As many of you have read, my wife and I have really been praying through adoption and how God would have us advocate for orphans in our city. Connecting with another college minister (Michael Mears at FSU) via Twitter who was in the adoption process got me to thinking…
For many college students, there perspective of normal family life is driven by the foundation laid by their parents primarily, but secondarily by the relationships they see closest to the time when marriage and family becomes a reality.
There is enormous potential for college ministries to create a culture of adoption which shifts the coming generation’s perspective of “normal family planning”.
Reflecting on my own journey, I didn’t really consider adoption honestly because I had never really thought about it. I had no real example of adoption as a tangible display of the gospel, and at best in my mind it was an alternative for people who could not conceive naturally. I’m wondering if I had encountered it in college, when the idea of family became somewhat of a reality in the not-too-distant future, if I might have considered a different path for our family (sovereignty of God issues aside…).
All this to say that people ministering to college students have an enormous potential to create a gospel culture in an emerging generation preparing to have families, and I hope and pray that God would use men like Michael to cultivate a heart for the orphan amongst students.
Pray with me that God would breath a spirit of adoption into the hearts of college ministries across the globe!