Friday, May 22, 2015
Questions, Prayers, and Gratitude
Ever since we told people that we were going to be hosting this summer, we have been fielding a lot of questions about what exactly hosting is. "Is it just to show them America?" some have asked. No, it's so much more than that.
Our family will be hosting a young girl for 5 weeks this summer. While she is here, we hope to show her not only the love of a family, but, more importantly the love of God. We want her to know that she is, indeed, greatly loved, that she has worth and value, that she is important. For two years we have prayed for her and she has never left our hearts and thoughts.
While she is here, we plan on taking her to the beach and do other fun activities with her. These are all things we take for granted but will have a huge impact on her.
She will arrive with little to nothing, so we will buy her clothes and shoes. We will take her to the dentist and to have her eyes checked. We have already ordered her a Bible in Ukrainian. The money we raise over and above the cost of what it takes to fly her over here will all go to these things. Know that when you donate to our hosting fund that it is not taken lightly by our family, but is a true answer to prayer. If you would like to donate, use the donate button in the upper right hand of our blog (beneath our family photo) and it will take you to a secure Paypal site. All of the money will go towards this young girl. Our family plans on having a huge yard sale on June 6th to also raise money (Thank you to those who have already begun donating items for it).
For those of you who have donated, thank you so much. Our family is grateful for your generosity and kindness.
So why are we hosting?
God has clearly called us to. For us not to act would be like telling Him to shut up.
Why are we doing this?
Because this girl is a precious child of God and we want her to know that.
If you are interested in hosting a child, either during Christmas or next Summer, please go to New Horizons for Children. Here is a link to their site:
Psalm 82:3 tells us, "Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and the oppressed."