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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.

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“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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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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