An Asian American couple held in a Qatar jail for nearly a year after the death of one of their adopted children will return to their home in the United States today after being acquitted of murder charges.
Grace and Matt Huang, previously detained, tried and convicted for allegedly starving their adopted daughter Gloria, were cleared of those charges over the weekend. However, Qatar officials had continued to bar the Huangs from returning to the states as late as Monday. Officials lifted the travel ban this week after U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Smith filed a motion on the couple's behalf.
The Los Angeles couple moved to the Arabic nation in 2012 so that Matthew Huang could work with an international company constructing sites for the 2022 World Cup. Their lives were turned upside down when 8-year-old Gloria died in January 2013. more >>
Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.
It's a day to celebrate adopted families as well as raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care still looking for forever families every Saturday before Thanksgiving. It has helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000.
In courtrooms around the country, about 4,500 adoptions from foster care will be finalized Saturday, according to the Adoptions Together group. Last year, the same number of youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families as 400 cities participated in the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration. more >>
A family in West Virginia has adopted 29 children from around the world, including several with severe disabilities and illnesses.
Jeane and Paul Briggs already had five biological children when they decided to open their home to several children who desperately needed a home and people to love and care for them. At least one child is blind, another has Down syndrome, while yet another has a cleft palate. None of that has stopped the Briggs from going through with the adoptions from the United States and across the world.
Despite the circumstances, the family says that they are relying on God to provide for their family and cite their faith as the reason why they have taken in so many children. more >>
In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.
Examining God's command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, Matt Chandler urged married couples, "You've been designed by God physically, emotionally to have children. … God's big plan is for a man and woman to marry … and have children unless they're called to singleness."
Couples questioning God's design in their lives should consider their motives, he said. "I think the question I'd like to ask back [is] I want to know why you wouldn't want to have children. I think more often than not what gets revealed is a selfishness of heart or some kind of fear that's either rooted in an experience or not rooted in reality at all." more >>
A powerful documentary by Christian filmmaker Reuben Evans tells a unique story involving his wife who was almost aborted before being adopted as a baby.
Evan's "Reunion" follows Kim Coppe, a Christian mother who first got pregnant at age 17 and chose to give her daughter up for adoption. In the documentary, Coppe recounts her inner turmoil and complete dependence on God during the pregnancy, as well as the unshakable faith it took to offer her child to another family.
"I was raised by my godly mother through my teen years, and I went to school and was outspoken in my testimony of strong faith," she explains in the film. "I had such a confident assurance in my walk with the Lord, but with that can also come spiritual pride. So part of my story and journey that I am sharing involves that facet of my life." more >>
Dr. James Dobson and his son, Ryan, have collaborated on a new video series titled "Building a Family Legacy" that is being simulcast in churches across the U.S. through Oct. 5.
The series combines Dr. Dobson's classic Focus on the Family videos with four new films by him and Ryan. It also includes the new film, "Your Legacy," and is designed to equip parents and grandparents to "build a lasting legacy of faith in their families," notes the press release.
"It's harder now to raise kids than it's ever been because the culture is at war with families," Dr. Dobson said. "I feel 'Building a Family Legacy' contains the most important message of my career. There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children." more >>