01.02.2021 – What “Adoption” Really Means

The Eastern concept of adoption goes deeper than our Western concept.

Dr. J.D. Watson

The Greek word for adoption is huiothesia (G5206), and it literally means “son-placing”. It is borrowed from a Roman custom, in which a public ceremony is held during a child’s teenage years. It is in this ceremony in which the child, who possesses nothing and has no rights of their own, is officially declared a member of the family. Suddenly, the child is given the mantle of son (or daughter) and is bestowed with every privilege and responsibility of being a member of that family. The relationship between parent and child doesn’t change, but the position does. Now the child bears the identity of a son, an heir to his parents legacy.

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What is Albania?

For many Americans, Albania is a country they know very little, if any, about. It is a mostly unknown country, because so much of its past is shrouded in turmoil and confusion. Even to Albanians, some of the history is a question mark. When Mitchell and I first started praying and planning this trip to Albania, we knew very little about the country. Even when we would tell people about our next adventure, most did not know where Albania is located. The most we knew was that the country had a turbulent past, there is a great population of Roma and Gypsies, and apparently the country is very beautiful. So far, we have found all of these to be true. But we have also learned a whole lot more.

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