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One of TOP's Youngest Family Members

Jessie An Jolie with her new parents.Jessie An Jolie was born 2002 in Danang, the city where her adoptive father, Daniel, served as a Marine. Daniel and his wife Pamela have traveled with us as participants.

While participating in one of TOP's humanitarian projects at an orphanage in Hoi An, Daniel and Pamela were touched by a little girl who lives in the facility. At that moment, they realized their dream to adopt a child from Vietnam. While that thought was conceived in Hoi An, Pham Hoai An was conceived in Danang. This was the child, who after a long, emotional, and intensive process, would become their daughter.

Seventeen months and two trips to Danang later, their dream came true. On Fathers' Day, 2002 Daniel held his daughter in Danang for the first time. Then in September they returned for a tearful Giving and Receiving ceremony, accompanied by Pamela's parents and Jessie's birth mother. Jessie's birth mother could not care for her baby, and made the sacrifice to have her adopted. Pamela wrote "She was born in Danang, where Daniel served his time during the war. Just another manifestation of Daniel's healing process. She has brought us all together from two worlds to let us experience open hearts, forgiveness, healing, and love in the practice of caring for a little girl."

Pamela and Daniel plan to continue to return to Vietnam so that Jessie can experience her Vietnamese heritage. Daniel said he is happy to have new memories of Vietnam--ones of life and love. For decades Vietnam has been a part of Daniel's life. Now it is more than ever. Jessie has brought him full circle.

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