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  • Mariatu Baker, a member of the Hamburg Monarchs, was adopted by David and Patricia Baker in July 2003. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.
Baker battles through war-torn Sierra Leone
Date: 2014-08-15
• This is the first of a three-part series featuring Sierra Leone-native and Hamburg Monarchs player Mariatu Baker.A friend of David Baker’s came to a service at church one day in the early 2000s with thrilling news to tell to his fellow members. He was anxious to tell everyone about the latest addition to his family.The church member had recently adopted a child from Sierra Leone. His family could not be happier with its decision, not just because it had chosen to care for a child, but it also felt a sense of fulfillment and gratification for helping out an innocent child from Sierra Leone that was in dire need of support during the middle of a war.Already a biological parent of two children – a girl named Katie and a boy named Jordan – with his wife, Patricia, David Baker could not help but be charmed by his fellow church members’ courageous efforts to save that child’s life. So he and his wife decided to look into adopting some children from the war-ridden country and give them an opportunity...
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