The STAFFORD'S

Jonathan and Emilie are high school sweethearts, parents to Nora, Ambrose and Micah and in the process of adopting 1-2 children from Ghana. Jonathan and Emilie have been in ministry for nearly a decade and are passionate about discipleship through the local church. Emilie first felt led to adoption when she lived in an orphanage in East Africa for a summer during college. Jonathan’s desire for adoption sprung from a growing passion for missions and the implications of his own adoption into the family of God. The truths of the Gospel have so impacted Jonathan and Emilie’s hearts that adoption seemed to be a natural response to all that Christ has done for them.

Millions of Africans were trafficked from West Africa, during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Along the coast of Ghana, as countless Africans were ushered onto ships, their last steps in their homeland took them through a doorway now known as “The Door of No Return”. This door marked the final step of their journey out of freedom into the horrors of slavery. When our Ghanaian (guh-NAY-uhn) child(ren) leave the soil of Ghana they will not be leaving as slaves, but as sons and daughters (Galatians 4:7). Their “Door of No Return” means that they will never again be an orphan.

It is our prayer that their adoption will not stop at just a physical, earthly adoption. Spiritually, we were at the threshold of the “Door of No Return” because of our sin. But Christ walked through that door for us, endured separation from His Father on the cross and took on sin and death so that we, too, might never again be orphans. It is our spiritual adoption in Christ that motivates and sustains our pursuit of adoption. We pray that you would support us on this journey and answer the call to care for the Fatherless. Not everyone is called to adopt, but all are called to care for the orphan.

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