25 Oct Albert and His Twelve Sons – With the World Without Orphans Cyclying Team in France
A chaplain and father of 12 adopted children, Albert did not start out working with youth. He used to be the manager for an adult rehab center. When he heard a sermon about adoption, he had the revelation that it is better to raise children in a family and prevent their troubles, than spend their adulthood trying to reverse the past.
He was a single man, but states “when the idea of adoption came to me, I realized that only a woman can give birth to a child from her body, but for a man a child can be born from his heart.” His first adoption was a pair of brothers, whom he refused to separate, so he adopted them both at once.
Albert eventually did marry, but the woman he married died after only two years, and also left her three children behind, who he now cares for as well. He had to fight for guardianship of these little ones, but he says all the hardship has changed him for the better. “I began to see that the kids were actually helping me. They inspire me to be a good example for them. If I want to implement something good in them, I have to start with my own behavior. I know that they model what I do. Serving these children, I also serve God.”
Not only has Albert taken in 12 orphans over time, he has raised them up to be hard workers and public servants. He is a powerful example of this in the tragic war zone of his nation. He often braves the frontlines of conflict in his country, offering prayer and practical support to the soldiers. He has rallied a team to go with him, and within two years of political conflict he has delivered over 200 tons of food and goods to the military members protecting his nation. He also helps civilian families evacuate the areas being shelled by bombs.
Many of his boys have grown and now live independently, but they continue to visit home to be inspired by their loving father, a loyal caregiver and patriotic servant of God.
“He’s inviting me to heal, but also to see my most meaningful calling: to be His healing to the hurting. My own brokenness, driving me into Christ’s, is exactly where I can touch the brokenhearted.”
Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way
Special thanks to Kenzie Jackson for helping me tell this story.