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Henry couple seeking to adopt Ukrainian teen

Fund-raiser set for Saturday, in McDonough

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Jarrod Thorpe (second from left) and his wife, Amy (right) are in the midst of an effort to adopt a 13-year-old girl, Julia (center), from Ukraine. The Thorpe family also includes 4-year-old Jonah (left), 5-year-old Hannah, and 7-year-old Noah.

Special Photo Jarrod Thorpe (second from left) and his wife, Amy (right) are in the midst of an effort to adopt a 13-year-old girl, Julia (center), from Ukraine. The Thorpe family also includes 4-year-old Jonah (left), 5-year-old Hannah, and 7-year-old Noah.

Amy Thorpe said when she and her husband, Jarrod, met a Ukrainian girl named Julia, last year, they knew they wanted to adopt her.

“We fell in love with her,” said the 33-year-old McDonough mother of three. Last year, she said she and her husband developed a mutual desire to adopt a child.

“A few months before Christmas, we felt like we were called to adopt,” Amy Thorpe said.

The Thorpes are hoping to draw closer to their goal of welcoming 13-year-old Julia into their home, by holding a yard sale fund-raiser, Saturday, at 8 a.m., at Southside Christian Fellowship, 750 Mount Carmel Road, in McDonough.

The fund-raiser will help to offset some of the $25,000 cost of completing the adoption.

“We have raised about $8,000 so far, and it’s been really neat to see how God’s moved,” she said. “We still have about seven weeks before we go to Ukraine, and we still have to raise about $17,000. It’s just to help with all the expenses that are needed to bring her home.”

Saturday’s event will include a children’s festival, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a bounce house, motorcycle rides, a ring toss, face painting, a silent auction, a car wash, barbecue plates and hot dog plates.

The church’s pastor, Eddie Mason, said he is confident Saturday’s event will spur others toward a desire to adopt children.

“We probably will have two or three more families that will want to adopt as a result of this,” he said. “We believe that God the Father has a spirit of adoption,” said Mason. “He has adopted us and let us into His family. In order to be a reflection of His love, we need to be adopting.”

Thorpe added that she and her husband want to be an encouragement to others, who are considering adoption.

Thorpe, a homemaker, and her husband, a maintenance technician for Comcast Cable, attend services at the church, where they serve as leaders of the children’s ministry.

Last year, the Thorpes met Julia for the first time at BridgeStone camp, in Chilton County, Ala. It connects Ukrainian children with American families for prospective adoption.

“We ended up going at Christmas [of 2011], and our hearts got stirred,” the adoptive mother-in-waiting said. We got to spend a total of nine days with her.” In January, the couple initiated the process of adopting Julia by sending the necessary paperwork to the Ukraine.

“We should be going there in June or July, once they approve everything in Ukraine,” Amy Thorpe said. “Her mom does not contact her very often, and her father was in prison when she got taken away from her mom,” Thorpe said.

Julia speaks limited English, but is learning the language.

“She can say ‘I love you’ and ‘I miss you,’ ” Thorpe said. “She’s picking up on it slowly.”

The Thorpes have three kids of their own — Noah, 7, Hannah, 5, and Jonah, 4.

“They keep asking us when we’re going to pick her up,” Amy Thorpe said.

“We are praying that we can be a testimony to other families that are not rich, that if God calls them to adopt, that He will provide,” Amy Thorpe said.

Tax deductible donations can be made to Southside Christian Fellowship, and must be designated for the adoption.