Brian Ivie, a 24-year-old filmmaker from Orange County, California, set out three years ago to South Korea to make the film to end all films. Fortunately for him, that didn't work out. Instead, he encountered the man he now calls his spiritual father — and became a curator of this man's powerful and profound story of sacrifice and love.
Ivie, eager and working from a script set in his mind of how things would certainly go, set out on Dec. 15, 2011, for Seoul, South Korea, with a crew of 11 (mostly friends and his younger brother, Kevin) after a simple email exchange with Pastor Lee Jong-rak.
While many have waited for "19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar to announce her first pregnancy, the newlywed and her husband, Ben Seewald, made an announcement of a different sort: they plan to adopt, possibly before having biological children.
"We hope to adopt a lot of kids," Jessa told People magazine. "If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt. Even before we married, we wanted to adopt."
The couple married in November and have been busy exploring adoption options; their wedding will be featured on the current season of "19 Kids & Counting," while the rest of the show will focus on her sister, Jill's, pregnancy. The two sisters are close and have remained so even after getting married; photos show the two couples enjoying themselves and playing games. more >>
A few years back, Gloria Campos of WFAA featured a young boy by the name of Ke'onte on her show. She let him share his life story about his life in foster care. She did this more than once, and it eventually led to something positive in Ke'onte's life.
After a local couple heard about his story on the air, they felt that Ke'onte would be the perfect fit to their home. His story touched their heart and they felt like this was the child they were meant to heave, so they decided to adopt him! Both Ke'onte and his parents are lucky to have found each other. Not only is he grateful to have found the perfect parents for him, but they are as well. God has done wonderful things for him, and continues to bless Ke'onte every day.
One day he decided to go live on the air while the woman who helped him get to where he is now, and thank her. She starts to cry and gives him a HUGE hug! more >>
A documentary about a pastor who made a box for abandoned babies seeks to share the love of Christ with the world.
"The Drop Box," a film made in partnership with Focus on the Family, tells the story of South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak, who, after gaining a reputation for his willingness to care for disabled children, built a box into his home's wall because he did not want any baby to be thrown away.
The Christian Post watched an advanced Feb. 4 screening of the film at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and interviewed Lee, filmmaker Brian Ivie, and Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. more >>
Thirteen children and seven of them adopted – that's the stop-you-in-your-tracks story of two Christian families who say they are simply following biblical obedience.
After answering God's call to have domestic and international adoptions, friends and One: Impossible Starts Here co-authors, Suzanne Mayernick and Gwen Oatsvall, are prompting others not to let fear hold them back from doing the one thing God is urging them to do with their lives. Although biblical obedience may bring some uncomfortable changes, the Nashville moms assure readers it will also lead to so many unforeseen blessings.
"Four adoptions later, I can tell you now – and Scott would readily admit – he was initially an adamant 'no' every time," described Oatsvall, honestly sharing her husband's initial reaction to the idea. more >>
Two couples have been blessed by one couple's decision to donate their unused embryos and adopt them out to other couples in need.
"We have been blessed with three when we didn't think we'd have one, so, what kind of awesome thing is it to bless another couple and let them experience the same kind of joy we did?" Becky Henderson told USA Today.
Henderson and husband Chris gave birth to twins via in vitro fertilization and then had a "miracle baby" five years later. After the twins were born, the couple still had 11 embryos frozen; they decided to keep them on ice until they could come to a decision about what they wanted to do. They both believe that life begins at conception, so they decided to place the embryos up for adoption. Eventually, they found Kelli and Dan Gassman, who were looking to have a family of their own. more >>