Thursday, June 28, 2012

Worth the Fight

Two days ago, I decided to shut down my blog to avoid being bombarded by the media who has inaccurately told our story. I figure that after 24 hours, our news is history and will soon be forgotten.  I am truly thankful for that because this adoption story was never intended to be about us but only a picture of GOD's incredible love for us.
Thankfully, their version of our story doesn't affect or change who we are and the validity of our adoption. It won't prevent me from finding my voice and speaking up.

Whether or not I am taken seriously, I am speaking up for children that deserve our love and commitment.

Honestly, I don't have any regrets as to how we handled our traumatic situation. I am proud and surprised at the amount of strength and courage all 8 of us had to push through.  In the midst of all the uncertainties and discomfort, we were well loved and cared for by Ghanaian friends and other Americans in Ghana.  The assurance of prayers for us from around the world became our hope and our comfort.

We were however disappointed that there were others who took advantage of our situation and tried to blackmail us for the their own fame and for money.

Do I have anger and resentment towards those that falsely accused us for child trafficking at the expense of emotionally traumatiziing all 6 of our children? 

Absolutely not.

We didn't deserve to be treated the way we were. 
I admit it was hard to forgive the officer that interrogated us and detained us for no reason.... but we have chosen to because we understand that child trafficking IS real and to some extent he had every reason in his power and limited understanding to be suspicious of us only because of the several trafficking cases that have gone under the radar. 

I get it. 

My hope is that all this happened only to show the Ghana CID our genuine commitment and love not only towards our adopted children but also to the many other orphaned children in Ghana. 
And at the end of the day...I think they saw a glimpse of it.  We were released under the care of 2 amazing Ghanaian officers who asked for forgiveness for the way our case was handled and eventually shared their contact information with us in hope of visiting all 8 of us in America one day. 

I remember sitting in the dentention cell wondering "how much longer?" and asking God all the "whys" when it dawned on me....EVERY child is worth fighting for even at the expense of being detained for false accusations.
Even our eldest adopted son told us that he knew we were going to fight for him and his siblings.
He had no doubt. 

It was and still is worth fighting for.  EVERY CHILD deserves to be loved and given a chance. 

Prior to our separation, I reminded our children of the sacrifice that Jesus paid by dying on the cross for our sins.  He was an innocent man yet falsely accused and humiliated.  He didn't deserve any punishment and yet He chose to do it because of His incredible love for us.  The unnecessary punishment we (the Moghadam family)  were given was nothing in comparison to what Jesus has done for us.  That was the only comfort I could give to our children and ourselves. 

At the end of the day, we are accountable to God.  I can leave it ALL at Jesus' feet and just walk away.  It doesn't take away the emotional scars from this traumatic incident but I am left with a greater love and compassion for the officers that work in the Ghana CID, the hundreds of inmates that we met in the dentention center and the several orphans at the orphanages we visited.

God can still be glorified in all of this.  He has brought many beautiful people and ministering angels along our path.  We are truly thankful. 


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99 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing and especially for allowing us to see the forgiveness and compassion you displayed...something Christ desires from each of us. I'm sure He used your willingness in this situation to be a reflection of His love for those you came in contact with at the detention center and at the orphanages.

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  2. Wow! I am so happy you decided to bring the blog back. I heard your story from other adopting families asking for prayer. And I instantly dropped to my knees for your family. I cant imagine what you went through. But I agree, its a fight worth fighting! And how amazing that your newly adopted children already knew your love for them, and had trust that you would fight for them! I applaud your willingness to share your voice, and not to back down to those that oppose your story. We in beginning our adoption have faced much adversity to those who feel compelled to voice their opinions, and some have suggested shutting down our facebook page because of it. But I refuse to allow others to speak against or intimidate us from doing what God has so clearly called us. I think your family fighting, is much more of a fuel for the community of adopting families to stand up and not back down. To rally around one another and share our hearts and stories! Just want you to know how much your story has inspired others, and continue to press on!

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  3. Wow! I am humbled by your post! I have been praying for you all & dealing with anger for all your family has gone through. You have shown Christ! Thank you for your living out loud the Lord Jesus Christ! We will continue to pray for you all! To God be the glory!R Wilson

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  4. Keeping the blog is a good idea. You have nothing to be ashamed of and you have nothing to hide, and it is admirable how you guys handled the whole situation. God bless you!!

