A young man gave his daughter up for adoption more than 24 years ago because he was struggling with alcohol addiction—and life. After mending his ways and now working for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, he longed to find his lost little girl. Little did he know just how nearby she really was.
Will Russell put his daughter, Amy Roberson, up for adoption more than two decades ago in the hopes of giving her a chance at a better life than the one he could provide. Then he decided to get his life straightened out and began to volunteer at the Rescue Mission, a decision that eventually led to a full-time position and a stable life.
However, Will had all along been thinking of his long-lost daughter, hoping that she would enter his life again. Little did he know that Amy felt the same way.
Having known that she had been adopted as a baby, Amy had wanted to meet her birth parents. One day, she decided to seek out her biological father and managed to find one of her siblings online. When she finally got Will’s phone number, she called him.
“It took a lot for me to make that phone call,” she said. “I was really nervous, but it was definitely something I felt like I needed to do.”
Recalling their first conversation, Will told Fox10 News, “For me to hear on the other end and she said ‘Please say something … my heart’s beating through my chest…’ The only thing I could tell her was everything’s going to be okay… everything’s going to be all right.
“I had been praying that she would come into my life, and receiving that phone call was as if God said, ‘I heard you,’”
Yet, as it turned out, the father and daughter had been closer than they realized.
When they got together for breakfast the next day, Will told Amy about his struggle with substance abuse and about how he started working for the Rescue Mission.
That was when she stunned him by sharing how she had been volunteering at the same mission. For months they had been working at the same place without even knowing it. How fortuitous that they had also been thinking of finding each other at the same time!
“When I first began volunteering at the mission, I instantly felt like I needed to be there,” Amy said.
Will added, “I felt the same way.”
Yet, as they had been working in different parts of the mission, they did not have a chance to meet each other, Fox10 reported.
“God has perfect timing,” added Amy.