Abandoned too young to remember, Stephanie wandered the war-torn countryside of Korea. Due to her bi-racial ethnicity she was abused and violated in every way. Finally, she was discarded and left to die in a garbage dump. Stephanie was miraculously rescued by a World Vision nurse and placed in an orphanage.
Around the age of nine a missionary couple met her. Overlooking her physical and emotional state they listened to the voice that spoke to their hearts. David & Judy Merwin, setting aside their desire to adopt a baby, obeyed that voice and adopted Stephanie.
Despite the rich healing love her adoptive parents poured into her, Stephanie’s past tormented her throughout her teens. A deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ enabled her to exchange her pain with Him at the cross and see her identity and purpose in the light of God’s love.
This message, Stephanie has had the privilege to share with anyone who will listen. God has honored her with very diverse audiences. Over the past 30 years her story and teaching has been on TV, radio, in magazines and other people’s books. She recently wrote her first book; She Is Mine. She has been an Advocate for Orphans and Adoptees her whole Christian life, believing there is an orphan in each person without Jesus.
Stephanie and her husband reside in Portland, Oregon surrounded by their children and grandchildren, her childhood dream lived out in reality.