Posted: Feb 28, 2013 5:28 PM by Drew Trafton - MTN News
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 10:19 AM
BOZEMAN - When Silas Hopkins hit the mat at the state wrestling tournament Friday, the Bozeman junior knew where he could find his family. Not because they're the loudest, but simply, because there's just so many of them.
Mom and dad, Brian and Danna, started out with four biological children before they adopted four more children internationally. But this story isn't over yet. They plan to adopt four sisters from Congo, making for a grand total of 12 kids.
With all 10 of the stateside family members present for Silas, the popular analogy of a team, being like a family, springs to life. Only this time, it's a family that's like a team.
For instance, they have fans.
And just like a team, it'll take hard work to put it all together. In fact, to bring the four sisters home to Bozeman, it will cost the family $60,000. The family has a blog where a meter displays their progress toward the goal. Their fans are helping pitch in, because it's a mission they believe the Hopkins family can accomplish, one which is already doing good in the Bozeman community.
Brian, the pastor at Journey Church in Bozeman, says his family is just one of 20 in the church to open up to adoption since the family brought home their children. And that's the point, to become a conduit to a greater love, a team love, a family love.
So, when the Hopkins found out the four sisters from the Congo would likely be split up if a family couldn't take them all on at once they didn't even need to call a timeout.
Pastor Hopkins said they've filed the paperwork for the four sisters and it could take 6 months to a year to get them here.
Here's the family's blog if you want to learn more and contribute: