In light of the coming, and existing, orphan crisis in South Africa I’ve been thinking through the Christian response and the varied ways in which the church could possibly respond. Adoption would obviously rank quite high on possible options for response and something that all Christians should think about. Interestingly it is something that great Christians of the past have thought about too. Consider this excerpt from the life of pioneer missionary to the Tswana people in South Africa, Robert Moffat and his wife:
‘In addition to their own children, they also adopted two San (Bushman) orphans in 1822. Moffat had unexpectedly come across a party of San digging a grave for a woman. They were proposing to bury the orphans with her, that they might be cared for by their mother in the shades of the other world, when Moffat begged to adopt them. Rejoicing in the names Dicky and Ann, they became an integral part of his own family.’ Zion City RSA – Kevin Roy, p. 63
Does not Moffat perhaps provide us with the most natural response to such a crisis as members of the heavenly family represented here on earth as the church?