Brazilian named Dimas Aliprandi always wondered why he
had blonde hair and blue eyes while his sisters had
dark hair and eyes. His suspicions grew when, at age
14, he saw a news report about babies getting switched
at birth at the hospital. He asked his father about a
DNA test, but was told it was too expensive. In
December 2008, at age 24, he decided to pay for one
himself. The results? He was not the birth son of the
man and woman who raised him.
shocked parents at first refused to believe it, but
eventually decided to help him look for his biological
parents. The search began at Madre Regina Protmann
Hospital, where he was born. The hospital searched
its records and found that Elton Plaster had been born
there the same day.
Dimas found Elton Plaster on a 35-acre coffee and
vegetable farm, where he lived and worked with his
parents. The Plasters agreed to the DNA tests. The
findings: the two boys had been switched at birth.
could have been a traumatic situation turned out to be
a blessing to both families. Dimas and his parents
accepted an offer from the Plasters to move to their
farm, where they built a home. Now they live and work
on the farm together. Both of the young men feel
blessed by the new circumstances. The discovery that
they had been switched at birth “sparked a desire” to
join their families together.
Adelson Plaster told Globo TV, “This is the way it
should be! We are ALL TOGETHER and I now
have TWO sons living and
working here.” *
It is God’s desire
that each and every person born into the world also be
born of “water and the Spirit” into ONE family,
to become one of His children (John 3:5).
But our sins separate us from God..... (see Isaiah
But because of His great love for us, God gave Jesus
His Son to die on the cross for our sins (1 Peter
1:24). Through His atoning sacrifice, we may have
forgiveness of our sins and become part of the
Family of God - the Church (Eph 1:7; Acts
does not matter as to the color of one’s hair, one’s
eyes, or one’s skin, “whosoever will” may be joined
TOGETHER in God’s “forever” family
– the family for which Christ will come one day and
take home to heaven (see 1 Corinthians 15:24).
YOU can be a part of God’s family if you will accept
His invitation through your trusting obedience:
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from your
Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
(immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins
(Acts 2:38). THEN you will be added to God’s family,
TOGETHER with ALL those who have
submitted to His will.
David A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* Reference: Stan Lehman, Associated
Press, “Brazilian men swapped at birth work, live
together,” hosted.ap.org (7/31/10), in
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