The Christian Broadcasting Network

The 700 Club with Pat Robertson

Rick Morton


Author, KnowOrphans, (2014)

Serves as Vice President of Engagement for Lifeline Children's Services, a full service adoption and orphan care ministry serving families and children in the United States and around the world

Cofounder of international orphan-hosting ministry Promise 139

Former Seminary Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), Bryan College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Conference leader

Received a BBA, University of Memphis

MA, Christian Education, NOBTS

PhD from NOBTS

Father to three transnationally adopted children   

Guest Bio

Why Adoption Matters to Jesus

The 700 Club

After years of struggling with infertility, Rick and his wife, Denise, felt they were being drawn toward adoption. Initially Denise was pursuing the idea while Rick was still not certain adoption was right for them. Then Rick took a look at what the Bible had to say about the subjects of orphan care and adoption. “What I saw as I studied Paul’s writings on adoption was that God is an adoptive Father. He is my adoptive Father. He is the adoptive Father of all who have repented and followed Jesus. In Christ, I am the adopted heir of the Most High God. I found myself grateful that He had shown none of the hesitation in adopting me that I was showing about adopting a child,” reveals Rick.

After discovering that adoption and orphan care came straight from the heart of God, Rick’s previous doubts melted away. He and Denise decided they would indeed adopt. Although they had no idea where to start, looking back they can see that God was with them each step they took. In 2003, they adopted their first child Erick from the Ukraine at eighteen months old. Six years later, they added their second son, Nicholas, who was seven years old and also from the Ukraine. Then in 2011, their soon-to-be 15 year old daughter, Nastia, came home from the Ukraine. Although Rick was overjoyed with the adoption of their children, he also felt a deep sense of sadness for all the children they couldn’t adopt and bring home. God has used Rick’s concern for these orphans to fuel his passion for the fatherless.

The evangelical orphan care and adoption movement has attracted criticism over the past few years. Rick discusses the following criticism the movement has received:

Many orphans aren’t adoptable to westerners, but according to Scriptures we are responsible for them. The needs of orphans around the globe are both vast and complex. “As believers, we all have a responsibility to take the gospel to all nations and to care for orphans…adopting is only one way that a few people care for orphans.” In order for the church to understand and become passionate about orphan care and adoption, it is essential that the Bible be taught differently. Often times the church has approached the Bible as if it were written to fix our problems. Rick says, “It wasn’t.” The Bible was written to reveal God and His story of redemption for His glory. When the storyline of Scripture is taught in this manner, orphan care just becomes logical and natural rather than being a forced aspect of church programming. In order to raise awareness/funding for gospel-centered orphan care in the church Rick offers the following suggestions:

Take advocacy training by organizations such as International Justice Mission (IJM) to teach you how to engage with government and business leaders to be a voice for the voiceless widows and orphans of the world.

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