There are an estimated 20 million orphans in the country of India. Thanks to Kelly and Scott Parkison, that number has decreased by one. Having promised to never return to India after her experience on the reality show The Amazing Race, Kelly never dreamed she would one day be a mother to a beautiful Indian girl named Lyla. This is the amazing and true story of how God uses the most unlikely circumstances for His greater purpose.
Calling the Parkison’s adoption story a rollercoaster ride of emotion would be an understatement. After almost every major decision in the Parkison’s adoption process, God put a twist in their carefully laid plans only to lead them to greater opportunities. Faced with an overwhelming amount of fundraising, mountains of adoption paperwork, an unexpected pregnancy, a medical issue to patch with their new daughter, and the adjustment of bringing their child into a new culture, the Parkisons clung to God through their whirlwind adoption of Lyla. Their heartwarming story is a beautiful testament to the gift of adoption on this earth and the love of God for all of us as His children.
Orphan care is warfare. Whether you set out to adopt children, or care for orphans in a variety of other God-reflecting ways, you will face obstacles and opposition. But it’s worth it. The Parkison’s story of adoption highlights the real trials and the deep joys of sacrificial love. It also magnifies the grace of God needed for such an endeavor, and the grace that God has shown us, as His adopted children. Read and be edified!
—Tony Merida, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC, Co-Author of Orphanology
Our hearts must be open to the Lord, His mission, and what He might have us do. In He Knows Her Name, Kelly Parkison reminds us to “never say never,” and to trust the Lord’s work in our hearts and minds.
—Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
Kelly McCorkle Parkison’s heart for adoption and helping orphans is not only admirable, it’s contagious! As an adoptive father myself, I can relate to the emotional roller coaster the adoption process can be. I was deeply moved by Kelly’s journey of faith and encouraged by her resolve to triumph over every obstacle. He Knows Her Name is a transparent and honest look into the heart of a sold-out believer seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the least of these.
—Kyle Sherman, KyleShermanMusic.Com
May I commend to you this precious story of perseverance, compassion, and honesty in the context of this adoption story. Having known Scott and Kelly for years, I commend to you their testimony, this story, and their walk in the Lord. It will bless you as it did me.
—Frank Page, President and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention
Kelly Parkison tells a compelling and courageous story . . . her own. While the will of God takes some people around the world, it was during a nationally televised trip around the world that this remarkable lady found the will of God.
During Kelly’s journey God allowed her to see a sea of people without Him and without hope. It broke her heart. And then the Lord reshaped that heart into the heart of a missionary. And that heart would become the heart of a mom . . . an adoptive mom.
The personal and transparent way it is written makes this the best book I’ve ever read on adoption. The journey that Kelly and her Pastor-Husband Scott take leads them to adopt a beautiful little girl. HE KNOWS HER NAME . . . and soon, you will also.
—Dr. Randy C. Davis, President and Executive Director, Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention
As an adoptive mom myself, I was completely drawn in from the first sentence. This beautiful story is an amazing one of God’s perfect timing and complete sovereignty when His children listen to His call. Kelly’s story is so moving, and one told so anyone choosing to adopt could certainly follow the process. Many times as I read, I felt myself being transported back to the six adoption trips we have made. Each one with its own harsh realities and great blessings. Thank you Kelly for sharing your heart, your testimony, your family, and your adoption journey. We are more blessed because of your willingness to write and allow us to read. Hoping many orphans find their forever family because someone hears God’s call on them as well.
—Sharon M. Ankerich, Everythingbeautifulshay.blogspot.com and Growingwholehearts.blogspot.com
Kelly is a woman of faith. She travels daily the path that God has shown her. She is a blessing in my life and this book will be a blessing to you.
—Rep. Rita Allison, South Carolina House of Representatives
Gracing the stage of the Miss America Pageant and competing on The Amazing Race both pale in comparison to the adventure that my friend Kelly Parkison has been on in recent years. In He Knows Her Name, this pastor’s wife and mother of five takes us along with her to the land of India as well as the depth of her soul to remind us that we don’t have to be on a mission trip or adopt a child to be used by God. We just need to be available and obedient. With a voice that’s refreshingly honest and beautifully transparent, Kelly pulls back the curtain of the journey that awaits those who are obedient to love one more.
—Jennifer Slenk, Revive Our Hearts Ministry Area Ambassador
Kelly McCorkle Parkison’s journey of adopting a beautiful girl from an orphanage in India is powerful and poignant. With transparency and eloquence, He Knows Her Name chronicles this life-changing journey and the spiritual and emotional vicissitudes the Parkisons experience. Because of Kelly’s gifts as a writer, readers can emotionally connect with the longing Kelly felt while waiting to learn whether the adoption would be approved and the euphoria she felt when her daughter first said: “I love you.”
But what elevates this memoir above others is Kelly’s willingness to share the spiritual struggles she experienced and the powerful ways in which God communicated to her through Scripture and circumstance. Anyone who has answered a call to serve God and walk by faith and not by sight will find He Knows Her Name inspiring and edifying. While He Knows Her Name is the beautiful story of Kelly meeting the little girl her family will adopt, it also is the transcendent story of Kelly meeting the God who knows and calls each of us by name.
—Erika Harold, Miss America 2003