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  5. As I sit here with tears streaming down my face for already answered prayers, I am in awe. You and Sol have used this aweful situation for God's glory. You have had to make the choices to forgive, answer softly and pray for the people that hurt you. Your kids, and now the whole world is watching. Well done.

    I love the picture of Jesus that He gave to you for your children. I have been praying that God would give them stories and pictures that they could hang on to. They are learning to rely solely on God by watching you and Sol.

    I am so PROUD of you!!! Keep fighting the good fight, we are praying for you.

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  6. I've been praying since I heard through the adoption blog world what was going on! It's a strong praying community. I will keep praying for your entire family. Just let us know what you want us to pray. Hoping you can all come home soon!

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  7. Yeah, He is glorified through all this. Only He can bring good from such a horrific experience. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. You are being prayed for all over the US and the world. We are all lifting you up and supporting you through this. May God continue to be glorified throughout the whole process! Much love to you, from a sister in Christ.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear that others have tried to profit from the situation your family gone through and that there were false accusations flying around. You have handled this situation with supreme grace and our family will continue to pray for yours as the bonding and attachment period begins.

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  10. BEAUTIFUL!!! We have all been praying for you back in the U.S. I am encouraged beyond words to see how God's provision has been evident to you. We continue to pray for your safe return.

    ~Laurie
    www.adoptioncreatesfamilies.com

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  11. I am sorry for your experience. I've been praying for you and your family and it was amazing to read your oldest adopted son's response to this whole experience and what you were able to share with them prior to your separation. Perhaps it was for him and his siblings to see the love of Christ through you, yet again. Not to mention the testimony you must have been to those around you. Praying for the scars to heal and for all of you to get rest too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Theresa

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  12. Beautifully said my friend!:) You all continue to have my prayer and support! Praying God's continued grace and mercy all over you in Ghana!:) {{HUGS}}

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  13. As someone who lives in Irvine and works for an anti-human trafficking agency, I'm appalled at how this case was handled. I read the news reports of the allegations and knew something was off. The media has a misguided way of telling stories.

    You and your husband have remained strong and I pray your journey encourages others to adopt... no matter what the situation may hold.

    Blessings to you and your SIX children :)

    Bianca

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  14. I have been following and have been praying and so concerned for you and your family that it made me sick to my stomach at times!! Thank you for letting GOD SHINE THROUGH!! We went through some hard times and I was told that the people around us knew something was different about us because of our reactions..and that was GOD!! (because it was so not me because I can be an emotional wreck!!) Can't wait to see you all home and together. To God be the Glory!!

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  15. Been following you, as a fellow adoptive parent from ghana.... praying for you when I first heard.... may God richly bless you and protect your family! He has great things planned for you all!

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  16. This post actually brought tears to my eyes. We are adoptive family of 10 (three bio blessings and five adopted). Our hearts sunk when this happened to your precious family. Yet, even then we knew God had you. Your faith is an inspiration. God is so much bigger than any situation...any government. Thank you for standing up for HIM and His blessings around the world. We continue to pray. May God's Hand of peace (and blessing) be on you!!!!

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  17. God IS being glorified dear sister and brother. Thank you for fighting for those He has put in front of you. Thank you for pointing to Jesus. Praying from Tennessee!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing your story here. I found your blog when a prayer request was posted by one of my FB friends. I am so glad your blog is back up. I have a 10 year old son that was adopted from Ethiopia last year. He heard me telling my husband what happened to you and he has prayed for you and each of your kids every night since. Your story is a great reminder of how much God loves us all. I am so thankful for your perspective!

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  19. You are so loved, my friend. You are admired, loved, treasured, and under the wings of the Mighty. Was just thinking how we know so little of persecution and being wrongly accused, and now YOU have the ability to understand, empathize, and relate to the many people who have had that experience. I was also reminded of this verse: "Those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." 1 Peter 4:19 You have suffered. But you continue to commit to your faithful Creator. XOXO

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  20. Your beauty from the Lord SHOWS!! Thank you for posting. It has been a privilege to pray for your family! We will continue prayers because we know our fight is not against flesh and blood. GOD WILL WIN!!!

    What a Blessing you are to those who may or may not understand that EVERY CHILD is worth fighting for!

