Almost Gone


It was clear to the FBI that she was in trouble.

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Originally he was going to come to Dallas. Then he moved it a little further out and suggested we meet in New York. Then it was Switzerland. She can tell you in ten minutes how it went from meeting to moving to Kosovo but the subtlty of it and the timeline—it was just masterful. If I showed up at Kosovo, I probably never would have ever even seen him. We show his photo when we speak. I wanted to write Almost Gone because it was an incredible story. We made a deal to write it and decide later if we wanted to publish it. Once it happened I tried to put it behind me and not think about it.

Then we decided to write a book just for our family. Once we started writing it, bigger names got involved and it was very clear that there is a designated path where this is going. Eventually I stopped worrying about people finding out. After a lot of thinking I decided I was going to own it. I like connecting with people and sharing my story.

Almost Gone

The book has a life of its own. Almost Gone is real.

Everyone has been through something. It really helped us heal. Almost Gone helped us think through that whole year. The writing process drew us closer together. We started speaking at some schools, some churches and rotary clubs and stuff like that. She just—you know, she looks like any other kid out there.

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Almost Gone

See all 2 images. This is the never-before-told, riveting true story about a teenage Christian girl who was seduced online by a charming young Muslim man from Kosovo, and her father who ultimately worked with the FBI to save her from disappearing forever. The Baldwins were a strong Christian family, living in Plano, Texas. When their seventeen-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, met Aadam in a random-match online chat room, she fell for his good looks, his charm, and his respectful conversation. He told her he lived in New York, and they began an online friendship. But over the course of a few months, Aadam revealed that he actually lived in Kosovo and had only pretended to live in New York so Mackenzie would keep chatting with him.

The more attached she became to Aadam, the more detached she became from her family.

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John contacted the FBI, and asked for help. Though the FBI did not believe Aadam was trying to radicalize Mackenzie, they were concerned about his intentions, as that part of Kosovo was known for sex-trafficking, human-trafficking, and citizenship frauds. More than a cautionary tale, this is the incredible story of unconditional parental love, unwavering faith, and how God helped a family save their daughter from a relationship that jeopardized not only her happiness, but also her safety.

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Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter. When their seventeen-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, met Aadam in a random-match online chat room, she fell for his good looks, his charm, and his respectful conversation. John Baldwin is a deacon and has served in many ministries. John Baldwin (Author), Mackenzie Baldwin (Author), Stephanie Baldwin (Introduction) & 1 more. This is the never-before-told, riveting true story about a teenage Christian girl who was seduced online by a charming young Muslim man from Kosovo, and her father who ultimately worked.

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