Announcing our $200 Scholarship Winner!

We are so excited to announce our $200 scholarship winner!

For the past week, our ministry supporters have been able to enter their name into a drawing, just by sharing about our new program with  Participants could enter daily by sharing about Amazon on Facebook, Twitter, or making a purchase from through our link. Out of the 260 entries, one winner was chosen to award a scholarship towards the host child of their choice! (Find out more information here.)

The winner chose to split the $200 scholarship between 2 groups of host children!


Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

Please keep shopping with our link, 7% of your purchase will go directly back to our ministry to orphans.

Stay tuned for more fun ways to play a part in our mission and change orphans’ lives around the world!

Scholarship Matching Grant Challenge!

Once again, God is pouring financial blessings onto families who are stepping out in faith to care for orphans and be His hands and feet to these precious children.

NHFC has been given an amazing financial opportunity! An anonymous donor has issued us a “Double Your Dollar” challenge!

For each currently available and unmatched Latvian child who receives a $250 scholarship donated to his/her name, our donor will match ANOTHER $250 to that child. This is a great opportunity to help children who may not otherwise be hosted and double your donation. For sibling sets, our donor is willing to match $250 PER child instead of limiting it to $250 per sibling group.

Also, if you are thinking of hosting a Latvian child but have not pulled the trigger yet, you can donate $250 to your child and receive a matching $250 scholarship to go toward your own host fees!

This offer is only for current unmatched Latvian children. Children currently on hold, already hosted, or from a different country would not qualify for this incentive challenge.

Scholarships greatly increase a child’s chances to be chosen for hosting. If you are currently unable to host but want to play a part in changing the course of an orphan’s life, please consider making a $250 donation to the Latvian child of your choice. Your money will double and give that child the opportunity to spend Christmas in America!

If you do not have a password to view our photolisting, you can sign up for one HERE

When you make a donation, please note in the “special instructions” which child you want to receive your scholarship money! Click Here to Make A Tax Deductible Donation

We love seeing God at work moving financial mountains! If you are a past host family and have a great story of how God brought in the money for your host fees, please post it in a comment below as an encouragement to new and future host families!!

Mission Trip Openings for Christmas! Children to Pray for!

Dear Friends and Family of New Horizons for Children:

THE GOOD NEWS: We still have space available for a great Mission Trip this Christmas! For the price of just one person, your whole family (including the kids) and your friends, can participate in a 4 week Mission Trip, and you won’t even need to pack a suitcase … we will send the Mission to your home! Through New Horizons for Children open your home to an orphan from Latvia or Ukraine and share God’s love and your love with a child who may never have experienced that love before (or ever get a chance to, except through YOU!)

Please SHARE this email if you think every child deserves a chance to experience God’s love and check here for children to pray for and still in need of a hosting family.

THE GREAT NEWS: We received some scholarships to help defray the cost for you to go on this international mission trip!
God is holy and perfect but there is a wide gap between Him and us. That’s why He started the very first mission trip when He sent his Son, Jesus to earth to reach us! Now, you can follow His perfect example and bridge the gap between Him and an orphaned child from Ukraine or Latvia.

Everyone has different reasons they love missions.
Here’s a list of our 10 favorites!
(Let us know if we missed yours!)

James 1:27
– Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence.

A 5-week long summer mission trip that your whole family can go on together AND you can take your friends with you! Partial scholarships have already been added to help defray the cost of this trip! You only have to pack for your mission ONE TIME!

Psalm 10:14 – But you know all about it— the contempt, the abuse. I dare to believe that the luckless will get lucky someday in you. You won’t let them down: orphans won’t be orphans forever.

This road isn’t supposed to be walked alone.  Meet and connect with hundreds of other families on the same mission trip that you are on along with all the staff and volunteers around the country who have been many times and are great leaders!

Psalms 68:5-6 – Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.

For those wanting to go even deeper and truly experience a life changing REAL MISSION TRIP, we provide training by experienced speakers in many locations around the country. Learn about cultural differences, language barriers (how to smash them) and hear from past host children who were later adopted. You’ll also hear from past host families who discovered that the blessing they THOUGHT they were giving to their host child, came back to them a million times more!  Your mission team leaders will explain and share how, as a family, you can get the most from your mission. On line discussion groups and bonus conference calls from the team’s director provide an even greater understanding of what to expect, how to handle specific situations and get the most from the entire mission trip!

Matthew 18:5 – And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.

Some of the world’s fatherless children have a lot to give! Learn from them while you share His love and be the hands and feet of Christ to a child who might never see or feel this without your participation! Build their self-esteem and feeling of self-worth while showing them they DO have a Father! 1 Thes 2:8 – We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

Every family who signs up to host a child receives the following, absolutely and completely by grace: blessings, love, attention from a child who never had much, and God’s love and appreciation for eternity! You might even be the first person who ever gave a hug to the child you receive as your mission AND get their first one offered in return!

Isaiah 58:10  If you feed those who are hungry and take care of the needs of those who are troubled, then your light will shine in the darkness, and you will be bright like sunshine at noon.

