Monday, September 20, 2010

Go now... New Horizons for Children's website, click on "Hosting", click on "View Photo Listing", enter your email address, name, and city then click "submit".  In your email you'll receive a link to the photo listing of children available for hosting this winter.  Please do one of three things:

1.  Host a child.  I know, I know.  There are a million reasons not to.  There will always be a better time.  You probably do need the money for something else.  But whether you are empty nesters, parents of teens, tweens, or young'uns, or you have no children, if you have a heart for the orphan, this program is for you.  You do NOT have to adopt.  You do NOT have to have a big house.  You do NOT have to speak another language.  You do NOT have to plan a crazy, festive Grizzwald Family Christmas.  All you need to do is be aware if God is gently nudging you to host.  It's four weeks.  Not the rest of your life.  But those four weeks can change the rest of a life.

2.  Read through the bios, look at the pictures, and commit to praying daily for the kids who tug at your heart.  Yes, they all are special, but I believe God always lays one or two children on my heart to specifically intercede for.  I clearly know who I am going to be praying for each day from the winter hosting photo listing.  You may think it isn't much, but believe me - standing up as a prayer warrior for just one of these children can have earth shattering, eternity changing impact.  Commit to being bold in prayer for one of these children.

3.  Consider donating toward a scholarship to help a family host this winter.  It does not have to be a huge amount.  I'm not asking for all of your grocery money.  But I strongly believe this program is one run by people of integrity, who have pure hearts for these kids, and whose sole desire is to be the hands of feet of Jesus to children who are often ignored or disregarded.  You can designate money for a particular child or have the hosting program apply your donation to a child they believe will most benefit from four weeks in a functional, Christian home.  (And do not let that description scare you off - we are considered a functional family home.  :)  They are not looking for perfection, they are looking for the families God is raising up to love "the least of these".)

This is the picture we saw of Inessa a year ago.

It changed our lives forever.

I can't imagine being more blessed.

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