From Shattered Dreams to a Mission of Mercy

hoodsmainWhen Lamar Hood heard his daughter Jennifer tested positive for Down syndrome: "It was like being hit by a truck," he remembered, "I just didn't believe God would do this to me."

Twynette, Lamar's wife of two years, was waiting at home, praying that their new daughter would be "normal." Her intuition as a mother told her otherwise. Jennifer's disability would ultimately reform their marriage.

Today, after 42 years together, the Hoods draw attention wherever they go: Lamar, Twynette, and Jennifer -- still living at home -- with Amy, Amanda and Jason, three more Hoods, all adopted, all with Down syndrome. The Hoods' dream-shattering crisis has become a mission of mercy.

[Read the rest of the article at WorldMag.com.]