Elizabeth and Faith Christophel
Faith Christophel and her husband, Steve, felt called by God in 1996 to foster and adopt their 16 children from across the country. With their adult daughter Elizabeth, the couple has provided a nurturing place for kids with violent pasts or who struggle with mental and behavioral disabilities. A menagerie inhabits Whispering Winds Ranch, but “the main crop the three of us raise is children,” Faith says. “We wanted them to have a place where they could learn to work hard, be self-sustaining, find peace and make happy memories.” Since writing the diary, Elizabeth has married, but she still finds time to visit often. “My husband, Chris, fits right in with my crazy crew,” she says.