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  21. While I am saddened by what you all have gone through I am blessed to have been able to witness your steadfast love for Him through this all. You are an amazing family and I am thankful that you are all now together. Praying until you are all safely home!

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  22. Thank you for sharing! You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Praying all eight of you are home soon!!

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  23. Wow. I'm from Ghana and I want to thank you for fighting for the kids, your courage,and the grace with which you handled the situation. Praise God. What the enemy meant for evil God has turned around for your good.I'm praying you get to take them all home soon.

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  24. I am so proud of you all for fighting together. In the end this will make all of you closer to have had to go through such a battle together. I love your children and can't meet to meet the additions to your family. I have so many people praying for you. One of my friends couldn't sleep or rest until I gave her the news, she prayed with me ferverently as many others have. I have people looking for updates and so I am sharing this with them. God bless you for standing and believing God!! He is our defender and He has and will fight the battles for you. Love you guys! Can't wait til all of you are on American soil!! I will bring balloons and cake over to celebrate! :)

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  25. Our family is currently in Latvia adopting two children. Thank you for shining brightly for Jesus where you are.
    The Davises, from Columbia, SC

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  26. Thank you for the update!!
    God clearly has answered my prayers for your family, that He protect all of you, that He would bring His healing, and that He be glorified through all of the mess and trauma and that Satan would not have the final say. What an inspiration your family is. Your heart clearly speaks your adoration of our Father, even in the midst of extremely hard. I love that!
    From another mamma who has two precious jewels from Ghana (as well as 5 other precious jewels)!
    Blessings in Him
    Maria

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  27. I don't know you, but we learned of your blog and your experience through Give1Save1, and we have been sending good thoughts to you in Ghana! This update from you is especially inspiring, thank you!

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  28. Sobbing as I read your update. ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE!!! Thank You, Jesus, for using the Moghadham's in such a mighty way..thank You for all you are still doing and will continue to do. ALL praises to You!

    Tearfully happy to see this update from your precious family! Praying God's mighty hand of healing on each of you!!! HUGS! ~stacy

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  29. Praise the Lord you are alright and getting through this! We have all been praying for your favor and safe return. Rejoice when you are persecuted the scriptures state. So rejoice! Praise God He has shown His light through you for the people of Ghana to see. We will continue to pray and of course let us know what else can be done.

    The Zabal Family

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  30. We adopted from Ghana two years ago and were asked for bribes quite a few times. We were falsely accused of trafficking after we arrived home (by someone also looking for fame at the expense of children). I'm so saddened that this continues to be an issue when there are so many children there who really need families and when human trafficking is a real issue. I'm praying for healing for your entire family.

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  31. Pam Andrews (Delaware)June 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I heard about your story from a friend and immediately prayed for your family and am continuing to pray.

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  32. Wow Christine! We love you and are so thankful that God is sustaining you and showing Himself powerful already in this hard time.

    The kids and I were just talking not even ten minutes ago about you guys and how we can be sure that God will work all this together because YOU LOVE HIM and are CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSES.

    The truth will be told and justice will be paid either by Christ's sacrifice or by those that wronged you. Hopefully in seeing you all they turn to HIM and He redeems them as well.

    inspiring is your Love and passion to see and serve Christ! They are worth any struggle and Christ sees us as worth His great sacrifice.

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  33. Bless you all. Continuing to pray that God is glorified in all aspects of this situation, and the healing of all of your hearts and minds.

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  34. Love your attitude and always God has chosen wisely. Amazing, how God uses his people in ways we can't understand for his glory. I can't imagine what it you went through, but I love how God is going to use you and your family. We are are also adopting from Ghana. We are in the final stages and hope to have our son home in 3 to 4 weeks.

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  35. God bless you guys and your amazing hearts and obvious love for Jesus! Last Saturday my facebook account was flooded with posts to pray for your family. We and MANY more families were praying for you. The enemy loves to use media to twist stories to detract from the truth and God's glory. He may have attempted to do just that with media twisting your story, but he didn't succeed. I and many others see the beauty of God's victory in the midst of this traumatic experience, and your testimony is such a powerful example of God's heart for the orphan and the spiritual battle it really is! God bless you and your beautiful family.

