Couple's prayers answered in adoption of Ethiopian child

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

In the summer of 2009, the Bankers hosted a boys choir from Kenya through their church.They fell in love them, and their “eyes were opened” to the bleak outlook for the large number of orphans in the area, they said.

“Most children who need a family don’t make it to their fifth birthday,” Kristin said. “If they age out of the orphanage, the outcome is not good.”

Kenya does not have an international adoption program, but Ethiopia does for 5 million children without families, Will said. Kristin felt a calling to adopt, and with time Will did as well.

“When God tells you to do something, you just do it,” Kristin said.

But as they looked into international adoption their minds began to change. A new policy in Ethiopia required prospective adoptive parents to make two trips. The extra cost and time required for travel seemed too much.

“We prayed long and hard about it,” Kristin said.

They started to switch their paperwork to a domestic adoption. But as Kristin traveled home to Santa Rosa Beach from a Christian adoption conference in Minneapolis, a series of incidents convinced her Ethiopia was where they’d find their child.

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