Where are you going, Abraham?
“I don’t know.”
It wasn’t because he lacked a GPS. It wasn’t because he was too stubborn to ask for directions. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had packed their bags and forsook the security of a familiar place and a comfortable life without any clue about a destination or where they would lay their heads at night. They did this, not in search of fame or riches (though they would find both), but because a voice in the darkness had said, “Go to a land I will show you.” It wasn’t just any voice. It was, as Andrew Peterson sings, a voice of love and thunder deep. It was the kind of voice you can’t ignore, because to hear it is to be changed by it. It was the voice of the God who created the heavens and the earth, now creating a new life for them both. Abraham may not have known where he was going, but there was no denying the call.
When a girl breaks your heart, son,
you never forget her; soon enough,
you’ll see what I mean.
I remember how it happens –
She turns and smiles at you, pretty
surprising to your oblivious self.
You may know that the word “deacon” means “servant.” You probably have deacons who faithfully serve the families in your church. But have you ever considered deacons who serve the needs of the orphan or foster child?
Daniel Hord is the deacon for orphan care ministry at CrossPointe Church in Columbus, GA. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children. Daniel and Jenny have a unique understanding of adoption, having grown their family biologically, as well as through domestic and international adoption. Clement Arts caught up with Daniel to ask him about adoption ministry, both in the home and the local church. Continue reading
Kyle and Virginia Crutchfield are adoptive parents living in Columbus, GA. Tarana Caroline, 8 years old, is their only child. Kyle is in the Army Reserves and currently attends CSU. Virginia is director/instructor at The Campus at Columbus, a new private school in town, also a consultant for Rodan+Fields skincare. The couple grew up in Alabama, Virginia in Troy and Kyle in Daphne. They have lived in Columbus for four years, originally stationed here with the Army, and have stayed for the community, especially the adoption community.
Clement Arts caught up with Virginia to find out more about their adoption experience.