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Johnstons

There are around 163 million orphans in the world waiting to be loved and part a family. God first showed me the orphan crisis when I had a 2 year old and a 1 month old.  I was searching and prayed to God for guidance and He answered me that day loud and clear, “ADOPTION”.

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Horrells

God has fashioned the Horrell family. Nothing has gone as we planned. There has been heartache, triumph, uncertain times, and amazing miracles. God has never failed us and continues to amaze us.

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Masons

In May 2005 I asked a question that would change our lives forever. “Lord, do You want us to adopt?” The question came while I was in Ukraine serving orphans…and God’s answer was undeniable. Could I return home and stand in my church service with hands raised, singing to the God who created these children for His glory and yet do nothing?

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Carrs

I (Johnny) got a call from our local foster care agency back in the summer of 2010. She began to tell me about a little boy named J.J. “He is deaf,” she said, “and we know your family has adopted several deaf children. Would you be open to one more, or do you know of anyone interested in adopting a deaf child?”

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Walters

You never know when you’ll receive “the call.”

We had just arrived at the University of Washington to attend commencement ceremonies at Husky Stadium when my husband’s cell phone rang. “I’m calling about a baby boy,” said our adoption specialist. “He was born yesterday. His birth parents chose you.”

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Ellisses

Luther and I had been married a little over four years. Luther was enjoying a good career in the NFL. We had three biological children. Life was good.

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McColloms

Nightfall and a cool evening breeze provided welcome relief from the sweltering heat and smothering humidity of the city’s hottest summer in recent memory. We were 8,000 miles from home and exhausted from the journey that had begun months—maybe even years—before.

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Hoffmans

We are not in control. I mean, we make plans in life and try to keep things under our purview. But when life washes out and your vision clears you see that God had this way marked all along.

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Dungys

Tony Dungy is best known as a former football player and a coach in the NFL. In 2007, he became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl (Indianapolis Colts). A man who has also enjoyed success as an author and a football analyst on NBC, Tony is respected for his Christian faith and devotion to his family. But what you may not know is that Tony has one more title on his resume: adoptive dad.

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Robinsons

I am unable to have children because of a unique illness. I was devastated. But God laid adoption on the hearts of me and my husband. After much prayer and research we decided to pursue the international route.

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Yateses

Kids are expensive. We all know that. Before they’re 18 we’ll dump $250,000 on them. So, when the summer of 2007 rolled around and Karen, my wife, was convinced that God was calling us to adopt from Ethiopia, I was a tad reticent. Although I was fully open to adopting, and fully open to Ethiopia, I was struggling with how to pay for such an adoption.

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Palaus

It was hard. We’d had our boys Chris and Jon-Jon and knew God wanted us to have more kids in our family. But what do you do after three miscarriages? Was it all just a test? Were we to keep trying?

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Lekbergs

Kristen and I got married in 2003. In the months leading up to our wedding we attended a series of premarital counseling sessions. In those sessions we covered topics like finances, in-laws, holiday celebrations and, of course children. At that time in our lives we had planned on having kids “someday down the road.” After all, that’s what everyone does once they’ve been married for a while.

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Coles

I’m adopted. But I never viewed it as anything but positive—beautiful even. Growing up, when my friends asked me why I had blond hair and my Mom and Dad had dark brown hair, I proudly replied, “It’s because I’m adopted.” In my mind, there’s no distinction, they’re not my adoptive parents. They’re my parents.

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Hatmakers

We are parenting damaged, traumatized children; don’t let the pictures fool you. We’re in the weeds. Every minute is on; there is no off. We’ve arrived late, cancelled altogether, hunkered down in therapy mode, missed appointments, failed to answer hundreds of emails in a timely manner, left voice-mails unlistened to, and texts unread. We’ve restructured, regrouped, replanned, reorganized. We’ve punted and called audibles. We’ve left “the bigs” on their own, hoping they are functioning well on auto-pilot after a lifetime of healthy stability. And sometimes, we put Tangled on for the eleventh time and cry in the bathroom.

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