Almost Gone: Twenty-five Days And One Chance To Save Our Daughter

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The harrowing true story of a high-school senior, her parents, her secret online relationship with a handsome, manipulative stranger, and her well-laid plan to leave home and country to marry a man in Kosovo she thought she loved.

The Baldwins were a strong, tight-knit family living in Texas. When their seventeen-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, met Aadam in an online chat room, she fell for his good looks, his charm, and his respectful conversation. He lived in Kosovo, and they began talking regularly. The more attached Mackenzie became to Aadam, the more detached she became from her family.

Mackenzie’s parents, John and Stephanie Baldwin, had no clue there was a man behind their daughter’s sudden change in personality, her surprising interest in Islam, and her withdrawal from friends and family. When Mackenzie’s attachment to Aadam increased and they became “engaged,” Mackenzie started making plans to fly secretly to Kosovo and marry Aadam.

But twenty-five days before Mackenzie was scheduled to leave the country, three friends in whom Mackenzie had confided told Mackenzie’s father. Through the help of their pastor, John Baldwin contacted the FBI and asked for help. The FBI did not believe Aadam was involved with ISIS or that he was trying to radicalize her, but they were concerned about Aadam’s intentions, as that part of Kosovo was known for sex-trafficking and money scams. With just 72 hours left before Mackenzie’s planned departure, three FBI agents confronted her and urged her to stay.

Told from the viewpoint of both father and daughter, Almost Gone allows us to walk with this family through Mackenzie’s network of lies and deceit and John and Stephanie’s escalating bewilderment and alarm. More than a cautionary tale, this is the story of unconditional parental love and unwavering faith, and how God helped a family save their daughter from a relationship that jeopardized not only her happiness, but also her safety.


  • AlmostGone 01 Open

    Duration: 32s
  • AlmostGone 02 Introduction

    Duration: 07min
  • AlmostGone 03 Chapter1

    Duration: 15min
  • AlmostGone 04 Chapter2

    Duration: 18min
  • AlmostGone 05 Chapter3

    Duration: 14min
  • AlmostGone 06 Chapter4

    Duration: 07min
  • AlmostGone 07 Chapter5

    Duration: 10min
  • AlmostGone 08 Chapter6

    Duration: 06min
  • AlmostGone 09 Chapter7

    Duration: 11min
  • AlmostGone 10 Chapter8

    Duration: 14min
  • AlmostGone 11 Chapter9

    Duration: 16min
  • AlmostGone 12 Chapter10

    Duration: 12min
  • AlmostGone 13 Chapter11

    Duration: 12min
  • AlmostGone 14 Chapter12

    Duration: 14min
  • AlmostGone 15 Chapter13

    Duration: 14min
  • AlmostGone 16 Chapter14

    Duration: 17min
  • AlmostGone 17 Chapter15

    Duration: 15min
  • AlmostGone 18 Chapter16

    Duration: 15min
  • AlmostGone 19 Chapter17

    Duration: 12min
  • AlmostGone 20 Chapter18

    Duration: 14min
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