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Our Adoption Story We are the Krzesinski family and we have adopted 4 (almost 5) kiddos. Our journey to adoption was long but the short of it is we felt called to adopt and thought God was calling us to international adoption. The one thing we were sure of was that we did NOT want…

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Our Adoption Story In 2013, our family started doing mission work in Mokanji, Sierra Leone, West Africa.  We were working with an organization that was doing many things to help this deeply under-resourced village. One area of focus was starting a children’s home for orphans.  That is where we first met Mariama Sesay when she…

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My name is Patrick Fucile and I was adopted in December 1990 from Bangkok, Thailand at age 7. I was raised in an orphanage in Bangkok, Thailand. In the orphanage I remember climbing on animal figures, playing musical chairs, and eating rice soup for every meal. While I was in the orphanage, I remember dreaming…

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I was serving as a missionary at Love & Hope Children’s Home in El Salvador when I met Tonio. I had taken a leave of absence from teaching and before returning I had prayed that God would change my life forever for having lived this experience at Love & Hope. It was a month later…

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We grew our family through adoption in 2012, but it was not by choice.  Kevin and I were married for 12 years at the time and had an amazing 7-year-old biological son, Noah.   Adoption wasn’t something we ever discussed, and it certainly wasn’t on our radar.  We were “one and done” until that September evening…

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In his message this past Sunday, Pastor Chad referenced an article by Joni Eareckson Tada.  Joni is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center and is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 when she was 17 left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. During her rehabilitation,…

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