A number of families at the Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach, Calif. (Lou Huesmann, pastor) are featured in an upcoming special on CBS that celebrates foster care and adoption.
“A Home for the Holidays” shares stories of foster care adoption and features performances from some of America’s most popular musical artists. This year’s special features several Grace families who have adopted children, including the Exleys, Ponsar-Meades, Saenzes, McDaniels, Luebs, and Moores, and includes interview footage with Pastor Lou. Some of the segments that focus on the Moore family were taped at Grace during two morning worship services, according to Julie Schumacher, director of communication.
The program airs at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Wednesday, December 19 and will be hosted by best-selling country vocal group Rascal Flatts. It will include moving performances by Rascal Flatts, Rachel Crow, whose performance accompanies her personal story about foster care adoption, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels are set to present.
A news release about the program tells the story of the Moore family, who are members of Grace, Long Beach.
Moore Family (Long Beach, Calif.)
When Terri and John Moore married in 1988, they thought about having biological children, but instead decided to adopt. “We were very involved in our church and wanted to make a difference. Foster children need someone to champion them, and we knew we could give them the love they deserve.” The couple soon met 5-year-old Anthony and his 4-year-old brother Chris, who had been placed in foster care after being found homeless and abandoned. “The boys just stole our hearts and that was the beginning of our wonderful family of six beautiful children,” says Terri. The Moores became an inspiration to their church, and today their congregation has fostered more than 50 children and more than 20 have been adopted.