Alpharetta Rotary aids family in meeting adopted son
Family hopes to bring adopted son home, need the community’s help
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Nearly 30 years ago, Alpharetta resident Bob Koncerak was driving to work when he suddenly felt grateful for the life he lived.
Koncerak pulled into a strip mall, picked up the pay phone and placed a call to World Vision, a global mission organization.
“Connect me to someone, send me their picture,” he said. And thus, the story begins. While working to better communities, World Vision endeavors to connect each child to a family, as all children are individually sponsored. The Koncerak family was connected with Kobi Molsom, a 3-year-old boy from the Tripura region of India where World Vision was working. In the following years, Koncerak and family watched as Molsom grew from sending crayon pictures to handwritten letters, all while World Vision was bringing fresh water, agriculture and farm animals to the community.
World Vision also built a school in the village where Molsom lived. After finishing school, the Konceraks helped Molsom attend college in Agartla, the closest college to his village. Koncerak works in finance, which inspired Kobi to take a position as a microlender, providing loans to families in the Tripura region.
“Kobi had never asked for anything, not a cent,” Koncerak said.
And while Molsom never asked for anything, one day he wrote to Koncerak telling him he needed prayers because he had been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Concerned, Koncerak endeavored to wire Molsom some money to receive treatment. “The World Vision had moved out of the Tripura region at this point. It was difficult to find a way to wire Kobi the money, but thank God we figured it out,” Koncerak said.
The family heard nothing from Molsom for eight months. Then, they received word Molsom was cured.
Since then, Molsom and his adoptive family have been able to talk via both phone and FaceTime, which Koncerak said is “emotional.” Koncerak has long wondered if he would ever meet his adoptive son of nearly 30 years, and with a little help from the Alpharetta Rotary, he has a chance.
When Koncerak joined the Alpharetta Rotary, he had no idea the impact the organization would have on his family.
President-elect of the Alpharetta Rotary chapter Scott Doll said Koncerak should inquire about getting Molsom to the 2017 International Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Since then, Koncerak has been able to make arrangements with a Rotary chapter in India to have Molsom accompany its delegate, Prakash Gupta, to the Atlanta convention.
At the convention, Koncerak hopes to connect Molsom with fellow microlenders, because microlending is a Rotary Global Initiative. “Ultimately, I want Kobi to be better connected in microlending at home,” Koncerak said.
After serving for so many years, the Konceraks need help. Flying from India to Atlanta does not come without a price. In addition to the long plane ride, Molsom will have to travel more than 1,000 miles for his visa interview, and another 1,000 miles to fly out of New Delhi. The Konceraks plan to cover these expenses and more, but they need the community’s help. Koncerak will hold a reception for all who donate when Molsom visits. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/kobi-molsom-agartla-to-atlanta.