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By Nancy Flory, The Stream, June 28, 2024

Nancy Flory, Ph.D., is a senior editor at The Stream.  …


Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot tells how two dozen families adopted 77 kids.

The United States should not have a foster care crisis. With approximately 350,000 churches nationwide and more than 100,000 kids in the foster system waiting for placement, this is an area where people of faith could make a big difference.

And some of them have.

A new family-friendly film, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot is based on the true story of a church whose parishioners adopted 77 of the most difficult kids their community’s foster care system had to offer. The movie tells the story of Bishop W.C. Martin and his wife, Donna, pastors of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Possum Trot, Texas, from 1998 to 2000.

Director Joshua Weigel cowrote the film with his wife, Rebekah. They tell the Martins’ story about their two biological children, their four adopted children, and the strain adopting the kids placed on the whole family. …

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