Video: Journey to Ella–A Democratic Republic of the Congo Adoption Story

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Denalee Chapman April 24, 2015

The Gustafsons have a lot of love in their family. And they knew they had enough love to share with another child. So they searched, and found that their newest family member was an orphan in Africa—a continent with over 53 million orphans. They searched further and ended up finding Ella in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Endless paperwork, fingerprinting and home studies took so much time. But the family all worked together to complete the requirements. They worked and waited for 19 months, fundraising and preparing their home. They knew little Mabelle was theirs the moment they saw her picture.  And now, they all belong to each other forever.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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