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Orphan No More (Orphan Sunday)

Since today is Orphan Sunday, we thought we'd post a new picture of our little princess.  She is such a happy, delightful baby and we thank God every day for her!  It's hard to believe she's only been home a little over two months.  She is fitting in so well...sleeping and eating well and she just loves people. 

Two and a half years ago Norberto joined me in the call to adopt at the Expolit radio conference in Miami when he saw a session called, "The Miracle of Adoption" with Rebeca and Brian Knowles. The speakers at that session dispelled the myths that many people have regarding the adoption process.  Norberto broke down at that conference and knew that God was telling Him he needed to take a step of faith.  When we returned home from our furlough we immediately started the adoption process.  Now, two weeks ago at the COICOM conference in Asuncion, the same speakers were present and he was able to share as a testimony how God used them to touch Norb's heart towards adoption!  He showed them pictures of our beautiful Esther Anahi and thanked them for their ministry...now there is one orphan less in this world.

Two nights ago Rebeca was on the radio and shared our story on air all around Latin America!!  Different people heard the story and called us to tell us to tune in.

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  1. your little girl is precious. hoping one day to meet her and the rest of your family. she an julia can get into trouble together! AMY

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  2. What a wonderful testimony! I'm so glad Norb was able to share it with them... so many times we never know the result of things we've said, but I know it meant a lot to Rebeca and Brian. :) And kudos to y'all for hearing the voice of God and responding. One less orphan!!!!

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