An embattled family only just returned from a two-year legal fight over the death of their daughter in Qatar received a standing ovation at a church service in their native Pasadena Sunday.
After he and his family received a standing ovation at the Lake Avenue Church's morning service, Matthew Huang spoke about how faith helped he and his wife, Grace, through the court case. The parents were accused of killing their 8-year-old adopted daughter, Gloria.
"The situation the past two years has been extremely difficult," he said. "It's taught us a lot about patience and trusting God."
While they were living in Qatar in 2013, Gloria died from what the family says was an eating disorder. Qatari officials accused them of starving the girl, leading to a two-year saga that finally ended Wednesday, when they were allowed to leave the country.
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The church allowed media into the worship service and released a statement to their members.
"It is the desire of their hearts to be with their church family and we welcome them home," the statement said.
The Huangs were not expected to speak to the media.