A Christmas story: God has answered

At Christmas, we remember the day when God answered the world’s longing for a Saviour. Like the old man Simeon who was “waiting for the consolation of Israel”, the world was holding its breath awaiting the fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

This Christmas, a baby girl with special needs needed a family to adopt her.

The baby had Down Syndrome as well as a serious heart defect and finding the right family was not easy. But the search ended with Kirk and Sandi Brannock, who are featured in today’s Oregon Live. Already caring for 5 children, including one with cerebal palsy and another with Down Syndrome, this family officially adopted her on Friday after 5 months of paperwork and administration.

They named her Elyana which means “God has answered”.


This story is close to home. Sandi Brannock is my wife’s sister. I just saw baby Elyana on Skype, celebrating her first Christmas with her new family.

Read the article here: A Washington County family of eight celebrates a Christmas gift, an adopted baby girl with Down syndrome.

Related: Special needs children in church


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


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