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Victor Ray Hillman

July 21, 1930-October 24, 2019 Victor Ray Hillman, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home in the Middleton Community on October 24, 2019.   Victor was born July 21, 1930, to Ferdinand “Ted” Hillman and wife Lois Avery Toby in Barksdale, TX.  Victor grew up in Bandera and graduated from Bandera High School in 1948. He attended Tarleton State College and then Texas A&M College.  He graduated from TAMC in 1952 whereupon he was commissioned as 2nd Lt in the…

Richard Lee King

ALLEN, TEXAS. Richard Lee King, age 92, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 20, 2019, at his home in Allen, TX, after suffering a stroke during the early morning of October 15. Richard was born in the Sunnyside community of Floresville, Texas on September 4, 1927, the eldest child of Richard Leslie King and Cora Ella Reed King. His mother died when he was five years old and he then lived nearby with his grandparents, William A and Ida…

Virgnia Estes Evans

Virginia Margaret Estes Evans, 99, recently of Columbus, Mississippi, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Sept. 22, 2019. She was born in Portland, Oregon on April 19, 1920 to Charles Kenneth and Mary Margaret (Mallard) Flinn. She grew up in Portland and southern California, and graduated from Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles. She is preceded in death by husbands Gilbert Eugene Estes and Dell Evans, son Maurice Wesley Estes, and sister Patricia Beck. She is survived…

Grey Sebree

Grey McKinley Sebree Beloved son of Stephen and Debbie Sebree  In 2011, at age 16, Grey went home to be with God, ending a courageous, 8-year battle with a chronic illness.  Grey was a member of the church of Christ at Taylorsville Road, in Louisville, KY where he loved to participate in worship by leading singing, prayers and teaching. He was a faithful Christian and an avid student of the Bible.  Grey was a Junior at Walden High School, where…

Susan Kerr

Susan Kerr, August 20, 1952 – July 18, 2019 Linda Susan Kerr, 66, of Bowling Green, KY was born August 20, 1952 in Birmingham, AL to Hiram O. Hutto and Rachel Batson Hutto. She passed away on July 18, 2019 at the Medical Center Hospital in Bowling Green, after a brief battle with cancer. Susan attended Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida, and then received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, using those degrees to practice a…

Allan Turner

Allan Turner, 1944 – 2019 Allan was born in Tampa, FL, on June 16, 1944 to Thomas and Letha Turner. In 1962 he graduated from King High School and a few months later he joined the Air Force where he served for 3 ½ years as an Air Policeman. Upon his honorable discharge in 1966, he began dating and soon married, Anita Reich Turner, on November 25, 1966. From 1966-1981 he served in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff, Detective…

Rawland R. Daniel

Rawland Daniel, 81, of Bossier City, LA, was born September 5,1937, on a farm near Hamlet, Nebraska, to Ernest and Marjorie Daniel. He passed on from this life on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Rawland served in the National Guard in Colorado after graduating from Olathe High School. Afterwards, he joined the U.S. Marines for two years. Rawland then joined the Air Force and served 23 years. He was a proud member of the US military and had a deep love…

Dan Clendening

Dan Clendening Dan Clendening loved the Lord, his dear Jeanie, and his family above all else. He was kind and humble, generous and caring, intelligent and wise. He and Jeanie were married 66 years. They served and encouraged many wherever they lived. Dan preached in the Athens, Ala. area without pay to enable churches to begin to support and have an interest in teaching the lost in other places and countries. In lieu of flowers Dan’s family has chosen to…

Royce Unwin DeBerry

Royce Unwin DeBerry, November 8, 1953 – November 14, 2018 Royce Unwin DeBerry was born November 8, 1953 in Jackson, Tennessee to Almeda Pauline Unwin DeBerry and Loyd Parvin DeBerry. He died November 14, 2018 at 11:53 am surrounded by his loving wife and family. Royce and Cindy fostered children for over 30 years. From those children, they adopted six children. Following in their footsteps, three of their older children have gone on to foster and adop 8 kids of…

Marie Falls

Catherine Marie Falls June 6, 1923 –  July 14, 2018 Marie Falls passed away at the age of 95 after a short illness. She lived a full life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to hundreds through the years. She was married for 62 years to the late Laden Falls of Birmingham, AL. Marie has three children: Richard Falls (Dee), Jimmy Falls (Phyllis), and Susan Falls Bailey (Jerry). She has 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She…

