Being a “family” isn’t about being the same culture, sex, or race – It’s about loving each other unconditionally, even if you did not carry that child in your belly.
When Aaron Halbert and his wife Rachel began dating 12 years ago, they knew they wanted to adopt a child without a loving family. Aaron grew up in Honduras where his parents were evangelical missionaries in the Central American country:
“I was the blue-eyed, cotton-topped white kid who stuck out like a sore thumb, but all the while felt deeply connected to the people there, even though we looked very different,” explains Aaron.
Rachel grew up in Mississippi without knowing much about racial diversity. After a few trips to Haiti, she began to see the struggles and prejudices people of different colour and race encounter daily.
They visited an adoption agency in Mississippi where they told the staff they were, “willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child. We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally.”
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