Couple raising money to adopt children from West Africa (the Bradfords)

"A Warner Robins couple is adopting two children from West Africa, but the Ebola crisis has temporarily stopped the process. They're keeping hope alive by helping a local widow during her time of need. Two families brought together by one Bible verse.

"That comes from James 1:27 in the Bible: Religion that is pure and faultless before the father is to help the widow and orphan in their need,” Kevin Bradford said.

The widow is Kristi Dotson and orphans are two young boys from Sierra Leone who are looking for their forever home.

Kevin and Anya Bradford started the adoption process a year and a half ago. They were on track to bring Mohamed and Ezekiel home by Christmas, but the Ebola outbreak in West Africa stopped the process.

"With something like Ebola, who knows. We really don't have a time frame. There's nobody we can call to fix. Our hands are really tied, that's the hardest part,” Anya said.

To keep their spirits high and hope alive, the Bradfords partnered with Both Hands, a non-profit ministry that helps families fundraise for their adoptions by gathering a team of volunteers to fix a widow's home.

"It gives an opportunity for people to be involved and help offset those costs, but at the same time it allows us to serve someone else,” Jenny Ledger, a project coordinator for Both Hands said.

Dotson's home will get new paint, shelves, and landscaping.

Her husband passed away in 2009 from a brain tumor. Since then, she's been raising her two daughters and maintain a household on her own.

"There are just little things around the house that he would do that I have no clue how to do,” Dotson said. “You don't realize what that other person means usually until they're gone."
She calls this a blessing, but adds the real mission is to help Kevin and Anya bring their children home.

The Bradfords have to raise $35,000 for the adoption fees. So far, they've collected $12,000.

The Bradfords and a group of 40 volunteers are fixing Dotson's home this Saturday. Several local businesses have donated supplies for the renovation. Click here if you would like to help the Bradfords raise money for their adoption fees. You can also email Kevin at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering the day of the service project or to learn more about Both Hands."
This article was written by Amanda Castro, WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...

James 1:27 (NIV)