Ludy Sarabia

In Memory of Ludy Sarabia (1925-2018) Ludy loved children and considered her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother one of the greatest and most important callings a woman could experience.  We will miss her greatly and take comfort in knowing your donation will help other families know the joy of family as she did. Thank you, Jim, Loretta, Jessica, Jim Jr, Dan, and Emily Atherton Gil, Cindy, Bryan, and Angela Sarabia, Katie and Greg VanBemden Gary, Sherri, Joe Sarabia,…

200

  God has blessed Sacred Selections in our 10th year with the adoptions of 200 children! 200 children adopted from birth to 17-years-old. 200 children adopted from 8 countries around the world and the United States. 200 children now living in loving Christian homes in 25 states in the US and one Canadian province. 200 children now will know GOD and His Love for them. These are the faces of the 200 children that you have helped through your generous…

Charlie Palmer

Charlie Scott Palmer was gifted to us on Wednesday, March 14 and passed from this life Thursday, March 22, having been surrounded by his entire family. He departed peacefully, with both his loving mother and father being able to hold him closely and his older brother Davis telling him “bye bye, baby!” The entire extended family sang songs together to little Charlie, including “God Will Take Care of You” and “Because He Lives.” Charlie is survived by his mother and…

Xavier Royalty

Xavier Royalty Xavier was such a sweet boy! Always coming up to us and others saying, “Now big hug” and squeezing them so tight. He truly was a gift from God for us, and while we are never guaranteed tomorrow, I have often thought of David these past few days and 2 Sam 12:23 ESV “Someday I will go to him, but he cannot come back to me.” We pray the funds raised will help others know the precious gift…

Mike and Chelsea

Sacred Selections is a faith-based adoption agency that has been offering financial assistance to individuals looking to open their hearts to children in need of forever families for the last 10 years. Mike and Chelsea share their beautiful adoption story.

Sacred Selections 10 Year Reunion

Sacred Selections had a 10 year reunion over the Memorial Day weekend. This beautiful video depicts the power of God and those who had the faith & courage to brave the rocky waters of adoption and those who donated their time and money to help finance those adoptions! It’s ALL GOD! A special thank you to Craig Dehut for making this beautiful video. Check out his website, www.craigdehut.com.

Joe Clark Moody

Joe Clark Moody passed to his eternal reward on November 21, 2014 at the age of 98. His family has asked that contributions be made to Sacred Selections to help Christians open their hearts and homes to children. Brother Moody provided a home for his children in which he heeded God’s wishes to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of The Lord.” Adoption is a part of his family. He understood the loving concept of adoption in both…

100!

Sacred selections has been Blessed by GOD in helping 100 children land softly in Christian homes! Our most sincere Gratitude to those who were a part of these Dreams & Prayers come true! To celebrate this occasion, we have printed special t-shirts listing the names of all 100 children. You can order your own in our new store! [button type=”churchope_button” url=”http://store.sacredselections.org” target=”” button_color_fon=”#164B30″ ]Visit the store[/button]

Amos Davenport

Amos Davenport March 21, 1925 to March 3, 2013 Sacred Selections funded the adoption of Jordan and McKenzie Davenport in 2010.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to be sent to Sacred Selections.  This will allow other grandfathers to enjoy the blessing of the kind of family celebrations like the ones we have been able to enjoy with these precious children.

Michael & Heather

We are Michael and Heather and we adopted two beautiful children from Ethiopia in August 2011. We began our journey to adopt a baby girl, but soon fell in love with a picture of a little four year-old boy that had been at the orphanage for a long time. We could not stop thinking about him and tried to figure out how we could afford to adopt both children. We knew there would be extra medical bills and surgery for our little boy when he was…

Brandon & Pam

I feel very blessed that Christians gave us the contact information about Sacred Selections.  We had not heard of the foundation until a preacher asked us if we knew about it when he held a gospel meeting for our congregation during our adoption process for Alex. It has amazed me how it has affected so many people. The connections we have made will be lifelong, and eternal. Of course, the foundation helped us financially with a grant that helped secure…

Jeff & Darleen

We were inspired to be foster parents by the example of fellow Christians.  Within a couple of weeks the stork delivered Isaiah to our doorstep straight from the hospital. It was a love affair from the beginning. Though it seemed like he was always a permanent part of the family his name now reflects it! Thanks to Sacred Selections, without the pressing financial concerns that typically accompany adoption we have been able to focus on serving the fatherless. Since our…

Josh & Amanda

Our journey towards adoption actually began almost ten years ago. From the day we became husband and wife, we have always wanted to raise godly children in a Christian home. Our plan was to have two children naturally and then adopt a child one day from Korea. However, after seven years of marriage and then two years of trying to conceive, we quickly realized what most of us forget, is that our plan is not always God’s plan. After a…

