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Police detective Clay Hammac had seen a lot of ugly stuff while on the job. But nothing prepared him for seeing the body of a murdered toddler, who had been beaten to death with her own doll by her mother's live-in boyfriend in 2009.
"I’ve always had an ability to separate work from family life," Hammac said. "But this one really pierced my heart. I dwelled on it for quite some time."
So he went to his wife Laura and asked her to pray with him about the situation. But they didn't want to pray only for that one tragic life cut short, though--they wanted to find a way to stop this horror from happening to other children.
Before long, they got their answer.
A friend approached the couple about becoming foster parents. The idea seemed foreign to them, especially since they already had two children of their own.
"We asked God to open our hearts so that if that was His will, He would open our hearts to that," he said.
Sure enough, by the time six years had passed, the family had welcomed 18 foster children into their home.
Though the work has come with many heartbreaks and struggles--sending one to live with her relatives when she was older, seeing another born addicted to drugs--there has also been indescribable joy. For instance, they were able to adopt a foster child they had brought home as a newborn. And they look forward to every bit of new love they bring into their house.
Watch their moving testimony in the touching video below.
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