We always love catching up with AGAPE adoptees to see how they’ve grown and changed over the years. We recently spoke with Jacob Spurlock and Steven Goddard who both graduated from high school this spring.
Jacob Spurlock recently graduated from Aaron Academy. His favorite subject during high school was auto mechanics class. Jacob and his family attend Coopertown Church of Christ, where he participated in the youth group and developed many friendships. He also attended area-wide devos where youth from several churches would get together regularly for meals and devotionals.
Jacob plans to become an electrician and is currently working for Simino Electric, learning and developing the skills of the trade. When asked about his experience growing up with his adoptive family, Jacob says it felt normal, just like a regular family. He really enjoyed being part of a permanent family, especially with his sister and three brothers, who were all adopted into the same home.
When asked what he might tell a family who is considering adoption, Jacob would say that adopting a child (or children) is a great idea because no one would want to grow up moving from foster home to foster home. Having a place and a family of their own makes all the difference.
Steven Goddard graduated from Wilson Central High School this May. He did well in school and took several difficult courses to help him prepare for college, as well as participating in the Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) program. Steven and his family attend Mt. Juliet Church of Christ. He says his parents have taught him valuable life skills—such as budgeting, financial management and how to pay bills—so he would be ready to someday live independently.
This summer, Steven is working at Lowe’s as he prepares to attend Cumberland University in the fall to major in U.S. History. For his career, Steven sees himself becoming a high school history teacher and possibly a college professor one day. Steven says that living with his adoptive family has been a great experience. Growing up, he knew he was adopted, but it wasn’t a big deal to him. He just felt like a child who was part of their family and was treated no differently than the other children, grandchildren and cousins. He considers them to be his family. His favorite childhood activities were their yearly trips to the beach with extended family. When asked what he’d say to children being adopted, Steven would explain to them that being adopted would be a different experience, maybe even in a family of a different ethnicity, but that the family wants you and is there to take care of you.
We are so proud of Jacob and Steven’s accomplishments! We pray the Lord will continue to bless them in their work.