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  36. You are amazing people! I cried as I read your post. I hope someday to meet you and your eight Precious Treasures! Praying, Praying, Praying! Janet

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  37. Thanks for the update. You are a very inspiring couple and an example for us who haven't completed the process yet...Blessings to your family.

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  38. Thank God for the internet! It is so wonderful to "hear" from you and to know that you are all ok. I can't imagine the terror of going through all that you have been through and being separated from your children like you were! I think the example you used to try and explain to your kids that Jesus was brave in circumstances of great fear was perfect. We have no idea why things like this happen but when you wrote that your oldest son had confidence that you would fight for him, and never doubted you would be there when this was all sorted out , I was relieved that already his trust in your and his mom is there. Maybe because your blog is being read by everyone you can't say...but you didn't mention where things are at now. We are praying unceasingly for you at my house and will not stop until you and all your children are home where you belong. God Bless you all,
    Kim Sherry Sherrykidsmom10@aol.com

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  39. My friend Brenda told me about what had happened too you, i have been praying for your family ever since, i am a teacher and i want you too know that i think very highly of you and your family and for everything you went through you are so strong i admire you very much
    you will be blessed after this tremendously and your storie will shed light too so many people ..may angels continue to surround you.

    with love
    Sandi

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  40. I had only stumbled across your blog after seeing your adoption video a few weeks ago and although I am a stranger to you, I have been praying for your family and precious children since the news of your wrongful arrests. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to hear that you have been released and that you and your children are coming through the other side. It is my hope you have all been reunited and that you are finally having the chance to be a family. I also hope that although it must have been a horrific experience, your family comes out of it all the stronger. Blessings to you and my continued prayer that you all return home safe.
    Emily
    UK

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  41. to GOD be the glory in all circumstance.

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  42. We are an adoptive family ourselves with six of our children having been adopted internationally--we used Dillon for some!! Your testimony of God's grace and protection to you all and your faithfulness to HIM during your situation has so touched our hearts and that of many who have heard about it. May God use this for His glory...we trust you have found new, good friends in Ghana whose lives will be changed by your faithful testimony. God go with all eight of you.

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  43. I learned of your situation through the adoption community (we have five adopted internationally) and have been following updates on your family ever since. You will stay in my prayers.

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  44. Sol and Christine, I have not met you, but heard about your situation from my sister who has recently adopted from China. I have been praying for your family, and have been so blessed to see that you are giving glory to our Lord for these circumstances. We will continue to pray for all 8 of you. Thank you for keeping all of us who are praying posted.

    Mandy

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  45. We have prayed for your family since we heard about your situation from the adoption circle we are in. We have prayed for peace and protection for all of you, and most important of all, that God's name would be glorified in this situation, even if it does not make sense to us. I Praise His name for how HE has chosen to glorify Himself through you. Blessings, peace, and strength.

    In His Hands,

    James

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  46. Wow. What a picture of grace. I'm so sorry you had to walk this road but boy have you walked it beautifully! You are giving glory and honor to the Lord in the process and that speaks volumes about where you hearts are! Praising God for your family and praying you are all home soon!

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  47. Your love & spirit filled living shines through in your writing! Thanks for sharing your story & thanks for being real. So many of us go & live out a lifestyle of faith & forgiveness, but so few of us share how & why we do it. You are an example of faith & trust on the Lord, your children will be united & stronger because of that & because of what they have been through together.

    Many blessings to your family from ours. -jk

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  48. We've been praying for you here. I'm so sorry your children had to go through that, but your response to persecution was beautiful. Jesus was glorified where satan tried to destroy. God Bless your family, our prayers are with you.
    Jamie Garcia, MD

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  49. I cannot imagine this journey that you have taken. I do know that God has been glorified through your faithful, yet sometimes fearful walk. Praying that God will continue to be glorified in "His' STORY. It truly is His story not yours. And all of your children have witnessed what it means to walk by faith. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Humbled by your story. Honored to pray for you continually. Hatred is part of the journey when you follow Christ (He tells you that it will happen.) Please know you are an inspiration and that God is using you mightily!

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  51. I am overjoyed to hear that you have overcome the trial! I have prayed as have many others! I look forward with great joy to see you and all of your children to return home to begin your new lives together as a family of 8. Blessings to you!

