A white evangelical couple told the amazing story of how – and why – they chose to adopt five black children, three as embryos, Thursday.
Presbyterian missionaries Aaron and Rachel Halbert had agreed while dating that they wanted to adopt because, as Aaron told The Washington Post, it was ‘the logical outcome of being pro-life.’
And they agreed not to adopt white children, knowing that white kids are more likely to be chosen by prospective parents. It was a decision that was to transform their lives in the most heartwarming way imaginable.
Presbyterian missionaries Aaron (pictured) and Rachel Halbert give birth to black triplets (pictured) after ‘adopting’ African-American embryos left over from another couple’s IVF treatment
Having difficulty conceiving naturally, the couple (pictured) went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt ‘non-Caucasian’ children
Aaron grew up with his missionary parents in Honduras, where he says he was a ‘blue-eyed, cotton-topped white kid who stuck out like a sore thumb.’
But that helped him feel comfortable around people of other races, he says – something Rachel, who grew up in the Mississippi delta, took a few years to pick up.
Having difficulty conceiving naturally, they eventually went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt ‘non-Caucasian’ children.
‘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,’ Aaron explained.
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