World Magazine article, Look After Orphans (Paul Golden, January 30, 2010), presents 20 proactive ways in which our church can answer the call to ‘look after orphans in their distress’ (James 1:27).

9. Encourage the church family to give financially to adoptive couples. Giving financially to adoptive parents is one of the most—if not the most—significant things you can do. As potential couples take the giant step of faith in the adoption process, one of the biggest concerns will be “how are we going to pay for this”? A monetary gift along with a note of encouragement can greatly encourage the couple by affirming their decision to pursue adoption.

10. Create a standing church fund for adoptions costs. Church members can contribute to this special fund that adoptive families can utilize (either an interest-free loan or one-time gifts to these couples).

These are a little out of order from the original list, but they are timely. Sunday, Mar. 21, is the second Sunday of the adoption fund special offering begin taken up at LaGrange Baptist.  Through a new partnership with Lifesong for Orphans, LaGrange Baptist will be establishing a fund just for LBC members.

We know that while many Christian couples have the desire and resources to care for an adopted child, the initial costs keep many from following God’s call to adopt. This new fund from which qualified LBC couples can receive financial help will enable many to pursue adoption. Lifesong for Orphans will provide the administration and facilitation of the Fund at no cost to LaGrange Baptist! So, we’re on our way to becoming more “adoption-friendly” here at LBC!