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  52. Christine, I was sent your blog link from your cousin W (who is my great friend from college). I am an adoptive mom as well. I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. Please know that many are thinking of you!!!!

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  53. I am so grateful and relieved. I will continue praying for your family.

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  54. Yes they are all worth fighting for and I am so glad to see you are doing just that when so many would have just left.

    The thing I really hope people learn from this is NOT to take their current children with them on an adoption trip. Having adopted through Dillon before I am kinda shock they let you.

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  55. Blessings on all eight of you! We have been & will continue to pray for you! All children ARE worth fighting for & we are cheering you on as we also begin the next steps to our second adoption. Hugs & support from NC!

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  56. I found your blog through twitter... I'm praying for you guys! I can not imagine the conversations of healing that you will have with your children as they work through this. Praying for your strength as a momma and a Jesus lover. You can do this!

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  57. hang in there.. sending ((hugs)) and prayers. you are almost home...

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  58. What a beautiful story of our heavenly Father's writing His story of grace and redemption on the hearts of your family. The glory of the body of Christ knitting together in action and prayer for your situation. May His truth, love, grace, and mercy continue to resound through your widening sphere of worldly influence. For His glory alone!

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  59. Beautiful post! What a great perspective to have and an encouragement to others who are fighting the fight....blessings to your family of 8!

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  60. This post is such a beautiful picture of Jesus' incredible love for us and your heart just exudes that. I'm so encouraged and humbled by your heart! I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so. We are neighbors of Erin & Tony and they've been sharing your story with us. Would love to meet your family of 8 one day. Meanwhile, will continue to pray...

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  61. Rejoicing with you and Praying for God's continued hand upon you in your adoption journey.

    I spent 4 weeks in Ghana in 2008 for our adoption, and 3 weeks in 2009 for a friend's adoption. While I did witness blackmail and bribes . . . and other not-so-nice things taking place . . . there are beautiful people in Ghana . . . and children that need help. I hope that your situation does not stop others from pursuing adoption in Ghana; but that it does show every orphanage and agency how critical it is to do things RIGHT. (Not saying that yours wasn't, just hoping this is a wake up call to those that are trying to push the boundaries of right and wrong adoption practices.)

    I will continue to lift you up in prayer.

    Laurel
    mama of 12 (ages 10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27)

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  62. Just having gotten to know you over the last year, I was sure that you were shining the love of Jesus wherever you were. After reading your blog update, now I know it. Your story is an unexpected amazing journey, and evidence that God works wonders to those who wait and expect. May the healing love of Jesus touch and bless your family as you bond with Him and each other. Hope for all 8 of you to be home soon.
    Blessings,
    Kelly, Brendan, and Derek

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  63. So thankful you are Christians who have shined your light here in Ghana, not only in adopting for children who need a loving Christian home, but the way you have be throughout this terrible time. May your family be reunited very soon. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with many of us. You are a true inspiration of what it means to be a Christ follower.

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  64. I'm following your testimony from Northern Ireland and I can just say how proud I am of you and your family being light and example of Christ in words and acts. God does not forsake us.

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  65. It's so good to see you blog online again. I pray that all of you will be home real soon.

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  66. I'm glad things worked out in the end. I'm sorry you had to go through so much. My wife had everyone she could think of praying for you guys. I guess if your children ever doubt how much you love them, you can always remind them of the past week and everything you went through to bring them home.

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  67. rejoicing you all are safe. Thank you for sharing your forgiving heart in such a difficult time.

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  68. I have been praying for your situation -- thank you for sharing your story and your thoughts. You and your family are so courageous and God's strength is clearly at work within each of you. God is and will continue to be glorified by your story, and I will pray for continued strength and renewal as your start this new, fresh chapter with your six beautiful children.
    ~Karis

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  69. We will continue to pray for you as there is so much more to be done. We love you and your family and are grateful for your reflection of God's love in your handling of this situation. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  70. I have a few questions for you, as my spidey-sense is still tingling and this post raises MANY more questions than it answers:

    1) if you were cleared of all charges, why did Ghanaian officials require you to post bail? Bail is to ensure you turn up for your day in court, ie there are stll charges against you pending.
    2) if all your paperwork is in order, why has the US Embassy not issued visas for your 4 Ghanaian children?
    3) in the Reuters/CNN articles about your adoption, a gentleman from AdoptTogether is the only source that says you've been cleared of all charges... NOT Ghanaian officials, who "cannot be reached for comment" despite repeated attempts?
    4) why did you have COPIES of your adoption documents?

