• Melissa
    October 21, 2011

    Beautiful story! May God richly bless your family as you continue to adjust to your new life together.

    I shared your video here: http://wp.me/ppm98-2RJ

  • Martha McClarnon
    October 22, 2011

    Dear Amanda and Stephen,
    Your video is really touching. It is such a blessing to see your love for the boys you’ve adopted.It is nice that you are young enough to provide a family for these boys.
    God Bless you and your family.

  • Albertha Bosch
    October 24, 2011

    Thank you for promoting adoption among those who have had children biologically. We have adopted besides our two other children and it has been such a blessing to our lives! We who were adopted by God are called to adopt others into the family of God.

    Blessings on your families

  • vickie montoya
    October 24, 2011

    i absolutely love you all with my whole heart and am so proud of you beyond words. I can hardly wait to meet my new nephews. Gotta plan some time over the upcoming holidays. I love you all!!! xoxoxoxoxo Aunt Vickie

  • Katie
    October 25, 2011

    What a beautiful video! Thank you for answering the calling and for making a difference!

  • Toby Stevens
    October 26, 2011

    This was not a video I should have watched at work!

    My wife and I were 3/4 of the process and about $7,000 into an Ethiopian adoption of 2 boys (Millenium and Million)3 years ago when God put the brakes on the process. With angst and grief we felt we should call and back out of the process. In that phone call we learned that the mother was recently found alive, and the boys were going back to her. So our money went to supply Plumpy Nut for the orphanage.

    We ended up in the foster care program soon after and just last November we adopted 3 boys from a village here in Alaska (Elijah 12, Elisha 5 and Enoch 10). In one year, these traumatized boys have had major healing and growth. They actually trust people again.

    Anyway, I’m interested in creating a video similar to yours to advocate for foster care and adoption from foster care … via our story. I want to create two videos: one video for the christian realm (with heavy emphasis on the calling to change the culture through loving), and one video for the non-profit realm to use to advocate. Any input/guidance is welcome.

    Also, my wife and I pastor a church here in Anchorage we started just after leaving St Louis, where we sat in a few Journey services.

    Anyway, any input for this process would be appreciated. I’m starting at ground zero.

    Shower those kiddos with love. I am constantly amazed at what God is doing in our boys through our love for them.

  • Johanna
    October 28, 2011

    Thanks for sharing a video about your story. As I watched I was struck by what a difficult tension it would be to bring a child from another country into your family and have them be your own-but also still realizing that they are from somewhere else. How do you (or maybe how will you) guys honor their culture and background as a part of who they are-but also have them be a full part of your family? Would love to hear ideas about blending these two great things from anyone who has adopted cross culturally.

  • Becky Wright
    December 4, 2011

    Wow, Stephen and Amanda! Your story, and even the way God said “These will be your children” is SO eerily similar to what the Lord did in our family! Although our “orphans” were from West Virginia, it came as JUST a surprise, and just as overwhelming and “rushed”. God turned our lives upside down (in a wonderful but unexpected way), and we (and my own music ministry) will never be the same. He even directed my songwriting to be mostly about adoption, foster kids, orphans, etc. BEFORE we ever knew He was calling us to adopt!

    Love to visit with you and Amanda sometime… In Christ Jesus, our brother by adoption, Becky Wright (Oklahoma)

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