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After Pastor D and Pastor Beemer left the orphanage, they made several desperate calls to their church, U.S. senators, and even the State Department. Eight agonizing days later, the seven American orphans were safe and sound, and on their way back to the United States.
It is the first time the children have seen their heroes since the day they met in Nigeria!

Oprah: What does it feel like to see the children here on American soil?

Pastor D: We did it. We promised you [the children] we were going to do it. I say a lot of words. I believe in doing what you say. We promised them at that time not really knowing how, but believing that God would make the way…. It's just wonderful.

Eric (rescued child): Thank you for bringing us back. Thank you for everything you have done for my brothers and sisters. You seem like a miracle to me and I want you in my life. I love you. You're family.
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Published on September 23, 2004

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