When Steven and Wellen Bridger began their adoption journey, they were first matched with a pair of twin boys living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were matched for a year. They had been told that the children were in legitimate need of a family, but it came out over time that they were not orphans, that they had a family.
This was an eye-opening experience for the Bridgers, who became focused on supporting an organization called Mwana Villages, an orphanage that worked to not only help orphans but also to prevent children from becoming orphans by working with vulnerable women
They decided, said Wellen, that even if they never adopted, they wanted to “be a part of a ministry that we believed in so much.” But adoption did become a part of their role in that ministry.