Saturday, November 25, 2006

Adoption Associates International

Adoption program has global reach
Tom Grysen went to China to paint walls and install floors. But his greatest memory was of discussing God with a young Chinese interpreter.

Grysen, a Hudsonville painter, said it was near the end of his one-week mission trip last month when the interpreter saw the opportunity to speak privately with him.

"Do you believe in God?" the interpreter asked.

When Grysen said he did, other questions followed, and he found himself sharing his faith with the woman. He said the conversation ended when he gave the woman a Bible his wife had given him.

"She clutched it to her chest and wept," Grysen recalled.

Grysen and his wife, Lori, adopted a Chinese girl, now 2, a year ago, and he said he went on the mission trip to increase his understanding of his daughter's native culture.


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