Linking You Up

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Deciding to Adopt
@Just Showing Up
Some people are just curious, and others can't fathom why a couple with three biological children would choose to raise and love a child (or four) not born to them.  The fact is of course that most of us have multiple reasons for embarking on such a journey--and it's not as simple as an in-the-middle-of-the-produce-aisle-of-the-grocery-store answer might afford.  Especially when your two-year-old is attempting to sneakily put assorted bags of candy into your cart while pulling your four-year-old's hair.

Are Short Term Mission Trips Wasteful?
@My Crazy Adoption
I think the conversation about short-term mission trips vs. long-term holistic solutions should be started in scripture.

Realistic Expectations – The First Year Home
@EMK Press
For adoptive families as they put away their travel suitcases, preconceived notions and get down to the job of parenting.
This is a link we send to all of our adopting families as they prepare to bring their children home.  There are lots of excellent articles in this free download!

Joshua Project
Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ. Accurate, regularly updated ethnic people group information is critical for understanding and completing the Great Commission. While no one knows the date or time of His return, we do know that this gospel of the kingdom must be preached to all the nations first. Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10 show that there will be some from every tribe, tongue, nation and people before the Throne.

This is a great website that identifies the ethnic people groups of the world and which are still unreached for Christ.  You can click on any country in the world and find find fascinating statistics on languages, people groups, religion and population numbers.  There is also a persecution ranking of the top 50 countries where individuals experience religious persecution for practicing their faith.

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