Before the conference, I had never even heard of Orphan Hosting and had no idea what it even was. What I learned will forever change me.
I've long known that orphans across the globe are much less likely to be adopted if they are older, have special needs, or are waiting with their siblings. It's a truth that's hard to process and has left me wondering "what can I do" about these sweet young children, who, through no fault of their own, could realistically grow up without a mother or a father until they "age out" of their orphanage and are left to live adulthood without knowing the permanency of a childhood home.
For me, right now, advocating for waiting children and Orphan Hosting is the answer. I pray this blog post answers your questions about Orphan Hosting and that it stirs your heart to consider if God would have you join this crusade to bring the mission field to your home and show an orphan the love of Jesus, if only for 5-6 weeks.
The following information is taken from Wide Horizons for Children's Orphan Hosting Program, the program that has an urgent need for host families as they have 29 orphans who still need hosting for the summer session and the deadline is this Wednesday. These are children who have been prepared to come to America for this program. Please pray for them to find host families and ask God if that host family should be YOU! :)
What is Orphan Hosting?
Christian families (like you!) can invite an orphaned child from Latvia, Ukraine or China to become a member of your family for a period of time. We offer orphan hosting programs three times a year. 5-6 weeks in the summer (Late June – Early Aug.), 5 weeks over Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb) and 4-5 weeks over Christmas Holidays (Mid Dec. – Mid. Jan.). Being included as a member of a family and receiving unconditional love gives an orphan HOPE for a better future. Learning they do have a Father, the same Father in heaven who loves us all, gives an orphan the promise they are never alone.
NHFC is the largest faith based orphan hosting organization in the USA. Since 2002, thousands of orphans have been hosted through our ministry, matching orphaned children to Christian host families nationwide. Typically about 450 children per year are served and growing!
How does it work?
Four times a year, our mission team travels overseas to meet and interview children in their orphanages. A host family is able to select the orphan they would like to host through our password protected online photo listing which provides a recent photo and brief biography. Matching begins after each interview trip.
Hosting is open nationwide and ideal for Christian families with a heart for missions, but cannot travel overseas for a mission trip. In this case, we bring the mission into the family and local congregation. Host families agree to help cover the cost of airfare and other incidentals and provide these children with an intimate view into life inside a family.
Many of these children have never had a positive family experience. They get a first hand glimpse of what healthy relationships can be! Some of these children have never experienced love in a healthy manner or been able to show affection. They also learn about hygiene, American culture, and they’re immersed in the English language! Their lives can be impacted greatly by their time in the U.S.A. and in your family.
Why is Orphan Hosting so Important?
Orphans usually feel left out, left behind and unworthy. Their self esteem is many times so low because they have been labeled in their home city by peers as “orphans”. After coming on our program for 4-5 weeks over Christmas holidays or during the summer months, most children learn as much English as they would typically learn in 4-5 semesters if taught at home in their school. This gives the children pride in themselves and helps boost their self esteem tremendously!
Receiving unconditional love and nurturing and being treated as a member of their host family who will usually maintain contact even after the child returns home to their orphanage. This gives them hope. Learning that they do have a Father, the same Father in Heaven that we all have…who loves us dearly and is always with us and lets them know they are never alone.
What do I do if God tells me to say YES to Orphan Hosting?
Step 1: View the Available Children: Children’s Photolisting
Step 2: When You Have Found One or More Children that you Love, sign up with the PRE-APPLICATION
Thank you, friends, for sharing my passion and for praying about what you can do.
P.S. Watch the blog for more information on how Orphan Hosting will affect our family in the Summer of 2014 :)