How it all began

For the past 8 years, most of us in the DeFrees household, at one time or another, have gone to Ukraine on mission trips. Our school in San Antonio leads these trips and we take high school students and graduates with us to teach the orphans and kids in the villages about the love of Jesus. God gave us an instant love for the orphans that we ministered to and my family and I became hooked for life when we met these kids. If we were allowed to bring kids home with us every summer, I'm sure we would have at least 5 or 6 more kids in our home already. As you may have guessed, this is how we met the teenager that we are going to adopt. There are others that we would love to adopt but cannot for different reasons: some are not adoptable, some do not wish to be adopted, and some are being adopted by others (praise God).