Tim & Janice

The blessings we have received from Sacred Selections are too innumerable to name. Well, actually, I can name them- Gideon, Charlotte, Atticus, Bronwyn and Leo! These five amazing children are now home, in our family where they belong because of the love of God’s people and their generous donations to Sacred Selections. When we started our first international adoption back in 2010, we had precious little time to travel to China and get our son Gideon before he aged out…

Justin & Jennifer

In February 2007 Justin and Jennifer signed up for a foster to adopt program with their local department of social services. After five months of classroom training, interviews, house inspections, and a good deal of paperwork, they were off to a good start! Just seven weeks after becoming homestudy approved, a sister in Christ told them about a private adoption situation. Jennifer emailed the Birth Mother and a match was made within a couple of days! A few weeks later,…

Rob & Amber

Sometimes we think we know what the plan should be, but thanks be to God that He is in control.  We thought the plan was for us to try fertility treatments in order for us to have a baby after it was determined it would be difficult for us to conceive.  After four years and one miscarriage we prayed fervently for God to reveal His plan of how we would start a family.  The door toward adoption opened wide! When…

Ethan & Sarah

Both of us have been touched by adoption in our extended families, so we planned to adopt before we even married. After having three children relatively early in our marriage we knew that we wanted to add to our family through adoption. We first looked into foster-adoption and completed our home study through our county, but nothing panned out in that direction. We applied for a grant from Sacred Selections knowing that we would never be able to afford the…

Jeremy & Sharon

We tried to adopt domestically and knew there was a strong need for adoptive families for AA and bi-racial children. Often times the agencies ran out of families to present to these Birth Mothers. However, time after time we were told that the birth mother wanted someone without children. We eventually decided to adopt internationally and found that Ethiopia had a strong need for adoptive families as well. Once our paperwork was completed (which took about 3 months) we waited…

Scott & Sarah

We know that God’s hand was with us during our entire adoption process. After being unable to conceive a second child we knew that adoption was what we were being called to do. We didn’t want to go through lengthy and expensive fertility treatments when so many children are in need of loving Christian homes. Unfortunately, at first, we felt that adoption was cost prohibitive for us. Being a family with one income (Sarah is a stay-at-home mom) we didn’t…

Jonathan & Trisha

Since the time I was a little girl I have longed to have a family. All my life when someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always that I wanted to be a Mama. My Mama loved being a Mama and made it seem like the best “job” in the world. She and my Daddy had seven biological children before becoming Foster Parents and adopting four more. Mothering is in my blood! Jonathan…

Josh & Emily

We are a Sacred Selections family times three! God blessed us six years ago when we first learned about the mission of Sacred Selections. We were just starting the adoption process and were not at all sure how we would afford to adopt a child. Through a friend, we got in contact with David and Dana Carrozza. Dana talked us through our options, shared her experiences in helping others and prayed with us. Soon we were awarded a grant from…

Philip & Jennifer

Sacred Selections has changed our life by making us a family. Jennifer and I were a couple and now we are family with Alex.  Alexander John Bowman was born on July 30th 2009 and our life changed so much for the better. He brings joy to us everyday.  He has been a blessing from God, not just for us, but for his grandparents as well. We love Alex more than we can describe in words, and we owe all that…

Jason & Stephanie

It’s a classic story really, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl get married and dream of a future with a big family and lots of kids!  But girl has issues and they find out that she may never be able to have a baby.  So they pray and cry and pray and cry….and years go by.  Finally one day their prayers are answered and they are able to adopt a beautiful teenie tiny 3…

Joshua & Erin

Sacred Selections played a huge part in our adoption story. As Christians, we know what God did to adopt us – He planned our adoption from before time, worked an adoption plan throughout history and then sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we could be His children. God fervently wants to grow His family and so do we. We have always felt that being parents was a vital role that God had for us and that was our dream…

Ben & Jennifer

As a young married couple, the costs of adoption were daunting to Ben and Jennifer Tarmann.  Even after making drastic changes in their lives to save money, the expected costs of $20,000 were simply not within reach.  With a grant from Sacred Selections, Ben and Jennifer were able to adopt their precious Joselyn in 2009.  They are so thankful for the overwhelming generosity of Christians who donated to Sacred Selections. Now, Joselyn is 3 1/2.  She is a fantastically happy…

Daniel & Allison

A few years into our marriage, our thoughts turned to having children.  We always planned to adopt, but thought to have biological children, too.  After multiple miscarriages, we knew God had different plans for us.  First He blessed us with our sweet Faye, whom we adopted as a baby.  A few years later, we wanted to adopt again, but fertility treatments and our first adoption had take a toll.  Bringing home another baby was great financial concern for us.  Then…