By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
When she was born, Brittney Agosto weighed four pounds and was addicted to cocaine. Doctors could not guarantee that she would be able to walk, talk or think.
Despite all of this, Agosto said she has been blessed. Agosto’s stepmother, Linda, who adopted her at the age of 2, said she believed the doctors were wrong, and this was not the way God intended Brittney to be.
When she was a baby, Brittney was prayed for by Ivan Tait, the founder of an orphanage in Guatemala, who made a visit to the Agostos’ home church in Liberal.
“He was a guest speaker from Wichita,” Linda said. “We’d never met him before. He called up people to pray for. He prayed over Brittney.”
Linda said Tait did not know about what the doctors said about Brittney’s condition.
“He said she was going to be an intelligent child, that she would do great exploits for the kingdom and someday that she would be going to the mission field,” she said. “That was just when she was a newborn baby about two or three weeks old.”
In June, Brittney, now 16, will be traveling to Guatemala to do mission work in Tait’s orphanage, and Linda said when Tait had prayed for Brittney, she had no idea that he was the founder of the orphanage.
“We found out he was the same man who had the orphanage down in Guatemala that she was going to,” she said. “It’s like a divine appointment that God made 16 years ago.”
Brittney came to Linda and her family when she was 2 weeks old.
“She came to me first, but she was so sick and needed so much care,” Linda said. “We had just adopted two other kids, so she went to Grandma Dolly’s for foster care. It took two years to actually adopt her. I adopted her on April 5, 1996, when she was 2.”
Brittney said at the orphanage, she will be doing many things in her mission work.
“Spending time with the kids, doing activities with them, helping out in the orphanage, feeding and rocking the babies,” she said.
Brittney said she has been looking to do mission work for some time.
“I really wanted to go to Haiti, but we researched, and you had to be 20,” she said. “I couldn’t go to that.”
Brittney had also inquired about a missions program through Church For All Nations, where she is now a member, which allowed church interns to go to India.
“I wanted to go then, but it was too dangerous for younger kids to go, so they didn’t let anybody go under the age of 18,” she said.
CFAN later decided to have a youth trip in Guatemala, and when Brittney found out about it, she was ready to go.
CFAN has four campuses, two in Colorado Springs, one in Littleton, Colo., and one in Liberal, and Linda said interns from the church’s Discover program are going, along with youth from the Powers campus in Colorado Spring, but Brittney will be the only youth from Liberal on the trip.
In order to make the trip, however, Brittney must raise some money, as the cost of the trip is $1,500. She said she is doing all she can to raise the money, but she knows she cannot do it on her own.
“My heart really goes out to these kids, and I want to do all I can to help them,” she said.
To help with the cost, Linda said there will be some fundraisers throughout the community, including a yard sale at CFAN on Friday and Saturday.
“Brittney’s actually going to do babysitting too,” Linda said. “We’re sending out letters to friends and families for donations.”
Money can be sent to CFAN by mail to P.O. Box 1922, Liberal, KS 67901, dropped off at the church’s location at 623 N. Grant or by calling 624-3952.