Plus One more to think about…  Don’t be stagnant. Go out and DO ministry, DO missions and GO fishing for the KING! Realize, all disciples are Christians, but not all Christians are disciples. Be a DISCIPLE!

Matthew 25:40 – Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

For photos and bios of each of our MISSION CHILDREN:

Description: Register Now to get more information about going on a summer mission trip with us!

Can you think of reasons we missed?  Tell us on the New Horizons Facebook page! (If you “LIKE” our page, we have a donor giving NHFC $1 towards a child’s scholarship fund! We have already raised $2600 and have a total of $5000 available!)

May God bless you on this journey with us!
Le Ann Dakake
Director of Hosting Programs and MISSION TRIPS :>

Psalm 82:3 – Defend the weak and the orphans; defend the rights of the poor and suffering.




Read to Succeed and Reduce Your Hosting Fees

In an effort to help prepare our families for hosting and to educate them on the lives their host kids live back at home; New Horizons has several books we recommend host families read. This year we’ve decided to sweeten the deal and help motivate you by launching a new program called “Read to Succeed and Reduce Your Hosting Fees”. This program provides an opportunity to turn your time spent reading into cash!

Yes that’s right, for each book you read you’ll be entered into a drawing to win $100 off your hosting fees!

We are currently offering this deal for the following books:

To participate read one of the following books:

After reading the books and taking a short quiz, your name will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off your fees. Have your spouse read them as well, that’s another entry! The more books you read the more entries you get!!  Not only will you possibly be able to earn money off your hosting fees, but you’ll also be gaining priceless knowledge about the orphan crisis and this friends will be worth every minute you spent reading. Everybody wins!

If you don’t already own them and need to order these books don’t forget to order them via our amazon link so we can earn scholarship money for your purchases as well!! You can do so on our website.

Head to your local library or amazon today and start reading!


Hosting- A Crash Course in Parenthood

By: Katie John

For those who have wondered what hosting is like, the best way I can describe it is a 5 week crash course in all the stages of parenthood from infancy to adulthood. (While each child and family is unique, and experiences vary, this is a description of a typical hosting experience. My family and many other families have had similar stories.)

The anticipation of waiting for your child’s arrival is like the intense level of anticipation while you’re pregnant. You don’t know exactly what’s coming, but you’re totally stoked for it anyway (along with a healthy dose of fear and nerves). When the child arrives, you fall into each other’s arms… complete strangers and yet in love already.

The first few days are just a disorientated state of not knowing how to handle anything. On day 1 of our very first host experience, my husband and I were fumbling with the translator software to figure out how to communicate with our host daughter. We fumbled with hand motions, drawings, translations… everything. We did a horrible job with it, and at one point I mentioned to him how it was very much like learning to make a bottle when we first brought our newborn home from the hospital. I was a new mother and massively distraught over the fact that I could not piece the bottle together to feed my baby when we got home from the hospital. It just wasn’t working. Milk was spilling everywhere, and I couldn’t figure the darn thing out. (In my defense, Playtex VentAire bottles are ridiculously complicated and should be banished. The end.) It took me 4 bottle making attempts before I actually got one put together with the milk sealed inside. By then I was frazzled, and baby was screaming. haha! Welcome to motherhood! That’s about how frazzled we were for the first couple of days. You just don’t know how to interact with your non-English speaking child until you are thrown head first into the situation to flail around and eventually figure it out. (Going into our 4th hosting, we are getting much better at this.)

The constant intensity of these 5 weeks is much like the first 3 months of parenting. You are EXHAUSTED, lacking in sleep, constantly providing care, support, and new experiences for your child, trying to find extra hours in the day to keep up with your friends, the bills that need to be paid, the research that needs to be done, the alone time you need with your spouse, the bible study book that is waiting to be cracked open, the pile of laundry, etc… and you would sell your right arm for a good 3 hour nap. But there’s no room for that in the schedule, so you keep going. New mothers just keep pushing through the sleep deprivation and plow forward. You wait for a second wind, third wind, fourth wind… by the time you’re done hosting, you’ve probably gone through about 50 extra winds

Over the next couple of weeks you experience many phases of parenthood. When it comes to manners, nobody has ever really showed these children! So we go back to how we taught our 2 year old children… for example, if we want them to learn to say thank you, we say it for them every time. You take the time to model it in front of them every single opportunity you get. It takes a week or two, but they start catching on. It’s the same with other polite statements (Please, I’m sorry, Excuse me, etc…).

When it comes to saying no, you’d better be prepared to draw a line in the sand and lovingly stand firm like you would with a 3-5 year old. Do not cave, or you’ve just undermined your own authority. They will push on the boundary to see if you crack. Both of my kids did that frequently during their preschool years.

You have to teach them (just like you teach your young children) the importance of hygiene, bathing, changing clothes every day, brushing teeth, etc… At first you wonder why they don’t already do this stuff. But remember, your own kids did not come out of the womb knowing how to brush their teeth and do laundry. You taught them as they grew! It’s the same for host kids. They just need someone to teach them. When it comes to these things, you show them how everything works, but teach them in a non-babyish way so they can also maintain their dignity as teenagers while they learn what kids in families already had the opportunity to learn at much younger ages.

