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Couple adopts four special needs orphans; opens home for hundreds more

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by Amanda Roberson

TYLER (KYTX) - A couple went to China to teach English, and ended up adopting four children and building a home for hundreds more. CBS 19's Amanda Roberson spoke with a modern day orphan pioneer in Tyler about his message of love.

Tim Baker and his wife have three biological children. But, when they adopted their fourth, a special needs orphan they named Esther, they were hooked. 

"She changed our lives," said Tim. We kept thinking about all those other kids that were in the bed next to her, what's going to happen to them? Who's going to take care of them?"

As it turned out, they would. The Bakers would adopt three other Chinese children before founding Shelter's Field Children's Village for special needs orphans.

"When you see those kids and you're able to see what they've overcome...some of them are missing limbs, some of them have facial deformities, some of them have inoperable heart conditions, but it's one of the happiest places on Earth," said Tim.

There have been more than 800 adoptions and 3,000 surgeries since the doors to Shepherd's Village opened five years ago.

"Sometimes people will say, well, I couldn't conceive a child so I'm going to go with plan B, which is adoption," said Tim. "Well, all of it is plan A. God knew from the very foundation of the world that that adopted child would be your child."

The next step, Baker says, is to care for older special needs orphans, who, at the age of 15, are automatically institutionalized.

"Those kids will spend the rest of their lives in there. We want to bring them and teach them life skills, and give them job skills."

 

There are more than 150 million orphans worldwide. For more on Shepherd's Village and the work there are doing, please visit www.chinaorphans.org.

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