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    1. To Suzee, valid questions. I can answer them.

      1. We simply cannot apply USA's definitions of laws (like "bail") to other countries. It's customary in most countries that you pay the jailor regardless if you were innocent or guilty. Whether or not we think it's right or wrong to operate that way is not considered. It's the way it's done in that country.

      2. It sometimes takes days and weeks to issue visas for adopted children. Various documents have to be verified and that can take our government a couple of weeks. Even after USCIS or State approves the file, it takes 48 hours to turn the visas around in most cases.

      3. The US State Department probably asked Ghana not to comment on the story. Remember, this is a diplomatic mess that highest levels at our State Department and the Ghana government dealt with. If the couple had not been cleared of the charges, they would not have been released.

      4. You always carry COPIES of your documents when adopting a child. The originals are at the US Embassy as part of the orphan investigation packet. The copies are certified and point officials in the right direction. The Ghana government apologized to the couple and told them it was an overreaction of one police officer on the weekend.

      This happened in a remote region of Ghana, and not in the capital. In some regions, rumors run rampant that Americans want to adopt children to harvest organs, sell them into slavery and a whole host of other things. When I was in Ethiopia adopting my son, I had to travel with a body guard, a driver and a translator. We were left alone. If you do not have protection and someone to advocate for you, it can be rough.

      Please, before judging any international adoption, please take the time and effort to visit these orphanages and see what life is like in these villages throughout Africa.

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  71. I have been praying for your family since Linny alerted us to pray. I especially was touched by the Bible and the scripture Sol got from the Lord....It applied to me yesterday as well and I love to see how the Lord works in His children at just the perfect times...
    Love from NC

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  72. Hi Jackie, I had no idea that this had happened. I'm so very very sorry... Prayers for you and your family.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  73. It's great to get updates of your journey through your blog instead of reading the media's version of it. We recently adopted twins internationally and experienced how intense the entire process can be. What your family endured is definitely not the "happy trip back home" that every adoptive family looks forward to. I thank God for being there for you all and pulling you through all the hardships the family faced.

    Congratulations on the new additions to your family!

    God Bless!

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  74. So the latest media reports are that the 4 Ghanaian children are BACK IN THE CARE OF GHANAIN CARETAKERS. Why?

    If your paperwork is legit, why are the 4 kids not in your custody?
    If the adoption is on the up and up, why has the US Embassy not issued you a visa to take the 4 kids home to california?
    If you've been exonerated, why are you still out on bail??

    Fishy fishy fishy!! This does not pas the "smell test".

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    1. hello, some simple answers (I am not the blogger, just a reader)... the 4 kids are waiting for the US-issued visas. This is a standard part of the process and can take at least two months if not longer. Families typically fly to Ghana at least twice - once to adopt the kids, a second time to bring them home after the visas have been issued The charges were dropped, so the bail issue is no longer there.

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  75. Thank you for paying the price for these children. I have followed and prayed and prayed for you and your family and especially for all the children.

    I pray that whatever is left to be resolved it will happen soon and without any further cost to you and your family.

    I pray too that all of you will be completely healed from the trauma you so wrongly experienced!

    Through it all, God's power was clearly evident and many were united in prayer on your behalf and the behalf of your children. Thank you for standing strong for the plight of the orphan!

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  76. I read on A Place Called Simplicity that y'all (with all six children) are home in the US by now. Though I don't see that specifically on here, I am so hoping that's correct. I've had y'all on my heart all week. I can't imagine the scars that each of you have right now. That will forever remain. But I have no doubt that this journey has a much greater purpose. And in the end, your love for your family will truly overcome it all.

