This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).

4.21.2013

Entertaining Angels and Welcoming Jesus-- What Are You Doing With Your Summer?

   
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."  Hebrews 13:2



      As followers of Jesus, Scott and I understand from his teaching that although not everyone is called to foster or adopt, we are all clearly called to care for orphans.  When we share at church (or with anyone who will listen!) about the Global Orphan Crisis many will say they feel inspired to respond but don't know what to do outside of fostering or adopting.  So I wanted to share a couple of posts that will offer some beautifully impactful ways that anyone can be involved in orphan care.



    First is a way that you can jump right in this summer and open your home for just 4-5 weeks to host an orphan child from either Eastern Europe or China.  Many of these children are getting older and have been passed over so many times for a forever family.  Bringing them into your home for this short time shows them that they are not forgotten by God and that someone out there truly does care.  Can you imagine going your whole life and not really knowing that?   What an incredible way to spend part of your summer, investing in the life of a child!  Who knows-- perhaps someone in your family or circle of friends will meet this child and realize that they can provide them with a permanent home?  One simple month of hosting a child, and you provided just the door God swung open to change the rest of this child's life!



     The sad reality is that most of these children are nearing the age when they will be forced to leave their orphanages.  They will be given a small amount of money and be sent out to live on their own.  What awaits them is this:


Without intervention, upon leaving the orphanage, 60% of girls will end up in prostitution, 70% of boys will be on the streets or in jail, and 15% will commit suicide within the first two years on their own.
YOU can revolutionize the life of an abandoned child.


     This is the reality for children like this beautiful girl...
    


This precious girl only has this last chance to be hosted...
and this is also her last chance for adoption...
{I shudder to think what could become of her after
she ages out if someone doesn't open their heart and home to her.}





    And here are some faces from the recent 
Ch*na hosting program...



   



     For more details you can check out the website for New Horizons for Children here.  I also encourage you to pop over to A Place Called Simplicity where you can see some photos of many of these precious children who are looking for host families this summer.

     New Horizons for Children has extensive experience working with these children and have been very careful in selecting the children that will do well on a trip like this.  There are costs associated with the children's travel, but please don't let this deter you.  If you are considering this, please share with me so that we can help you make it happen!



"Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me"  
                                         Mark 9:37

                                        So... what are you doing with your summer?  
                                                     Planning a beach trip?
                              Why not bring along a child who has never seen the ocean?
                     
What could be more wonderful than "entertaining angels" (Heb.13:2) and "welcoming Jesus" (Mark 9:37)?!
   
     **Oh, and if you decide to take the plunge and open your home, will you let me know how it goes?  Truth is, I've already asked Scott for this as my Christmas present (the winter hosting term), if the Lord opens the door for a new home.  Right now we quite literally have "no room in the inn", but as soon as we do I'm signing up!**
 

4.18.2013

A Family for Brandon

Brandon
Brandon




A fellow adoptive mama sent me this picture a couple of weeks ago, and when I saw it my heart leapt.
This sweet little boy is in the same orphanage Mei was in and we have pictures of her wearing that exact same outfit!
Most every parent who has adopted internationally and been to their child's orphanage will tell you that one of the hardest parts of their trip was walking out of that orphanage and leaving behind so many children who still needed a family.  When we visited Mei's room that day over a year ago, I looked closely at each child.  Then I whispered a prayer that God would allow me to do something more for them... for all the ones forgotten... all the ones left behind.

Friends, this is Brandon.  He is a real boy, not just a picture.  Here in America when we look at his picture and we think about his needs, we think about what we don't have- the time, the money, the energy, the love- to raise this child.  But it all comes into perspective when you are standing in an orphanage surrounded by these precious little ones- these little ones who have so little,  lacking even the basic things we take for granted (like family).  All of a sudden you realize how much you have.  And how much you have to give.

Little Brandon is three years old and he needs a family to bring him home and call him their own.  His special need is arthrogryposis, and he is listed on an individual agency list.  If God is tugging on your heart and you just want to know a little more about Brandon, please contact me at haleyuf at hotmail dot com.

Lifting up prayers for sweet Brandon tonight and trusting that God has a perfect plan for this boy's life!