GAINSEVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- An adoption agency had only hours to find a parent willing to take an unborn baby with down syndrome.
The unidentified mother had made the decision to abort her baby if the agency couldn't come through.
A Gainesville catholic church stepped-in wanting to help bring the unwanted baby into the world.
Father Thomas Vander Woulde, Holy Trinity Catholic Church said, "Sunday night, I had a chat with a couple involved in the adoption process."
Father Thomas Vander Woulde is used to getting requests for prayers, but this one was out of the ordinary.
Vander Woulde said, "They told the adoption agency, if you can provide us with some parents, an adoption, if not we're going to abort the baby."
The nearly 6-month pregnant, unidentified mother gave the adoption agency 24-hours to find a suitable parent or she would terminate the pregnancy. She lives in a state where late-term abortion is illegal.
Without ever meeting the couple or even talking to them, he knew he had to help the unborn and unwanted baby. He put his faith in parishioner Geraldine Erikson. She took the plea to social media and prayed.
"The next morning I put it on Facebook at 7am."
She wrote: 'There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Downs Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. we are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.'
The church would have no idea how their prayers would be answered once they opened the doors to Holy Trinity, Monday morning, just two hours after Geradine went on Facebook.
Eriksonm said, "When they turned on the phones it started and didn't stop all day."
Seminarian David Dufresne took calls from around the world.
"England, Puerto Rico, Netherlands amazing. It wouldn't stop."
More than one thousand calls and emails poured in.
Dufresne said, "Ones that stick in my mind, 'it's the answer to our prayers we really want to adopt this baby.'"
Some of those who responded, even had children of their own with down syndrome all wanting to be a parent to this unborn baby with special needs.
"9 out of 10 never see the light of day."
With those grim statistics Father Vander Woude's message is that people are out there willing and able to take-in the unwanted babies.
"It's a great testament to the goodness of humanity. This unborn baby even though it will have some struggles has a purpose"
The adoption agency has narrowed the field to three families.