The Outside World She Found Her Long-Lost Dad Right Under Her Nose Published 9 months ago on Jun 3, 2018 By Michael Berdy It’s the question that many adopted children ask: who are my birth parents? Is there any way that I can find them? More than anything else — if I do find them, how will they receive me? These questions hung over Arizona native Amy Roberson’s head, compelling her to search. Piece by piece, Amy tracked down the missing links to the people who had brought her into the world. What she ended up finding was so much more incredible than she could have ever expected. As it turned out, the man who was her biological father was practically at her fingertips — and she’d had no idea whatsoever. Read on for a truly amazing story that will leave you in tears. 1. Andrew Hands trembling, the young woman could barely believe that her fingers were able to act faster than her brain. She dialed a number that she’d worked so hard to acquire, filled with hope. A man answered. Breathlessly, she asked for the name she’d been given. “Andrew?” Daily Buzz Everything hinged on this fragile moment. This was the last missing fragment of the puzzle she had wanted to complete all her life. If she had succeeded in her search, the man on the other line was her father. But she was met with deafening, paralyzing silence. 2. Ensnared By Addiction Twenty-four years before, a young Arizona man named Will Russell was fighting to regain some semblance of control over his life. Barely in his twenties, his path was anything but straight and well-defined. Caught in a downward spiral, he had fallen prey to a slew of addictions. South_agency/iStock As Will’s struggle with alcohol abuse intensified, a new situation arose that would change everything. His girlfriend was now pregnant with his child. Despite the fog of his substance dependency, a sad realization arose. He was keenly aware that he was in no way prepared to be a father. 3. The Hardest Choice A baby girl was born. Will and his girlfriend immediately made a heart-wrenching decision, knowing well that it was the best thing that they could possibly do to give their daughter a better shot at a happy life. They surrendered the newborn for adoption. Parent24 But this baby had luck on her side. Just fifteen hours after coming into the world, she was adopted by a loving childless couple. Now brought into a safe, nurturing environment, she was given the name Amy Roberson. And as she grew, so did her questions. 4. A Perceptive Toddler Amy Roberson’s self-awareness began to blossom around the age of three. She noticed that her skin color was different from that of her parents. What’s more, the other children at her nursery school had also made the connection, and asked her about it. She didn’t know how to respond. Huffington Post Perplexed, the little girl went to her mother with a big question: why are you and dad white, but I’m black? Her mother was perfectly prepared. She had been waiting for this moment, and with a smile, told her daughter that she was adopted. 5. Adopted Patiently, Amy Roberson’s adoptive mom continued to explain to her precocious young daughter more details about her past and her identity. She told her that her birth mother was Mexican-American, and her birth father was black. Her adoptive parents still knew her birth mother’s real name. Huffington Post What’s more, in her household, Amy was an only child. But from the little that her adoptive mom knew about her background, she revealed to her that somewhere out there, Amy had several older brothers. As she grew up, the mystery surrounding all these figures only increased. 6. Valley Of The Sun Like many adopted children, Amy Roberson felt there was a blank space that could only be bridged by finding out the full truth about her biological parents. Yet for all the lingering questions, Amy was far closer to the answers than she could ever have known. David Meek Amy lived near Phoenix, in the city of Avondale. Completely unbeknownst to her, a missing piece of her past lay at the opposite end of the Valley of the Sun, just forty miles away in Chandler, Arizona. His name was Will Russell, and he was a changed man. 7. Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way It had taken Will Russell an incredible amount of determination to shift the course of his path. He had long since left the woman who had given birth to his child, but leaving the tangled grasp of alcohol abuse required giving the fight of his life. ABC15 By 2004, Will had an about face. In his own words, he found Christ. His surrender to faith helped him leave his addictions behind. In 2007, he became a pastor. Things were looking up, but there was still one space in need of light. 8. Internet Investigation At the other end of Maricopa County, Amy Roberson was growing up in the era of social media. She recognized the possibilities at her fingertips. With just a simple search on Facebook, could she locate her biological family? It was worth a shot. tv8.md Amy often entered her original last name on searches, hoping to find someone with a similar name who might even look like her. To her disappointment, she didn’t have any luck finding anyone from her birth family. But her adoptive mom was about to deliver incredible news. 9. The Right Documentation At age 23, Amy Roberson had her life in order. She had two small children of her own, and a steady job to provide for them. Having such stability made her wonder about the circumstances surrounding her own birth. As if to answer, her adoptive mom suddenly made an incredible discovery. numbeos/iStock She uncovered a power of attorney document granting Amy’s birth mom’s sister the right to surrender her for adoption. Reading it, Amy had an epiphany. The reason why she’d never found her birth mom was surely because she’d remarried and changed her name! 10. At Her Fingertips The document that Amy Roberson’s adoptive mom found was just the lead she needed. It gave her aunt’s name, a new tantalizing piece of information that she could use to make headway in her search for her lost family. But most exciting of all, it had an address — and it was only five minutes away! AZ Ignition Repair Amy didn’t hesitate. With this new possibility presenting itself, she didn’t think twice, and raced over to the address listed. In a surreal moment, she knocked on the door. What were the chances that the person on the legal document actually lived in this house after 23 years? 