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Adopted kids find greatest gift of all
At about 10 a.m. yesterday, once Gerald Scott returned home, 21-year-old Joe Scott passed around the presents."This is always a big day," Gerald Scott said later."It's lots of fun and the snow added to that." The present-opening ritual is the same every year: the youngest child gets to open a present, followed by the second youngest, until all the kids have torn open some wrapping.This year, 2-year-old Eddie, sitting on his father's lap, got to go first.Then came Matthew.Soon, the house was filled with toy trucks, planes, helicopters and sleds.Each child got a sled, Scott said. Jessica, 23, who came to the Scotts from a broken home in Kansas and now lives on her own, remembered one Christmas when she was 4 and she desperately wanted a pony.She opened all her presents that day, but there was no pony.Then her parents took her into the basement where inside a large refrigerator box was ... a pony. Eddie seemed perfectly content yesterday with a toy that had spinning plastic tentacles and flashing colored lights. In the afternoon, the Scotts' three biological children and their kids arrived."We've got 34 kids and grandkids here," said Gerald Scott, who is minister for the Washington Assembly of God Church in Warren County. There was a huge buffet with ham, shrimp, meatballs, cakes and lots of other goodies. It was a joyous time for the devout Scotts, who have plenty of faith but not always resources.In addition to caring for their adopted children, they opened a nonprofit nursery called the Scott House, which offers troubled mothers an alternative to giving away their babies. For those who wish, donations can be made to the Scott House, 33 White Road, Washington, N.J. 07882.Scott said anyone who wants to call and visit the nursery can do so at (908) 689-6999. » Send This Page | » Print This PageCopyright 2002 The Star-Ledger.Used by NJ.com with permission. MORE NEW JERSEY NEWS
House of grace
The doctors told Jeanne and Gerald Scott that the 4 1/2-pound newborn girl would never live a normal life. But Jeanne and Gerald Scott had heard those words before. Deeply devout and spiritual, Gerald, a pastor, and Jeanne Scott rely on friends, strangers, humor and each other to raise their family at a time of life when other people are settling comfortably into retirement. Gerald Scott is the mobilizer and the softie.He tends to the farm, chauffeurs the children and buys the groceries.When Eddie, the 2-year-old baby, flashes his puppy eyes, Gerald Scott melts. He is the dreamer.She is the one who says: "Wait.How are we going to do this?" HOPE AND HELP Their day begins at 5:30 a.m., when he feeds the farm animals and she prepares breakfast for nine.They move at a dizzying clip, shuttling their children to school, hauling them to sports practice, washing clothes, buying food, cooking and bathing. "Daddy adopted you," Gerald Scott says to them."Daddy wanted you." For 20 years, the Scotts have assembled their family like a jigsaw puzzle, drawing children from splintered homes and piecing them together to form one loving family.Some of them came from the foster care system.Others through mothers who called the couple personally. "Of course they do," Gerald Scott said."They're my children." Even though the Scotts are aging, they do not want to slow down. "I don't ever desire to retire," says Gerald Scott."For now, this is what God wants me for." A PLAN FOR EVERYONE Gerald and Jeanne Scott met in northwest Iowa, where they had been born and raised. Gerald Scott's career brought him to Newark and New York City, where he got a glimpse at how drugs and gangs were rotting inner-city neighborhoods. A believer that God has a plan for everyone, Gerald Scott realized after several trips what his calling was.It was to quit his job, join the ministry and move his family to New York. In 1963, when their children were 8, 6 and 3, they moved to Staten Island. Family members in Iowa asked with alarm, "Why are you throwing your life away?" The lanky, 6-foot-tall minister spent long days working at a church in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and befriending gang members. Several months later, Gerald Scott had to take a break because he could not support his family on his salary as a minister.He took a research job with a pharmaceutical company for several years. In 1971, he became a full-time minister for the Washington Assembly of God Church in Warren County.Eight years later, the family moved to a 12-acre farm in Franklin Township to live closer to the church. If Gerald Scott had his way, the couple would adopt at least one more girl.But his wife says that, at their age, they shouldn't take in another baby. At night, when Gerald Scott tucks the two youngest boys, Matthew and Eddie, into bed, he reads a story.Then they say a prayer. "Thank you, Jesus, for these little boys," the father says. Then he kisses them goodnight.
Pastor Gerald Scott and his wife are the parents of thirteen children three natural, (now adults), and ten adopted, between the ages of 1 and 21.For 29 years, Pastor Scott served as pastor of a community church in Washington, NJ.He is also the founder of Good Shepherd Christian Academy in Washington, NJ.Rev. Gerald Scott
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