 200%. (I never was good at math) If the church is going to speak about and encourage families to adopt children in need, which it should, it MUST talk about RAD and it must commit to be with the adoptive families through the long haul. The body should never encourage someone to step out and use their gifts, resources and time if they are not willing to journey with them.
This is a topic Shirley and I feel very passionately about. We would welcome the opportunity to come and share with your congregation, ministry, or organization about our journey of adoption. As an author, speaker and storyteller, this is more than a hobby for me. It is a calling and it is my job. We do this to support the body of Christ and hope to derive our livelihood from it. But when it comes to the topic of adoption, if we can make it work, and you can cover our expenses, we will come and speak!
Please take the 22 minutes required to watch this video below and pass it on to a friend. The battle for broken children in need in this world is great. The church must become vocal about this opportunity to be the church!