Moving on up to the grade school years, you have to teach them English words and phrases just like teaching a first grader. Flash cards, repetition, etc… “Cat! Dog! House! Banana!” Oh, and offer jubilant praise for any kind of success. Our first host child looked at me in shock when I told her I was proud of her… I don’t think they get that kind of praise very much. She was disinterested in learning until I got crazy happy the first time she said something in English. Children LOVE positive reinforcement. After that she asked me the word for all sorts of items around the house (probably just to see me flip out with glee and gushing praise. LOL!).

There are definitely behavioral issues to deal with. Depending on the scenario on any given day, they may have “8 year old” behavior issues or “15 year old” behavior issues. Or it may be some sort of mutant mix of both. In any case, you’re suddenly thrown into the phase of parenthood that is dealing with a very emotional teenager. Lord help me! I had no experience in this area when we first hosted, but hey… I’m learning fast.

As the days turn into weeks, you begin to look at pictures of day 1 compared to current pictures and realize just how far you’ve come and what a change in demeanor you can clearly see. That’s when you sort of realize, “My baby is growing up.” Well, that’s not exactly what you say, but it’s the same concept. The smiling girl who constantly says “Thank you” and is beginning to accept when you say no and skips through the house with joy is NOTHING like the child you picked up at the airport. You look at the calendar and realize just how little time you have left and remind yourself not to waste a single moment.

As you reach the final days, it’s like getting ready to send your grown child off to college. It’s a cruel world out there, no matter where you are on this earth. Your precious child is going out from under your roof, and you have to let go and commit them into God’s hands for safe keeping. You pray you made a difference in their lives and that they will remember what you’ve taught them about life and the God who loves them. Then you give hugs and kisses and let go.

It’s a 5 week crash course in parenthood, and then you come home from the airport, collapse onto your couch, look around, and realize there’s one more phase of parenthood left… the empty nest. It’s a feeling of deep love for that child you never saw coming….



163 Million

I was watching a Michigan football game the other day. I married an Ohio State fanatic, so I will probably be disowned for even speaking the name Michigan (Kidding! Maybe.) The game was played in the Big House (Michigan stadium). It’s a massive stadium and was packed out for the game. I just read that you would have to fill that stadium 1,495 times in order to fit all 163 million orphans that exist on this earth.

Fill this stadium 1,495 times?? Mind= blown.

Or we could get a little more mind boggling… 163 million orphans standing shoulder to shoulder would wrap around the entire earth more than 2 times.

That’s an awful lot of orphans. A crushing number. Numbers that big are easy to look away from, because you’re only one person. You can’t make a dent in the problem. You can’t even scratch the surface of the problem. So why extend yourself to help when you aren’t making a difference? That’s what many people say… or think to themselves.

I think about all those millions of orphans. I wish they all had families. I wish there was no more orphan crisis. I wish I was wealthy enough to place them all in families… every last one of them.

I can’t eliminate the orphan crisis. However, I do possess the ability and resources to change the trajectory of the future for one of these orphans, and that will make all the difference to that one child.

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” -Andy Stanley

“If you can’t feed 100 people then feed one.” -Mother Teresa

The children of NHFC would be in that line wrapped twice around the earth. Somewhere they’d all be standing there. Lost among 163 million faces. But God has pulled their precious young faces out of 163 million kids and set them in front of us to love, cherish, and advocate for. The God of Heaven and Earth has never lost sight of a single one of them. I have seen family after family step forward as God began changing the course of their lives one footstep at a time until their focus had shifted 180 degrees, and the face of one of these children was before them… a snapshot of an insecure nervous little child whose eyes quietly beg for love. Their pictures imprint themselves on the hearts of families as God increases a burden for them.

It bears repeating… “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” -Andy Stanley

Don’t turn away, because the problem is too big. Focus on one at a time. You have the resources to impact one, and to that one child it makes a whole world of difference. God will show you which one.

Host, foster, adopt, mentor, sponsor, fund, pray. You CAN do something.

Host a Child This Christmas

The time for matching host kids with host families for this Christmas is NOW!!!! There are some AMAZING kids coming here this winter and you won’t want to miss out!

Who can host???? ANYONE!! Married couples, single moms (Latvia only), retirees and grandparents too!!!

If you’d like to view the photolisting and bios of the kids who have been selected to participate for Winter 2012 you can fill out this form. Within minutes you’ll have a link and a password and access to photos of some of the most precious little ones EVER.

If you’d like more information about hosting or to ask questions about specific kids, you can contact your regional coordinator.  You can also fill out the Preliminary Application, which will get your contact info into the hands of your regional coordinator! Not sure who your regional coordinator is? Click here to find out.

If you don’t feel led to host, or can’t at this time, please consider donating to NHFC in the form of a scholarship, you can even access the photolisting and choose which child you’d like to provide scholarship money towards.  Scholarships need not be for the full amount (which is $2950 a child), any amount will help, and for some children these scholarships are KEY to finding them a host family. Scholarships are especially important for our special needs kids and our larger sibling groups, your donation could help alleviate the costs that may seem insurmountable to some interested families.  You can find out more about donating scholarship money here.

What do orphans look like???