If you have doubts about God’s ability to turn a hardship in a blessing, you haven’t heard of Brighton Their World.
In 2006, Atlanta residents Tymm and Laura Hoffman decided to adopt a child from China. Asia’s adoption climate was in flux at the time, so the Hoffmans eventually put their hopes in adopting a child from Ethiopia instead.
“Our desire was to have a family, and this is how God decided to give it to us,” says Laura, who was told by her doctor that pregnancy would be difficult for her. The Hoffmans were matched with an Ethiopian newborn named Brighton Asher in November 2007.
A Hope in Brighton
“It all happened quickly,” says Laura. “We planned a baby shower and got his room ready. We were excited parents expecting our first baby.” In December, the Hoffmans learned Brighton had become seriously ill and spent nine days in an Ethiopian hospital. Shortly after he was released and returned to the orphanage, he passed away in January 2008. He was 76 days old.
“If he had better nutrition, he most likely would have developed a much stronger immune system and been able to battle diarrhea, pneumonia and the other sicknesses he had,” says Laura. The Hoffmans were devastated but determined to have a family, so they pursued another Ethiopian adoption. A few days later, the agency sent them a photo of a girl named Meron who was born within weeks of Brighton. Tymm and Laura brought Meron to her new home in Atlanta in summer 2008.