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North Carolina Town Adopts 45 Orphans

Jackson, now 24.

Ten years ago, 12 boys from a Liberian choir visited the United States to raise money for their orphanage, and touched the hearts of a North Carolina town. Lysa Terkeurst, a mother of 3 already, saw something in two of the boys that struck a chord with her.

“These 12 beautiful boys from the other side of the world got up and started to sing from the depth of their soul, just the most beautiful music,” Terkeurst who lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager. “I was very challenged by the reality that these boys who had been singing and smiling and just had such joy in their life, that they had nothing.”

It’s been 10 years since Terkeurst made the decision to adopt best-friends Mark, who was 13 at the time and Jackson, who was 14.  45 other children have been adopted from the same orphanage, including other members  of the boys choir.

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  • Lysa Terkeurst is a godly warrior! She is one of many leaders of the Proverbs 31 Ministries based in the Charlotte area. I saw in one of her family photos that she had black sons and knew they were adopted, but never knew the story. Great job Clutch for picking this up!!!