Can’t Leave Home? No Problem

Can’t leave home to serve on foreign soil?
No problem!!
This isn’t the summer for you to take a mission trip?
No problem!!
Can’t afford a family vacation this summer?
No problem!!!
Perhaps you’ve been wracking your brain, wondering 
 what the highlight of your summer will be.  
No problem!!!
Or maybe you’re one of those people who daydream:
Wondering what the real purpose of your family is? 
Ever daydream what it would like to have a large family?  {even for just a few weeks} 
Ever ponder what it would be like to adopt an older child?
What if you could answer all of the above in the blink of an eye?
By spending part of your summer serving 
“on foreign soil”
without ever leaving American soil…
Can you think of a better investment on American soil than this?
Opening your home to an orphan
 for 4-5 weeks
and loving each unconditionally
and offering them 


And that my friends,
is called a 
for eternity!
As I’ve communicated back and forth in 
preparation to do this post,
I learned something that make me completely squeal…
this hosting program has 
recently begun a Ch*na hosting program as well. 
New Horizons for Children 
would love you to take a peek 
at just a few of the faces who desperately long
for you to open your heart and home for 
only 4 – 5 weeks this summer

For those wondering what it would be like to have a big family….
How about a set of siblings?
Can you imagine spending 4 – 5 weeks reminding them that they
are precious in His sight?
How about spending a few weeks loving on this beautiful girl 
and telling her how beautiful she is to Almighty God?
{N is to be considered as HOST ONLY & SPECIAL NEEDS – 
She was one of our favorite children. N was wonderful to talk with 
and we really enjoyed speaking with her. She would love to visit America
 and see the ocean, a swimming pool, and a theme park.
 Her Director said when she asks her to do something, 
N always does it right then and goes above and beyond to make sure it is done right. 
She loves working in the garden and really loves spending time with adults. 
She is such a special little girl who deserves to be blessed this summer. 
You’ll soon realize that N will be the one blessing you! 
N currently has a $120 hosting scholarship!}
Or this handsome young man….
that God has an amazing plan for his life?
{Do you know what it’s like to be chosen last or worse yet not chosen at all?
 This boy pictured below named N does, he’s been interviewed for hosting several times before 
and was never chosen. Something a child should never have to feel! 
He has a hearing problem and should wear a hearing aid in one ear, 
but he prefers NOT to use it. Perhaps some time in a loving environment 
would give him the confidence boost he needs to make the decision 
to wear it on regular basis. N is very small for his age, 
and so he is often picked on.
 His social worker has nothing but good things to say about him. 
He wants to learn how to paint, and train to be a mechanic. 
Can you make room in your heart and home for N this summer?
 He currently has a $700 hosting scholarship.}
Or how about this young man below…
it’s his last chance to be hosted
he desperately needs to know that 
God can move on his behalf….
{K is considered HOST ONLY as he is too old to be adopted. 
He will graduate this fall and be out on his own in the world. 
K very recently gave his life to Jesus. He desperately wants a chance
 to come to America, because he says he wants to learn English better 
(which he knows will help give him an advantage when looking for work). 
He also says he wants to learn more about God and to grow in his new faith. 
There is nobody near him to teach him about God, but he knows there
 are Christian families in America who can help him. He also says 
he wants to learn more life skills to equip him (cooking, decision making, 
money management, etc…). He is hoping someone in America will 
mentor and disciple him this summer and offer him hope for his impending future. 
We feel that he needs a family who can be committed to mentoring 
and teaching him with the knowledge that the clock is ticking for him and
 time is almost up. He currently has a $300 hosting scholarship!}

Notice the joy of being hosted…

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.}
The young man pictured below….
{R is a smart, talented, cooperative, easy going boy who will 
soon age out of the system. He comes from a supportive foster family
 and is emotionally appropriate for his age. He is a talented artist!
 R helped his winter family willingly with household and outside chores.
 He understands prices and budgeting. He is always shy at first meeting 
new people but warms up after a while. He has a wonderful smile and laugh! 
He loved riding bikes and horses, and an American roller coaster. 
His English is very good. He is very bright and is a wonderful
 boy that would fit well into a family with kids of any age, 
has grown children, or as an only child! 
This will be Rs last chance to find a forever family!}
Three siblings…
they would bring such joy to your home…
A mission field right in your own home…
serving and loving these three
{S, S & L need a family with experience and structure! 
S was calm in our interview, and told us she likes to draw, paint, dance 
and play with dolls. She would grant more holidays from school 
if she were the orphanage director. S likes dolphins and raspberries. 
You can see in her picture that one eye turns inward, she could benefit
 from an eye exam stateside. She and baby brother L will really need structure and supervision. 
L is a precocious, active, fun, physical animated story teller!}

I love this girl’s smile…
look at her ‘after hosting’ picture…
Do you see the potential to be a missionary 
right in your own home?

