Deeper Than A Family Tree

After a chance encounter in a California coffee shop, Holt adoptee Nina Davis meets two girls who were adopted from the same care center in India where she lived before she joined her family. Here, she shares what this serendipitous meeting has taught her about adoption and family. NinaDavis

When I was 2 and a half years old, I was adopted from Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK), one of Holt’s legacy partner organizations in India. I am now 26 years old and I’ve wanted to share my story for a long time. As time has progressed, I have felt more and more inclined to do so as I experience events that always bring me back to the absolute beauty of adoption. The following is one of many significant experiences that have redirected my confused mind and given me a full heart and passion to work with orphans. Being saved from someone who brought me to BSSK as an abandoned baby to being adopted into a loving family — who cared for me even when I was sick with Malaria when I came home — to now having a relationship with God, I can say that I’ve learned I am not my own. I am just an instrument that is being played and used to advocate for others who need to be loved and nurtured as I have been. Continue reading “Deeper Than A Family Tree”

A Temporary Traveler

IMG_0657Lisa Atkins reflects on her life as an adoptee and how God has taken her from Korea to the U.S. and now to Bolivia to work as a missionary. 

Lisa Atkins has an old first-grade writing project where she tells about eating rice and barley water in a Holt orphanage in Seoul, Korea. Apart from seeing this description, written with careful pencil strokes on wide-ruled paper, she has no memory of these meals. But it is the closest recollection she has of life before she was adopted 54 years ago.

Lisa doesn’t know much about her life in Korea, beyond what she has been told. Left on the doorstep of a church in Seoul as an infant, she was raised by the church pastor’s family for several years before the pastor and his family could no longer support her. They then brought her to Holt’s care center in the city. She was only there for a year before she was adopted and brought home to her family in March of 1961.

Lisa has always been very thankful for the sacrifice her birth mother made for her. “I see God’s hand in everything from the very beginning,” she says.

While she says being adopted isn’t something she often thinks about, it’s given her a unique perspective because she sees adoption as a beautiful representation of what God offers to all of us.

Captioning a picture on her Facebook page with her two sisters — who are also both adopted from Korea — Lisa writes, “I’ve been doubly blessed to be adopted twice.” Once by her adoptive parents, and once again by the Lord.

“As I’ve grown in my spiritual walk, one of the things that really has always stuck with me is that we are not of this world,” she says. Continue reading “A Temporary Traveler”