A home for Georgina
March 29 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A home for Georgina | Friday, March 30, 2001

Friday, March 30, 2001

A home for Georgina

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When Roy A. and Shirley Smith left the Sandy Creek Association for a three-year stint in Johannesburg as on-site directors of the South Africa partnership, they were empty-nesters who did not expect to be starting over as parents. That was before they met Georgina, the first child rescued through the Door of Hope ministry. Like many other N.C. volunteers, they had learned to love Georgina through helping to care for her at the Berea Mission and later at the ministry's Baby House.

When the Door of Hope sought "weekend parents" for children in its care, the Smiths signed on to keep Georgina on the weekends. When it became harder and harder to take her back to the Baby House, they registered with the South African government as a "house of safety" and became temporary parents.

Several months later, they applied for adoption, which is normally a lengthy and difficult process. After much effort and constant prayer, the adoption was approved. In short order (much shorter than usual), she also had a South African passport and a visa to visit the United States. Obstacles remain before Georgina is cleared to return to the United States when the Smiths' term is up at the end of October, but they are confident that God will find a way.

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