Adoption, Redemption, Identity: The Story Behind ‘Whose Am I?

In this episode of the Defender podcast, we share an interview with children’s book authors Jackie Darby and Aixa de López, creators of “Whose Am I? /¿De quién soy?” In this heartwarming episode, the authors share insights into their collaborative work, a captivating narrative that delves into adoption, redemption, and the quest for identity in Christ. The book introduces us to Darly, a pre-adolescent girl navigating the complexities of her adoption story, and Jackie, her mentor and friend with a powerful testimony. Jackie’s journey from being abandoned in a dump to finding a loving family unfolds, offering a touching exploration of the adoption experience. “Whose Am I?” is a must-read for adoptive or foster children, parents in similar situations, those hoping to adopt, and children seeking to understand the nuances of adoption. Join us for a discussion on this impactful book that provides a platform for difficult yet essential family conversations.


Aixa de López is a graphic designer, writer, and speaker. She is wife of Alex and mother of four children, two of whom came through the miracle of adoption. She is a spokesperson for the Christian Alliance for Orphans in Latin America and a board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

In 1963, Jackie Darby was a newborn abandoned in the garbage dump of Seoul, Korea, until one day a missionary nurse found her. Today she is a mother of two adult children, and a full-time missionary with her husband of 35 years, Randall. Together they founded the ministry Start with One Global in Guatemala, where they focus on encouraging and training leaders in various ways to generate auto sustainable resources so they’re able to impact their communities with the Gospel.


Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


Dr. Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children’s Services.


We wanted to highlight a new resource for families that helps open up conversation about our identity in Christ. Whose Am I? is a bilingual (Spanish/English) children’s book that shares true life experiences about adoption, redemption, and finding our identity in Christ. Because it is written for children and parents together, this book provides opportunities to discuss difficult topics, such as abandonment and identity.

We believe this book could be an excellent resource for any foster or adoptive families as well as those who would like more insight into helping others find their identity in Christ. Visit our Amazon store at to purchase a book for yourself or more as gifts. 


The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 


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