When Merida was asked to preach at a youth camp on the subject of poverty, he began studying the subject in-depth, looking at the issue from a worldwide perspective.
He started to see, he said later, that “the poorest of the poor are the fatherless.” He then examined what the Bible had to say about adoption.
“Basically, I got convicted by my own preaching,” Merida told Baptist Press.
Merida and his wife adopted four Ukrainian children — all siblings — in 2009 and then a year later adopted a fifth child from Ethiopia. Within a span of two years, their house went from having no children to five children. And he says he wouldn’t change anything.
Merida is part of a growing movement within the evangelical community that is giving a new look at adoption from a theological perspective, comparing earthly adoption to spiritual adoption. In his book “Orphanology” (New Hope) coauthored with Rick Morton, Merida makes the case…Continue Reading