It has been a frenzy of activity here at NHFC as we have reached the signup deadline for the Summer 2013 hosting season!
Now that 4 months of signup, child matching, phones ringing off the hook, and a frenzy of paperwork are winding down, I find myself looking through the list of amazing families and the precious children they have chosen to host who are about to have a life changing summer. I just can’t wipe the smile off my face as I learn of the stories of these families and children! I want to share a few with you so you can see what I can CLEARLY see… the unmistakeable sovereign hand of God Who is actively working out His will on this earth through willing hearts.
Maksims and Dmitrijs have been offered for hosting MULTIPLE times and never chosen. It was very heartbreaking. But after speaking to the family who saw them and chose them this season, I am truly convinced God was waiting for this perfect match. I can’t wait to see what will unfold!
Catrina says… “I had heard about NHFC but said it wasn’t for my family. Saw a picture of a certain boy and my heart changed. It has been reaffirmed he is the boy for us over and over again. Soon I get to meet a piece of my heart I didn’t know was missing!!!”
Sherri says… “6 months ago our 12 year old said he felt God calling him to missions, specifically caring for orphans overseas. He couldn’t fathom why he would sense this from God knowing his medical disabilities prevent him from flying, and he has a very limited diet that cannot be matched outside this country. We told him God knows what He’s doing and to be open and wait for God to show him the rest. So we prayed for God to reveal the rest and through multiple avenues God led us to NHFC. Here we are serving orphans from overseas right in our own living room!!! God is so cool!”
Danielle says… “Asking for help and donations is hard. It is humbling. I’m a person who loves to give, but it is hard for me to take or ask for something. I wrote an email with our hosting needs and sent it to a few friends. Within a minute I had a dentist call me to offer services free of charge. I had someone contact me about an eye Dr, and they are not only providing services but also a translator. When I told the person scheduling the appointment about what we were doing they started sobbing on the phone and thanking us for letting them meet this beautiful boy. And in the last two days I’ve had people I barely know, one who I just met this morning, provide gift cards to cover his needs while he is here. Humbled. Blessed. And so in love with my God right now.”
Mary Ann says… “We’ve been trying to become foster parents for over a year and a half, with still no license. We’ve prayed about it with our small group because I felt there was a reason God was putting up so many road blocks. My brother and his wife introduced us to NHFC, and we immediately identified not one but two children that touched our hearts. After a call to our coordinator she explained the siblings we chose were already selected for hosting….but, the family had called an hour earlier and could not host. The kids we available after all. With so many road blocks with the foster care system, God has opened the doors to hosting. Nothing has felt so right and I know it is God leading the way.”
Kristi says… “I’ve been stalking NHFC for a couple of years and always thought it would be something I would do when I was not ‘the overwhelmed mom of 3.’ I came to realize that we just need to DO it. Now we have a teen boy coming here this summer! We raised all the money we needed within 9 days of our first email sent. It is one thing to read all the amazing ways the Lord provides for orphan hosting and adoptions; it is a totally different thing to actually live through it yourself. We were overwhelmed, amazed, and thankful to watch the Lord work this out for us in a really spectacular way.”
70 Chinese orphans, 150 Latvian orphans, and 116 Ukrainian orphans are coming to spend the summer with a host family! So, in all God has provided families and funds for 336 orphans to come to the USA this summer! Keep in mind that most of them are either school age or handicapped children… who would otherwise go on living in anonymity and never be given this amazing opportunity to be known and loved by a family!
“Every number has a name. Every name has a story. And EVERY story matters to God.”
We are so thrilled to celebrate these 336 precious treasures and the host families who, I believe, are about to have a life changing summer!