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Christian Production Company Invites Adoptive Couple for Interview, Then Surprises Them in Amazing Way

What an incredible gift to this family!

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When a family makes the decision to adopt a child, they sign up for a lifetime of opening their hearts and homes to precious little (or big) people, and it’s a beautiful reflection of how God adopts us into his own family through his Son.

There are many services to help adoptive parents overcome the social and emotional hurdles that can come with the territory, but financial assistance to help with the massive costs of adoption is hard to come by, often resulting in many families feeling they simply can’t afford to adopt.

When one Carlsbad, California couple felt the pressing burden to adopt children, they received an amazing blessing from a surprising source.

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For Lindsay and Major Colin Culkin, no amount was too costly when it came to fulfilling their conviction to adopt. After concluding two years of overseas deployment in China, the Culkins returned home and began the lengthy process of adopting two twin sisters.

“I watched someone that I had worked with adopt and it just really touched my heart,” Lindsay shared in an interview with PureFlix about the decision to adopt. “It was real, it was hard, it was emotional, but it was beautiful and loving and everything in between.”

Although the Culkins officially adopted their daughters and brought them home last summer, they’ve been paying off the expenses associated with the adoption ever since.

That is, until Adopt Together stepped in.

Adopt Together is an adoption crowdfunding project of the Hoping Hearts Foundation. Think GoFundMe for adoption costs. This resource is such a blessing in making adoption more accessible for families, which in turn means more kids finding loving homes.

When the folks over at PureFlix learned of the Culkin family’s situation, lifting their burden became a mission.

The Culkins got the surprise of a lifetime when they thought they were being interviewed by PureFlix to share the story of their adoption journey, but the truth was much, much bigger.

What an incredible gift to this family! PureFlix has made a habit of surprising adoptive parents this way, and it truly is such an incredible way to bless people who have sacrificed so much to give a child a home.

If you believe in the Adopt Together mission, please consider lifting up and supporting families like the Culkins. If you feel called to open your home to precious children but are unsure of how to afford it, Adopt Together can help you on your journey.

 

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WATCH: You Won’t Believe The Way This McDonald’s Customer Just Blessed His Favorite Drive-Through Server

The way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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Over the last few decades, as fast food joints seem to replace small mom and pop shops nationwide, we often find ourselves lamenting that community and human connection have gone the way of small businesses.

This is, of course, very true in many ways, but that doesn’t mean that the people behind the counter at franchizes belonging to multinational corporations aren’t human and we can’t develop friendships and strong connections with those who serve us our egg McMuffins and coffee in the morning.

Clearly, a strong friendship was formed between Kansas drive-through server Vicki Anderson and local businessman Chris Ellis when Ellis caught wind that Anderson’s car had recently broken down.

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But the way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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[Anderson’s] vehicle — a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra — broke down a few months ago, and Anderson was informed it would cost $500 to repair. The price was more than the car was reportedly worth, according to [The Witchita Eagle]

It just so happened that Ellis’ son, Josh, was selling his 2009 Pontiac GS.

“Fate looked me in the eye when she told me that story,” Ellis told The Wichita Eagle. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. . . . I said, ‘I have to do something.’”

Ellis decided to purchase the car from Josh so he could gift it to Anderson.

Ellis, who also had the car cleaned and its oil changed and tires rotated, drove the vehicle to Hutchinson Wednesday with his son to surprise the Golden Arches worker.

When they arrived, the two asked Anderson to come out to the parking lot, where they surprised her with the car.

“I didn’t know what to think,” she said of her reaction.

Check out her emotional reaction. Can you imagine getting a gift like this?

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Homeless Man’s Dogs Distraught as Their Master is Taken to Hospital. What They Did Next Is Amazing.

Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

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Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

There really is nothing quite like the bond developed between master and loyal dog, which likely comes from their own instinct to be part of a pack.

Any dog owner knows that when you have pups, they see you as their pack leader, and things are never quite right when the pack is split up.

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This is precisely what the five loyal dogs belonging to a Brazilian man who lives in the streets demonstrated in an incredibly touching way recently, when their human pack leader was taken to the hospital and they held vigil outside.

Fox News reports:

The man, only identified as Luiz by local media, suffered a stroke last week in the southern city of Cianorte. He was taken to the Santa Cara hospital for treatment, where he was discharged a day later.

His loyal pups followed the ambulance taking their owner away and then spent hours howling outside of the hospital. They kept vigil outside the front door of the hospital, Brazilian newspaper G1 reported.

“The dogs were desperate,” Simone Zilane, a volunteer with the NGO organization Amigos de Patas Cianorte, told G1. “They followed the ambulance, racing after it down the roads and arrived just as Luis was being taken into the hospital. They went mad as they took him and howled non-stop at the entrance.”

Zilane, who photographed the pups, said Luiz was discharged a day later – the dogs none the wiser as he left with his brother through another exit.

“One of our volunteers from the NGO had to fetch Luiz at his brother’s house and take him to where the dogs were for them to leave the front [of the hospital],” Zilane added. “He hadn’t realized they were outside all this time, but he wasn’t too surprised.”

Amigos de Patas explains that Luiz has been living on the streets for over two decades, and refuses to live with his brother or accept a permanent home.

He says that his home is in the streets, and the one time he tried living in a house, his dogs, who had been taken to a shelter, jumped the fence and found him.

With a loyal pack like his, one can imagine Luiz certainly has all the love and companionship he could ask for no matter where he lays his head!

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