Episode 239

Native-American Led Evangelism, TX House Church Movement & Misconceptions About Adoption

Dec 2, 2022

Christians should support a national evangelistic outreach to Native Americans led by tribal Christians with the support of non-Native Americans. That’s according to an Oklahoma tribal ministries leader. Chinese believers who accept Christ while living in the U.S. might not be able to find an American-style church if they return to China. That’s part of the reason why Eugene Zhang is leading a house church movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a model for what to expect if such a transition occurs. And, after the Supreme Court handed down the decision this summer reversing Roe v. Wade, more attention is rightly focused on the welfare of children, post-birth, writes Chelsea Sobolik, the senior director for policy and advocacy at LifeLine Children’s Services.

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Christians should support a national evangelistic outreach to Native Americans led by tribal Christians with the support of non-Native Americans. That’s according to an Oklahoma tribal ministries leader.

Emerson Falls, Native American Ministry partner for Oklahoma Baptists, made the recommendation during National Native American Heritage Month. It comes in light of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2022 resolution decrying the forced Christian conversion of Native Americans.

The call came this as U.S. President Joe Biden convenes the two-day Tribal Nations Summit in Washington. The presidents revealed plans to revitalize Native languages and strengthen tribal rights outlined in existing governmental treaties. Water, fisheries and hunting on ancestral lands would be impacted.
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Chinese believers who accept Christ while living in the U.S. might not be able to find an American-style church if they return to China. That’s part of the reason why Eugene Zhang is leading a house church movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a model for what to expect if such a transition occurs.

Most Chinese believers who return to China never join a church there, Zhang said, because they cannot find one like they’ve known in America.

Zhang grew up in a house church in China and briefly served as a missionary in Russia before immigrating to the United States, where his primary employment has been as a truck driver. He and his wife, Lily, attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, and along the way they began ministering to Chinese students at Dallas Baptist University (DBU).
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After the Supreme Court handed down the decision this summer reversing Roe v. Wade, more attention is rightly focused on the welfare of children, post-birth, writes Chelsea Sobolik, the senior director for policy and advocacy at LifeLine Children’s Services.

She says there are five misconceptions people have concerning caring for children.

First, adoption and foster care are similar.

Second, a woman will not have any control in making adoption plans.

Third, adoption is an easy alternative to abortion.

Fourth, more parents are needed for adoption. She writes, “For women making an adoption plan for their infant, there are waiting families, who are ready to care for both the child and honor the first family. However, there is a need for more families to become foster families.”

Fifth, it’s a “failed adoption” if the birth parent chooses to parent.

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