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When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year-long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from that post-Soviet country’s corrupt social service and judicial systems, de Blecourt was insulted, physically assaulted, and arrested. Worse, her months of loneliness, worry, and fear drove her to the brink of spiritual despair. But God had no intention of abandoning de Blecourt or her family. Her amazing story-culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom-offers dramatic proof that God’s light shines on even in the deepest darkness.

WHY I WROTE “UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME”

The most common question I am asked nowadays is “Why did you adopt?” The second most common question I’m asked, especially if the person asking knows anything about our adoption journey is “Why are you writing a book about your adoption?” Today, I’m tackling the second question…
Our adoption journey has been described by a fellow writer and friend as “a terribly, beautiful story of love for a child.” The beautiful part is understandable. A family gained another member. A child gained a family that adores him. Adoption can be a beautiful thing. The terrible part comes along side our journey to get our son home. Perhaps the one sentence description I used to describe my book to agents and editors says it best: “Our adoption journey was like Not Without My Daughter meets The Hunt for Red October and The Hiding Place.
I was simply trying to get the son we had just adopted, home to America. There are still serious post-Soviet overtones throughout my son’s homeland of Ukraine and nothing there is simple. It was only through my faith in God’s heart for the orphan that we were finally triumphant, almost one year later. During that time, I learned Russian, I tried to keep a low profile and most of the time, I lived in Ukraine without my husband and daughter. For perhaps the first time in my life, God became my everything.
Ukraine is where many dear friends live, it is my second home and the birthplace of my son, so there is no revenge theme here. We were made a solid offer for the rights to publish our story, but all the profits from the book go to a favorite non-profit of ours, Food for Orphans (www.foodfororphans.org), so it wasn’t for the money. And since I had posted our adoption journey on Facebook, our story wasn’t a secret. Our journey even attracted a casting director from the Oprah Winfrey Network, so our story was already in the public eye. Later, I was interviewed for a nationwide NPR show. That interview is still online and part of an iTunes podcast — so again, no secrets here. But to re-live it all again? I would have to have help. I could barely function, let alone construct sentences. So not only the ‘why’ but the ‘how’ became a question. So then, why did I choose to tell our story? Wouldn’t it had been better buried deep?
When we finally arrived home on Sunday, April 25, 2010, I was numb. I had lost over 40 pounds. I could no longer cry. I was hearing things that weren’t there. I could hardly talk. Yet through all my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms and the relief of being back on American soil, there was one thing I was sure of — I was to tell the story of my Deliverer. At times it was if I could feel God’s hand on my back, gently leading me forward through the publishing maze. When I wanted to give up, and believe me, there were many times during my publishing journey I wanted to do just that, He led me forward. My time in Ukraine had attuned me to His voice. I no longer questioned, I simply followed.
Since being home, I have heard the ‘confessions’ of those touched by our journey. One couple has started attending church again. Other friends, who claim no knowledge of Jesus Christ, have confessed they have started to investigate Him again. God works in mysterious ways. If the often painful re-telling of our story leads someone one step further towards heaven, then it is a journey I’m willing and happy to make.
Make no mistake, I am NOT a saint. Only God knows my imperfections better than I do. Many are revealed in my book. But, if God can use me, in spite of myself, I am His. I have nothing to boast about except Him. And I can talk about Him, all day long.
So there it is — the answer — I wrote a book about our adoption journey to show you my God in action. To bring attention to the orphaned children of the world He loves so dearly is a bonus. To raise funding to feed them, an honor.
Soli deo gloria.
Kim de Blecourt


“I can describe this book in one word: captivating. It details the heart-wrenching excitement of running and hiding from one of the scariest government agencies in the world, and it is absolutely magnetic. I don’t know how this family survived such a horrendous ordeal other than through God’s intervention and favor. This is a must-read that you will be talking about for years to come, and a reference manual on the positive results that come from having a tenacious, never-quit attitude.”
Gary VanDyke, President, Food for Orphans


“Kim de Blecourt’s story is amazing–and I never use the word amazing. Her courage in the face of persecution and obstacles will inspire you as you turn the pages of her adoption saga, a tale like none other. Until We All Come Home reads like a novel, and will enthrall you with each nail-biting episode until the blockbuster conclusion. The difference is, Kim really lived this story, and her profound devotion for her little boy is a tribute to a mother’s love, and to God’s care and shelter in the worst circumstances.”
Lorilee Craker, journalist and New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, including Through the Storm with Lynne Spears and Money Secrets of the Amish.


“UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a page-turner! This true life story is so captivating the reader is fully emotionally engaged from the beginning to the end. Kim de Blecourt has done an extraordinary job of relating the gripping impact of saying ‘Yes’ to God’s leading in the life of her family. The tenacity, passion, and relentless cry of this mother’s heart will make a lasting imprint on your life.”
Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and Between a Rock and a Grace Place


“From its opening words to its last, UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME, take the readers on a heart-pounding journey that combines the intrigue of a political spy novel with the warmth of a mother’s diary. Kim de Blecourt’s book is that rare true-to-life tale that combines warmth, perspective, and wisdom with a message for everyone; we are all orphans in search of a relentless love that fulfills the promise to bring us home.”
Shelly Beach, award-winning author of The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk


“Until We All Come Home reads like a spy thriller, but with the reality that a child’s life and livelihood is at stake. It’s a terribly beautiful story of a family’s love for a child, a corrupt bureaucracy, and the painful lessons we learn when we follow God wherever He leads. I loved this page-turning, God-breathed book.”
Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus


“Until We All Come Home is one woman’s true story which will draw you in from the very first sentence. It is a story of love, intrigue, harrowing fear, and absolute faith in the One who protects and provides in the midst of great darkness. I literally could not put this book down.”
Kristine McGuire, author of Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life


“Wow! That is probably the word I used the most while reading this wonderful book! From the opening chapter to the last word and everything in between-it is a wile, page-turning ride that pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go. Bravo, Kim de Blecourt, bravo!”
Wanda L. Sanchez, Producer, Salem Radio Network, San Francisco


“Watching God work in the lives of people is always intriguing, and sometimes very unique. UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a story of hope when every turn of events appeared to be hopeless. This is an open and honest review of God’s faithfulness and one person’s struggle in recognizing it.”
Dean Parham, Pastor of Immanuel Church of Holland, MI


“An international adoption, out-of-control oppression, assault, robbery, corruption, manipulation, lawsuits, a national warrant, spiritual attack, more than eleven months in a foreign country-and one woman’s courage. Kim de Blecourt’s story will grab hold of your heart and won’t let go. You might wonder, as I did, what you’d be willing to do for love and whether your trust in God is enough.”
Twila Belk, writing, speaker, co-author of Heavenly Company and I Believe in Healing

 

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