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05/31/2013 12:46 pm ET | Updated Jun 03, 2013

45 Liberian Orphans Adopted By One North Carolina Community (VIDEO)

Ever wonder how a single act of kindness can prompt a domino effect of others? Meet Lysa Terkeurst, a mom of three girls, whose decision to adopt two members of a boys choir from war-torn Liberia has prompted several other families from her North Carolina community to do the same.

“These 12 beautiful boys from the other side of the world got up and started to sing from the depth of their soul, just the most beautiful music,” Terkeurst who lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, told TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager. “I was very challenged by the reality that these boys who had been singing and smiling and just had such joy in their life, that they had nothing.”

In the 10 years since Terkeurst's decision to adopt two of the boys -- Mark, who was 13 at the time and Jackson, who was 14 and had lived in an orphanage since the age of six after his parents were murdered -- 45 other children have been adopted from the same orphanage, including fellow members of the boys choir that originally stole Terkeurst's heart.

Watch more of this heartwarming adoption story, plus Jackson's thoughts on how his life has changed over the last 10 years in the video above.

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