Pastor adopts, encourages other Christians to do same

The senior pastor of Wolfforth First Baptist Church’s family doubled at Christmas, and he’d like you to increase yours, too.

Jason Thompson and his wife, Amy, recently adopted four kids into their family, adding to the original two children they already had.

“Probably what we didn’t expect was how easy the transition has been,” said Thompson, adding that they had been told to expect a honeymoon period followed by a rough transition period.

So far, that has not been the case, he said.

“You have to be very regimented and a bit more organized,” he said of life with six kids. “Other than that, it’s not bad.”

Thompson said it is clear in the scriptures that Christians are commanded to care for orphans — even those whose birth parents may live, but have abandoned them or had to give them up, he said. Like orphans, he said Christians have been rescued from an orphan state and adopted into the family of God.

Over the years, Thompson said churches have given up their traditional role of maintaining orphanages.

“Sadly, churches have let the state, let government take over, and we haven’t done what we’re called to do,” he said. “It should be a prominent thing in our church culture.”

So Thompson and the staff at First Baptist Church in Wolfforth have put together an adoption conference June 5-6. Professor Russell Moore, of Southern Seminary, will talk about his book, “Adopted for Life,” and will discuss his own adoption of Russian orphans and why Christians should do it.

The conference will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the first of three 90-minute sessions. Two additional sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning in place of the normal Sunday services. Thompson said the 9:30 Sunday session will be in a question-and-answer format. A concert by Christian singer Andrew Peterson will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday; although it will require an $8 fee per person attending, the other sessions in the conference are all free.

Thompson said each session will build on the others, but even attending just one will be helpful.

The pastor said adoption has become a hot topic in recent years with many celebrities adopting, and although Thompson said he does not always approve of celebrity lifestyles, he is happy that more people are talking about adoption now.

If just one family in each church in the U.S. adopted a child, Thompson said, all children currently waiting for adoption would have a home.

“If just Southern Baptist Churches in Texas, if two families adopted one child, all the kids waiting for adoption would be adopted in Texas,” said Thompson.

He laughed as he acknowledged that having adopted four children, he put a dent into those numbers.

“Subtract one church from that statistic, because we did four,” he joked.

Thompson said whether a family decides to adopt within the state or internationally is a personal choice.

“When you start asking that question, a lot of times what people are asking is more financial burden,” he said. Adopting a foreign child may cost more money, he said, but there is a lot of paperwork involved in adopting in the U.S.

“There’s a ton, a ton of paperwork. You’ve got to be determined to adopt in the states,” said Thompson.

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