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Extraordinary People: Family of eight ditches city for country life, prepares to grow by 7

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) -- Goats, chickens and even “Riblet” the pig. This is life on "Faith Grown Farm." With six kids to raise, Dustin and Andrea Bestul are aiming to become completely self-sustaining.

"We have started doing our laundry on the line and if it's not good weather, we hang it up in our house," Andrea said. "By doing that, we save 50 dollars a month."

You won't find these kids glued to a cell phone or television. They keep busy with things like wood-working, cleaning eggs to sell at the market and even harvesting their own honey for soap and chapstick.

"We love being out here and having room for our kids to run and play and just being closer to nature," Andrea said.

But their country life isn't the only thing that makes them stand out. Dustin and Andrea, both former active-duty Marines, say their Christian faith compelled them to adopt three kids from Ethiopia.

"We had the big, beautiful house. We had the pool. We had the picket fence," Dustin said. "We had everything that we thought that would make us happy, but something was missing."

Now, they're in the process of adopting seven siblings from the Philippines. They are raising funds to make it happen.

"Part of us is missing right now with them being in the Philippines still. They’re our children," Dustin said.

For now, all they have to hold onto are pictures with the hopes of one day holding their seven adopted kids in their arms.

To learn more about how you can donate to the Bestuls' adoption efforts, you can visit www.thebestulfamily.blogspot.com.

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Awesome!

First, I commend WWAY for having such an uplifting story and sharing it with us. As an adoptive parent, I would like to respond to the person who mentioned finances. I hate to even compare redeeming the life of a child/children to a car but this is the best comparison I have. How often is someone able to buy a brand new car without taking out a loan? Most often, people take out a loan and responsibly pay their monthly payments. Did you know there are not adoption loans at the bank, as there are car loans? Doesn't this seem absurd? We can buy cars for $30,000 and the bank will give us a loan but they won't give a loan for saving a child's life? To continue this comparison, what is the end value of a vehicle? $0. What is the end value of a child? $Priceless. This family seems extremely responsible with their money and children. I am certain they are able to provide for their children and their daily needs. Coming up with $100,000 in 8 months for an adoption is NOT the same as providing monthly care. They aren't fundraising to pay for the needs of the children when they arrive home. They would never be approved for a Homestudy if they were unable to provide basic necessities. They are fundraising for the lawyer costs, paperwork costs, adoption costs, and travel for 9 people, etc.

nice

There are loads of unwanted children in the USA btw.

Domestic or International?

There definitely is a need for children to be adopted domestically as well as every child deserves a family. If you are interested in knowing why our family chose to adopt internationally rather than domestically, I have written a post on our blog about why.

Commendable, Yet...

While I commend any family who makes the decision to adopt as opposed to having their own offspring, I would question a family who needs to "raise funds" to do this. Are they going to be able to support their children? Are they going to be able to put them through college and make them productive, contributing members of society?

Again, I really do commend this family and anyone who adopts but this seems almost like a reality tv show waiting to happen?

The family is merely trying

The family is merely trying to get the funding for all the initial costs such as lawyer fees, plane tickets, etc. They are very responsible with their money and very frugal, but after wanting to adopt one child from this family and finding out there were 7 siblings they chose not to separate the children.

New Family

Family is wonderful would you adopt me as a part time grandmother?May God continue to bless you.

Strange Comment

If "god" were actually blessing them, why would they need to beg for money from strangers to raise children they have taken in? Just saying...

re: strange comment

I didn't see anywhere where the family was "begging" for money from strangers. I didn't even hear them ask for money. It said they were fundraising for their current adoption, but that is not for children already in their home; it is for the adoption they are still in the process of.

Unfortunately, the cost of adoption is high, but the price of ignorance and indifference is higher.

Also, God can use people to bless others. I know I have been blessed by many people in my life, and I know that God has used those people to bless me.

Fundraising

Fundraising and begging are as different as working versus stealing. This family is finding creative ways to cut costs and going extra lengths to make extra money - they are not going door to door with their plea. Nor are they holding a sign or soliciting strangers in a parking lot. I sure hope the majority of the audience is intelligent enough to see the difference...