Lorie and Duane Newman had no reason to adopt. Parents of four, including twins, the Newmans had a large family by current standards. They were also rearing them in a six-room house and on one income, his (Mr. Newman is an engineer at Club Car).
But the couple, in their mid-30s, sensed a nudge from the Lord a few years ago to explore adoption. They since have added a daughter from Haiti and a son from Liberia and might adopt a third child.
They are organizers for If You Were Mine, a workshop on adoptions to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road. The workshop was created by Little Rock, Ark.-based FamilyLife.
C. Thomas Davis, the author of Fields of the Fatherless, will speak and hold a book-signing. Adoption agencies' representatives will be available to answer questions.
The Newmans began their search online. Haiti was the only country open to them since they already had a large family and no fertility issues, she said.
The Newmans located a missionary in Haiti and spent two years on their quest to adopt a girl, Grace, who is 5.
They later got Daniel, who just turned 3, from a Liberian orphanage.
"He was very sick when we got him, very malnourished. He is doing great now," Mrs. Newman said.
Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: C. Thomas Davis, the author of Fields of the Fatherless
WHERE: Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16
COST: $20 per person, includes lunch and a manual
REGISTER: www.familylife.com, or call (800) 358-6329