They Were Shocked When She Gave Birth To 3 Black Children, But Not For The Reason You Think. They Were Shocked When She Gave Birth To 3 Black Children, But Not For The Reason You Think.
A white evangelical couple told the amazing story of how – and why – they chose to adopt five black children, three as embryos,... They Were Shocked When She Gave Birth To 3 Black Children, But Not For The Reason You Think.

A white evangelical couple told the amazing story of how – and why – they chose to adopt five black children, three as embryos, Thursday.

Presbyterian missionaries Aaron and Rachel Halbert had agreed while dating that they wanted to adopt because, as Aaron told The Washington Post, it was ‘the logical outcome of being pro-life.’

And they agreed not to adopt white children, knowing that white kids are more likely to be chosen by prospective parents. It was a decision that was to transform their lives in the most heartwarming way imaginable.

Presbyterian missionaries Aaron (pictured) and Rachel Halbert give birth to black triplets (pictured) after 'adopting' African-American embryos left over from another couple's IVF treatment

Presbyterian missionaries Aaron (pictured) and Rachel Halbert give birth to black triplets (pictured) after ‘adopting’ African-American embryos left over from another couple’s IVF treatment


Having difficulty conceiving naturally, the couple (pictured) went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt 'non-Caucasian' children

Having difficulty conceiving naturally, the couple (pictured) went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt ‘non-Caucasian’ children

Aaron grew up with his missionary parents in Honduras, where he says he was a ‘blue-eyed, cotton-topped white kid who stuck out like a sore thumb.’

But that helped him feel comfortable around people of other races, he says – something Rachel, who grew up in the Mississippi delta, took a few years to pick up.

Having difficulty conceiving naturally, they eventually went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt ‘non-Caucasian’ children.

‘We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally,’ Aaron explained.

The pair adopted two African-American kids, and found their lives changing in a magical way.

‘There is something beautiful and enriching being the only white face sitting and chatting with some of my African-American friends as my son gets his hair cut on a Saturday morning,’ Aaron told the Washington Post.

‘There is also something wonderful in the relationship that is built as my wife asks a black friend on Facebook how to care for our little biracial daughter’s hair.

‘The beauty of a multi-ethnic family is found there, in the fact that the differences are the very thing that make ours richer and fuller. It forces you to think in a new way about the way you think, speak, act and live.’

The pair also adopted two African-American children (pictured) and found their lives changing in a magical way. The Halberts (pictured) hadn't intended to have any more children, until they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center

The pair also adopted two African-American children (pictured) and found their lives changing in a magical way. The Halberts (pictured) hadn’t intended to have any more children, until they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center

The Halberts hadn’t intended to have any more children, but then they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center, a Christian embryo bank that ‘saves’ the excess frozen embryos that are created during a couple’s IVF treatment.

Usually those embryos – which comprise just a few cells – are destroyed or given to science once their biological donors successfully implant one.

But Christian centers accept ‘donations’ that can then be ‘adopted’ by couples having trouble conceiving.

‘Deeply moved’ by the thought of having more kids – and wanting their new arrives to fit in with their siblings – the couple had two African-American embryos implanted.

Little did they know that one of those embryos would divide again, leaving them with triplets and not the twins they had expected.

And on Sunday Rachel gave birth to the three tiny bundles of joy.

The couple are currently serving as missionaries in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, but Aaron knows from experience the strange looks they will get when they take their three new kids out and about in the American South.

He recalled the times that an elderly white women looked at his family with disgust, and a black mother ‘looked at us and just shook her head.’

‘However, there was also the young black girl who wept when we told her this little boy with her skin color was our son,’ he said, ‘and the older white doctor who lovingly prayed over him and held him so tenderly.

‘These latter experiences were rays of hope reminding us how far our country had come, while the former experiences reminded us how far we still need to go.’

Henry Okafor

  • Lexi barnett

    December 8, 2016 #1 Author

    They are so pretty

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  • Asaja

    December 8, 2016 #2 Author

    Woow very interesting

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  • Reonshay Mason

    December 8, 2016 #3 Author

    This is a beautiful story. Very touching and loving.

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  • Kiaundra

    December 8, 2016 #4 Author

    In times of racism and a country full of tention I think this is beautiful and Gods way of letting us all know it’ll be okay but it starts with us first. Congrats!

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  • Tiara

    December 8, 2016 #5 Author

    This is beautiful. God is showing us that no matter what color we are, we are all equal. I didnt think this was possible at all.