11. Amy’s Aunt Unlikely as it was that the same woman would still be in her home after two decades, it was as though some external force wanted Amy Roberson to be connected to the family she had always searched for. Amazingly, the woman who opened the door for her was indeed her aunt. theblackloop.com Amy’s aunt explained that although she wasn’t in touch with her Amy’s birth mom, she could give her a phone number. It was the sort of discovery Amy could only have dreamed of. The weight of this thrilling moment must have been dizzying. But there was no turning back. 12. The First Half Of The Past With a matter of a few short moments, Amy Roberson made a life-changing breakthrough. Using the number her biological aunt had provided her, she stepped outside. Amy wanted privacy; for the first time, she was going to hear her birth mother’s voice. Kaboompics/Karolina She had no way of knowing how her birth mom would receive the call, like a ghost from far in the past. It could have gone so many ways. But to her joy, not only did her birth mom pick up, she agreed to meet Amy. 13. Solving The Puzzle Meeting her birth mom was a precious experience that Amy had longed for all her life. But it wasn’t exactly the way she had always expected. At the end of the day, the woman was still a stranger, and that’s how it felt. ABC15 At this point, Amy met her birth mother and four half-siblings. Now that this piece of the picture was complete, she had to know the final part of the equation so that the mystery could finally be solved. Who, and where, was Amy’s father? 14. A Former Addict Reaches Out Across the valley, Pastor Will Russell wanted to do more than just preaching. From the experience he’d gathered in his troubled past of addiction and loss, and the lessons he had learned, he was in a position to make a difference beyond the scope of his pulpit. ABC15 Will began specializing in addiction counseling to help others in the Phoenix area who were struggling just like he had. His new endeavor led him to seek out local organizations to expand his ability to help. He had no way of knowing that fate was guiding his steps. 15. Phoenix Rescue Mission Will Russell’s quest to help struggling addicts and those in recovery led him to a local charity called the Phoenix Rescue Mission. A Christian-based society, the rescue mission offered a variety of ways that Will could give back directly to his community. Huffington Post The Mission is a soup kitchen and homeless shelter, but the scope of facilities it offers to the needy are truly impressive. They seek to rehabilitate the homeless and substance abusers through a series of classes on life skills and job preparation courses. Will had found his niche. But he still had no idea what’s to come. 16. Will Volunteers Pastor Will Russell began volunteering at the Phoenix Rescue Mission in April 2012. He started as a humble worker in the kitchen, serving food to those in need. If he had stayed there, he would have discovered an unbelievable coincidence. But he shifted gears. YouTube – DonaldTenn With his background in addiction counseling, Will went to another department at the Mission. He headed a discipleship course, teaching Christian faith and ethics to help people get on their feet. It was the right step to aiding others, but it led him to just barely miss an incredible discovery. 17. The Unbelievable Coincidence Just one month before Will Russell began volunteering at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, another team member had joined: none other than Amy Roberson. In March 2012, Amy started coming to volunteer in the soup kitchen — the exact same place that Will came to. Problem was, he’d changed workdays and departments. Huffington Post The coincidence is nothing short of miraculous. Even the dates are unbelievably close. If Will had stayed in the kitchen, they surely would have met and gotten to know each other. Maybe, just maybe, Amy would have mentioned to him that she was searching for her birth father. 18. Inexplicably Drawn Separately, both Amy and Will described having felt a strange, even mysterious pull to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Their volunteer work quickly took a central focus in their lives. Amy stated that she felt a push to be there as much as possible. Arizona Cardinals For months, the two volunteered in the same building, worked with the same people, made the same work colleagues, and their paths never crossed. But a real-life miracle was about to happen — and against all odds, it happened in the most roundabout way. 19. Two-Way Search Behind the scenes, Amy continued piecing together the clues about her biological family. What she didn’t know is that there was another end to the search. Her birth father, Will, had somehow managed to obtain her name, and wanted to meet the daughter he had given up 24 years before. homelessshelterdirectory.org For half a year after finding Amy’s name, Will began adding a specific prayer about her, wishing that if he himself couldn’t be brought into her life, then at least she might be guided by Christ’s principles. And his prayers, it turned out, were not in vain. 20. The Name Of The Father In July 2012, four months after Amy Roberson had started volunteering at Phoenix Rescue Mission, she got a phone call that would set everything in motion. Her birth mother contacted her, saying her sister knew how to help Amy find her father. She gave a name: Andrew Russell. Curiosilandia It was a step-by-step procedure. After hearing from her biological mom, Amy spoke to her aunt, who in turn provided her with a Facebook link to a man she said was Amy’s half-brother — from her father. She was now closer than she had ever been to reaching him. 21. Amy Reaches Out Unlike the immediacy of the phone call that had brought Amy’s birth mom back into her life, sending a Facebook message to a person who was for all intents and purposes a stranger must have been nerve-wracking. How long would it take for him to respond? Would he reply at all? Google Plus Anxiously waiting, Amy noticed pictures on the Facebook page, with the face of a man who looked a lot like her. To her delight, he not only wrote her back, but he gave her the final detail that she needed. It was the phone number to his and her father. 