    Smiles,
    KK

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  77. So happy to hear from A Place Called Simplicity that all 8 of you are HOME!! We've been praying for you here in KS! Your grace in all that you endured is a powerful testament. Enjoy your new life as a family of 8!
    Tammy

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  78. Wow. I have seen a news report online and many comments, some very kind and some just horrible and ignorant. Wow. Praying that God will place a shield around you to deflect ignorant and hurtful judgements. when I first heard that people were saying negative things, I truly could not think of ONE possible negative thing to say towards your family or your family's motives for adopting. So sad and infuriating the thoughts others have had. Regardless, surely God means this for good even when the enemy means it for harm. Praying He will restore all that has been stolen from you, even in your reputations to strangers. At the end of the day, you stand before God alone but I do know what it feels like to be judged by others who truly have NO idea but judge anyway. Blessings as you heal and process,
    Holly

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  79. So happy to hear that you are home! We just read a few minutes ago on A Place Called Simplicity that all eight of you are home. What a trauma you have all been through! May God grant you strength and peace as you work through that, and especially now as you begin the journey of parenting these siblings.

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  80. I am coming from A place Called Simplicity. So happy to hear that all eight of you are home! YIPPEE JESUS!!! Janet

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  81. So thankful !! We are praying for your family and for you all to stand strong in the face of criticism. It will go away but the impact of what God has done and the eye opening stories you have to tell will leave a lasting impression. Sheri

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  82. Thank you for remaining faithful to our Ever-Faithful-God! Your family is truly an example of His love and compassion. May He bless you abundantly as You continue to seek Him in all things!

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  83. I just want to say thank you for letting us see and be encouraged by your walk and faith in our awesome God. He is good and I am so thankful He has been merciful to your family. It is just such an encouragement though to see faith lived out in this way! I'll keep praying for healing, resolution and closure for your family!

    As an aside, I loved how you said that they are "worth it" just because they are. It's not because they are awesome or beautiful (although I'm sure they are!). But they are worth it because they were made in Gods image and precious.

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  84. I enjoyed reading your post. What a testimony you have! I've been praying for your family since reading about your situation on "A Place Called Simplicity".

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  85. Sol and Christine!

    Grace and peace to you! Thank you for sharing your journey and remaining in Him who is sufficient and steadfast in every circumstance. Just wanted you guys to know that we are lifting you up in our thoughts over here in China, a sister in our community mentioned your story last weekend and we're gladdened to know that it is working out! This is truly a story that will be retold for many years to come--a testimony that He truly is our rock and refuge.

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  86. Your story has touched my heart. I am praising God for the home coming of all 8 of you.

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  87. Hi, Christine and Sol.
    I sense His delight over your whole family.
    Thanks for sharing your journey. :) Every testimony is told to ask God to do it again. So declare more patient endurance, more deliverance of God for orphans and children taken advantage of.
    I also know that God doesn't do things or allows things for no purpose. The interrogators and officers had a beautiful encounter with Jesus through your family. And nothing that God does will come out empty handed, and we declare their salvation now :) Praise God.
    Declare Justice, and the injustice done against you will be completely corrected. We Declare MORE FAVOR over your family to continue your work!!! More favor from every government, media, funders, . . amen.

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    1. Very well said. Double AMEN.

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  88. Continuing to join brothers and sisters around the world praying for you and your children. Adoption is such an amazing way to build a family (we have 2 internationally adopted boys - Ukraine & Argentina). Trusting with you for God's perfect will to be accomplished in each of your hearts and minds.

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  89. We have been praying for you. We have lived in Ghana for seven years now and also have an adopted son. Ghanaians love their children and just want to protect them. When things like this happen it is unfortunate but I am proud of your forgiving spirit. This might help in Ghana understanding more about adoptions.

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  90. No weapon formed against you shall prosper!! I am in awe of your bravery and glory to our savior! Thank you for sharing this openly on your blog! I hope to see an update soon that all 8 of you are home and well!!!

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  91. Wow what a journey you have been on. We pray that you get home safely and you can put this behind you and your family. God sure has been glorified by your faithfulness.

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  92. I am so sorry for the uncomfortableness you endured. Prayers that all are ok and beginning to settle in as a family of 8.
    God Bless

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  93. Your story absolutely touched my heart. God Bless you and your family. Please hang in there with all your strength and all your might so you can bring all them babies home to the U.S.!

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  94. EVERY child is worth fighting for even at the expense of being detained for false accusations. [...] It was and still is worth fighting for. EVERY CHILD deserves to be loved and given a chance.

    This is a rich and powerful truth right here. I thank you for taking the time to share it during this hectic and uncertain time--selfishly, right now, it was one I very much needed to hear.

    ~Ann

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