Image: Facebook/Bebe Cushworth Casanellas

Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanellas welcomed their first child – a little boy – in May 2015. His mother had given birth in her native El Salvador, before returning home to the United States. However, as she watched her baby grow, she became convinced that he wasn’t hers.

Image: Facebook/Pastora Mercy Casanellas

Cushworth and Casanellas have both known struggles in their lives. For instance, Cushworth had spent some 20 years of his life battling drug addiction, including reliance on alcohol, cocaine and heroin. But he finally turned things around after attending Teen Challenge – a drug rehabilitation program with a Christian focus.

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