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  • Briyon

    December 8, 2016 #6 Author

    with rascism in america at an all time high this is beautiful!

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  • Briyon

    December 8, 2016 #7 Author

    that’s beautiful

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  • Lillie

    December 8, 2016 #8 Author

    Very touching story. I’m glad that they don’t care what anyone thinks or feels about them having African American children. Amazing.

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  • Jasmine

    December 8, 2016 #9 Author

    I love this story and the babies are BEAUTIFUL 😍 You learn something new everyday!

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  • omolara

    December 8, 2016 #10 Author

    wow! so great!! congratulations

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  • Telvih

    December 8, 2016 #11 Author

    This is amazing, love isn’t about color or race

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  • Donielle

    December 8, 2016 #12 Author

    They are so beautiful so heart warming ❤️

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  • Doretha marie

    December 8, 2016 #13 Author

    That is soo crazy !

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  • Breana smith

    December 8, 2016 #14 Author

    wow this is cool

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  • Latoya

    December 8, 2016 #15 Author

    Your family will forever be blessed… what yall have done crosses the racial barriers to just being a person, a human being, kind, loving and unbothered by opinions of others. Loving your children can never be wrong no matter their color, height, weight, physical or mental capacity…. God bless you always….

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  • SHAFIEA

    December 8, 2016 #16 Author

    Awww .. This is so heartwarming ❤

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  • Laterrica

    December 8, 2016 #17 Author

    They are so cute ❤️

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  • Alyssa Binn

    December 8, 2016 #18 Author

    This is such an amazing story!

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  • Godspower

    December 8, 2016 #19 Author

    God has blessing the family

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  • Godspower tozor gp

    December 8, 2016 #20 Author

    I’m happy for this family

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  • Jo

    December 8, 2016 #21 Author

    A very beautiful family..❤❤❤

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  • Marra

    December 8, 2016 #22 Author

    That was so heart felt and caring. I probably would’ve never thought. And to expect twins and end up with triplets are a blessing.

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  • Claudine

    December 8, 2016 #23 Author

    Wow, with God, everything is possible… They are very beautiful

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  • Goodness

    December 8, 2016 #24 Author

    Lovely!!!! Priceless. May God bless them

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  • Pretti

    December 9, 2016 #25 Author

    Wow.. that is amazing. In the reason they did it warms my heart

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  • Lerato

    December 9, 2016 #26 Author

    Wow this is beautiful, everyone deserves to be loved regardless of the race or color

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  • Antonekiqua Jordan

    December 9, 2016 #27 Author

    This Story Really Amazed Me. It’s Amazing.

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  • Sherie Gore

    December 9, 2016 #28 Author

    That’s very touching that they did that…. Congratulations

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  • Brittany Fleming

    December 9, 2016 #29 Author

    Beautiful.. #HeartWarming💖

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  • Tamisha Davis

    December 9, 2016 #30 Author

    Omg that’s beautiful ‼️😍

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  • Karia

    December 9, 2016 #31 Author

    at times like this I’m glad its still some good people 😍 #congrats to both such a beautiful family with an even beautiful story ❤

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  • chante

    December 9, 2016 #32 Author

    absoulutely amazing 😘😍

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  • Vinsha

    December 9, 2016 #33 Author

    This is amazing! There are a beautiful family. I have a family member who adopted a Caucasian child as an infant & their bond is undeniable and they are a happy family.

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  • Queiku fari

    December 9, 2016 #34 Author

    Very beautiful bur amazing too

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  • Vanessa kennedy

    December 9, 2016 #35 Author

    This is amazing ❤️ I love how they chose to adopt outside their race

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  • Ikima

    December 9, 2016 #36 Author

    This is absolutely stunning 😍 I still have hope in humanity , God bless this couple 😘

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  • Thalia Castro

    December 9, 2016 #37 Author

    This was so touching 💕

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  • Sharranda Goodwin

    December 9, 2016 #38 Author

    simply amazing 😍

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  • Angel V

    December 9, 2016 #39 Author

    Wow that’s amazing…look at God’s wonderful creation! Love it😍

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  • Regina

    December 10, 2016 #40 Author

    Beautiful babies😍😍

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  • Nwosu Ogechi Rita

    December 11, 2016 #41 Author

    Wow! What a nice & brilliant decision! God’s Great! Maybe he wants to use you to teach us that we are all children of the same family (both white or black race! Yes, in Christ Jesus, we are all one!

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