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ADOPTION STORIES: International-adoption

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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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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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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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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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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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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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