bit of inspiration for christmas

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    Before you start to be overwhelmed with it all this Christmas, with work, family, relatives, kids, holidays, traffic, etc. Spare a thought for this couple and glad to see they get some corporate sponsorship as well. Capitalism does not have to about greed all the time.

    "Children with special needs often are placed in institutions, but one Christian couple in Georgia has made room for them. John and Jeanette Murphy, who live in Morrow, a few miles from the Atlanta airport, have adopted 23 children, one by one, all with special needs, many with very serious health problems, most with Down's syndrome. And to top it all off, they completed their family with four birth children. John and Jeanette met 30 years ago while working at a home for people with special needs, and from the time they married, they knew their calling was to care for children no one else wanted. In 1983, they adopted Shannon, one of the most severely handicapped children the Murphys had ever met. "God's Word tells us how to
    raise children, and we don't make exceptions just because of their disabilities,"
    "With loving authority and correction, these kids can do almost anything," he added. And "almost anything" is not an exaggeration. The children all are learning
    American Sign Language. They take regular gymnastics lessons, and nine of them have formed their own dance troupe. And already three of the Murphys' special-needs children have moved out and are living on their own. But raising 27 children is far from easy. To start, providing for their basic needs requires nothing short of constant attention. Every ordinary misadventure is multiplied in scope. And staying financially afloat can be
    difficult. The Murphys have weathered trial after trial - heart surgeries, tracheotomies, amputations, legal issues and the five children they have buried. Most passed away as infants, but one son, Jonathan, struggled with Leukemia for five years. Through it all, the Murphys rely on God for their strength. Although John and Jeanette are not understood or accepted by most of their biological family, God has blessed the family through an unusual connection with Christian entrepreneur Madeline Balletta and Bee-Alive, her
    nutrition company. "It's actually like family," Jeanette said. "We're closer to them than to most of our family members." In fact, employees at Bee-Alive send gifts to the Murphy children every Christmas and pray with
    them on the phone. The Murphys have even taken two vacations to visit Bee-Alive headquarters in New York."
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