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Friday, August 21, 2020

FW: A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Nine-year-old Jordan wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

"Why do you want to be a police officer?" asked Reporter Lacey Lett.

"Because they're fun and they protect people," he said.

But there's something that Jordan wants even more: a family.

Jordan has a brother, Braison. Braison has been adopted and Jordan does not
get to see him very often. Jordan is living in a group home; he has been in
the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) for six years.

Jordan longs for a family of his own.

"If you could go anywhere - anywhere in the whole wide world - where would
it be?" Lett asked.

"To an adoption party for a home," Jordan replied.

And if he were granted three wishes?

"To have a family, and family, family. Those are the only wishes I have,"
Jordan said.

"The reason it's important is because -- so I could have some people to talk
to anytime I need to," Jordan explained. "I hope one of y'all pick me."

After his interview was aired on KFOR, families from several different
states reached out to the news station, wanting to adopt him, according to
The Daily Mail. Lett reported that OKDHS has received thousands of online
inquiries and countless phone calls to their hotline with people wanting to
adopt Jordan.

There is Good News for everyone: there IS a place that everyone can call
home. There is a Father that wants to adopt every person who will accept
His invitation. His family is the church - "a place to call home," a people
to call family.

God wants YOU to be a part of His forever family.

The Father paid a great price in order to adopt you. Peter reminded some in
God's family of that great price: "For you know that it was not with
perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the
empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the
precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19

God will save from sin, adopt into His family, and give eternal life to
those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from
their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ (Acts 2:38). Those who
accept His offer receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy
Spirit (Acts 2:38), and they are adopted (or "born again") into the family
of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote to some who accepted God's offer of adoption: "For
you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received
the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit
Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if
children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we
suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together" (Romans 8:15-17

Borrowing some words from Jordan, "I hope ALL of y'all accept God's offer!"

-- David A. Sargent

* Information gleaned from "'I hope one of y'all pick me,' 9-year-old boy
desperately wants a place to call home" by Lacey Lett of KFOR,,
and "Oklahoma boy gets 5,000 adoption inquiries in 12 hours after
heartbreaking interview in which he pleaded for a family" by Nick Givas,

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