22. No Time To Hesitate Amy had already managed to gather together the ingredients of her past and had found her biological mom. She had even been able to get in contact with someone directly connected to her biological father himself. There was no time left to lose. PeopleImages/iStock All of her childhood, her questions and longing, all of the years of searching, of failure and disappointment, combined in one breathless moment as she took out her phone, tapped in the digits that her half-brother had sent her on Facebook, and dialed. 23. Father And Daughter He picked up the phone. Amy now had successfully reached the last missing element of her life. Nervous but hopeful, she asked if she could speak with the person whose name her birth mom had provided her: Andrew. She had no idea how he might respond. ntd.tv Taken aback, the man on the phone told her that Andrew was his middle name, and he hadn’t gone by that name in a long time. He told her everyone knew him as Will. Then she said five words that would change their lives: “This is Amy, your daughter.” 24. The Circle Is Completed Amy’s succinct declaration on the phone was met with something she had not prepared herself for: utter silence on the other line. Her heart was pounding in those brief, terrifying moments that must have seemed like an eternity. She broke the tension, pleading: “Say something.” Huffington Post What happened next could not have been more wonderful. Will was barely able to contain his joy. Amy heard the smile in his voice as he calmly reassured her: “It’s going to be okay.” But that was an understatement. It was going to be so much more incredible than that. 25. Making Plans For the rest of their phone conversation, Amy and Will made plans to meet up immediately and have breakfast together the next morning. After all, with 24 years of life to begin to catch up on, what would be the point in delaying a second longer? ABC15 Though Amy had glimpsed her biological father’s face by chance by seeing pictures that her half-brother had posted on his Facebook page, nothing could compare to the anticipation of waiting to see that face in person, and knowing it truly was him. 26. A Most Unusual Reunion That following July morning, the father and daughter reunited for the first time in 24 years, and had their first meal together ever. It was like a dream come to life. However, duty called: Will told Amy he wanted to stay longer, but he had to go volunteer. Intrigued, she asked him where. YouTube – DonaldTenn When he revealed that he volunteered at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Amy was flabbergasted. In shock, she told him that she volunteered there too! This entire time, they had been in the same place, practically right beside each other, without even the slightest inkling of each other’s existence. 27. Brought Together When Amy and Will learned that they had both been volunteering in the same building at the same time, it became instantly apparent how meant to be their reunion truly was. The coincidence was just too extraordinary. By hook or by crook, they were bound to find each other. theblackloop.com Now Amy’s dreams had come true. At long last, she knew the full story of how she had come to be, and every character that had brought her into this world had a face, a name, a personality. But there was one last surprise in store for her. 28. Adoptive Father, Birth Father In the 24 years of turning his life around and creating new beginnings, Pastor Will Russell had built a family he could call his own. He was eager to introduce them to Amy. There was one catch: this was no ordinary family. fridaymagazine.ae Amy had already succeeded in meeting her four half-siblings from her biological mother. And her father had nine other children! For a girl who had grown up an only child, she now had a massive extended family to call her own, and a whole set of people to get to know. 29. Increased Tenfold Amy Roberson said that as a single working mom, the timing of finding her father could not have been better. Now, she had a huge support system. She even moved in for some time with Will, so they could have some time truly getting to know each other. ABC15 The miracles contained within the walls of the Phoenix Rescue Mission stole press headlines almost a year later — just in time for Amy and Will’s first Father’s Day together. But believe it or not, that still wasn’t the final twist. One last miracle was in the works. 30. Illumination Amy Roberson’s world had vastly expanded in the course of a few brief moments. But there was still room for one more. In October 2013, she got married. Where did she meet her husband? Naturally, it had all happened at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Where else? ABC15 The story of Amy Roberson and Will Russell is an incredible message of hope. It shows what happens when we don’t surrender our dreams and keep fighting to discover our truths. Above all, it’s a testament to the endless possibility of real miracles happening in the world. Enjoyed this story? Don’t forget to SHARE it with your friends! 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