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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Former Marines Dustin and Andrea Bestul say spending a lot of time overseas in third world countries exposed them to the idea of adopting.

The family of eight adopted three kids from Ethiopia a few years back. Now, they are in the process of adopting four girls and three boys from the Philippines. That’s the same spot Super Typhoon Haiyan blew through early Friday morning.

“Those were our children sitting there going through 200 plus mile-per-hour winds,” said father Dustin Bestul. “So obviously we were up late last night thinking about them and praying for them.”

With sustained winds near 200 miles-per-hour, Haiyan could be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall anywhere in the world in recorded history.

“You’re nervous because your kids could be in potential harms way,” said mother Andrea Bestul. “What makes it worse is that we can’t do anything about it. We aren’t even there to give them a hug and to make sure they are safe.”

The family relied on God to protect their kids.

“You know, there were a lot of people praying for them,” said Dustin. “We understand what the scripture tells us. We just had complete trust and confidence that they would be protected and spared and they were.”

All seven children are safe and should arrive in America in the next few months.

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