Sharing what you have…
including your backyard and trees

with those who have nothing….


and reminding each their value to Almighty God…
and of all the promises of God
Every one needs to learn or be reminded that
 God created them for a 
very significant purpose
{Brothers below: S and younger brother Z were hosted during winter program. 
S is a delightful, smart young man—responsible, kind and caring of his younger brother,
 easy-going, great sense of humor even in his broken English. 
There is NOTHING negative that I could say about S. 
Z is a bright, cheery boy with a good sense of humor. 
He is sensitive to others and likes to share. 
He likes sports of all kinds and is athletic. 
He enjoys writing and appears very well educated. 
He is very affectionate and loves to be hugged.}

Even though they have faced tremendous pain
and tremendous rejection…
God still has a plan
even in the pain
and rejection…

and that they can have a life of hope 
because of the Hope-giver
the God of Universe
And here are some faces from the recent 
Ch*na hosting program…

some photos during the hosting program…
This picture below just makes me cry…
Do you see his arm linked in that man’s arm?
Oh how the heart longs to belong….

So how about it?
Could you be a missionary in 
your own home
this summer?
In fact, make hosting an orphan a church project and allow your
 church to help love an orphan{s} this summer
Here’s where to find the details:
Curious about the treasures holding signs of the promises of God?  
It’s part of their program and it’s called Holding on to God’s Promises: 
Each hosting period families are asked to help their host
 child participate in a “Cardboard Promises” project and 
chose one of God’s promises with their host children as a way 
of speaking these promises over their lives. 
We are believing no matter where they go, they will keep 
holding on to God’s promises!
 Please join with us in praying these promises over the children!
Lastly, if you are not able to host, could you at least advocate for these treasures?
Tell your family and friends about this unique opportunity to be a missionary 
without every American soil….

7 thoughts on “Can’t Leave Home? No Problem

  1. Thanks for sharing! We are preparing for our second summer of hosting through New Horizons. WE LOVE IT!!!!!!

    For those of you considering it, please know that there is a lot of online support (in addition to the amazing volunteers who run the organization)- host families keep blogs and there is a very active closed facebook page for each hosting group.

    Finally, don't let finances keep you from being obedient. Be willing to let those in your life help you with that part. Just like you they are called to care for the orphan too! Last summer we found out about hosting 12 hours before the closing deadline, prayed, decided to host, shared with our friends, and fully paid within a few days!

  2. Laura, Thank you so much for writing. People like you, who have done it, are the perfect 'advertisement'. I pray that each child available to be hosted, would have a family find them and do it and make a difference for eternity! Bless you!

  3. I've looked into this before and was told it is only for Americans…:( I'll keep looking and perhaps we'll eventually find an organization that will work with Canadians. Focus on the Family's "End the Wait" campaign should certainly have an impact on bringing more awareness in Canada, which will hopefully result in more programs.

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  5. I wanted to let you know that the last time (a couple weeks ago) you posted about orphan hosting I shared it on FB hoping it might spark someone's interest (we are likely, finally, bringing our two Haitian sons home this summer after three years, so it wasn't going to work for us). Now, I am happy to share that my SISTER is hosting a 12-year-old boy from the Ukraine and it's a total God story! Here is her blog about it if you want to see ( because you started it, and it's a story of God's faithfulness you will love! Thank you!

  6. I also want to thank you for writing and advocating for these kids. We have hosted 3 times (a total of 5 children) through New Horizons for Children. The most amazing part is that as much as you are blessing and changing the lives of these children, God is doing so much more to bless and change you. Its like He fills you up so you can pour into these kiddos and you get the blessing of the "extra". We have experienced a total transformation in our family because of this program and our host children. Thank you for spreading the word.

  7. I'd love to do something like this, but I think you need to be a couple or family. I don't think it's open to singles. Of all the kids you've shared (and those on the site, too), I can not get 'K' off my mind. I'm praying every day that someone will step up to mentor and disciple this him this summer, before he is out on his own after graduating in the fall. The fact that there's no one near him to teach him about God, but that he's hoping for someone to disciple him in his new faith this summer… *whew*. That breaks my heart. Imagine the impact a godly family could have on this young man's life! Thanks for sharing, Linny!

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