A Leap of Faith & I Need your Help
I am scared to death to write this… because it makes it so real… But it is time… As we are almost out of time…
So the story goes like this…
This past winter a dear friend of mine, Nicole Dean, hosted a beautiful young lady from Latvia for a few weeks, around the Christmas Holiday, through the New Horizons for Children Orphan Hosting Program. I loved hearing her story and it continues on still, as she is now working on adopting Ivita. Her experience intrigued me, but the whole idea wasn’t for me. Afterall, four children of my own is PLENTY… Even for a few weeks, adding another boggled my mind.
So time went on, and the summer hosting program opened up. Nicole gave me a little nudge, so I went ahead and checked it out. I took a look at the photo gallery, and printed off about 10 kids who really stood out as those I would like to pray for. Afterall, I could certainly do my part and pray! That night I woke up several times with a certain young man in my mind. Soon I asked my husband to also pray for these children, and I asked him if a particular one stood out… He picked the same one I did. His name is Sergiy.
We prayed some more and felt God leading us to perhaps one day host an orphan in our home, but definitely not this year – the timing wasn’t right. We have plans this summer and financially we aren’t ready. Maybe in a few years.
I let it go for several weeks, although Sergiy continued to be on my mind. Whenever I would think of him, I would pray that the right family would come along to host him.
I am not sure what prompted me, I think perhaps the New Horizons for Children Facebook Page – but at any rate, I ended up back on the photo gallery about a week ago and low and behold most children I had originally been praying for have been hosted. However, Sergiy has not. My heart broke and I started praying even harder that the perfect family for him would come along. A few days later still nothing… the deadline to find him a host is this week!
And then, the still small voice… “What about You?” Oh no… not us! We simply can not do it financially right now – not us. “Are you really going to let money be your only roadblock?!? Do you not trust Me to provide?” And honestly after that things were just too obvious to ignore. We prayed for a couple more days, I talked with Nicole and other close friends about it, and I even called the coordinator to find out if any other families had inquired about him. No one had…
So I want you to meet Sergiy:
His Profile says: A ray of sunshine and hope is what you see when you look into this young man’s eyes. When you talk with Sergiy he engages you completely with his smile and excellent eye contact. When asked what he likes to do he said he likes to help do things with and for others. He likes to do what he is asked. He said he had many friends at the school that he likes to play with. He loves soccer and drawling. When asked three wishes he said he would wish for a forever family in America and to learn how to drive a car in America and that was it, just 2 wishes. He was very polite through the entire interview. When asked if he had a choice of a forever family would he like other kids. He said yes but he would like to have younger brothers and sisters. His favorite subject in school is programming and his least favorite subject is math. He said if he could choose anything to learn it would be how to ride a bike. He has been to America with another hosting program once and he was hosted in a city so he never could learn how to ride a bike because he would have gotten hit by a car. He told us this with a great sense of humor laughing. He said he loved cats and dogs and size did not matter.
He is perfect for us… We live in the country – he can learn to ride a bike! Our kids are all younger than him… We just had kittens!
We talked to our kids about it tonight and shared things they might have to give up in order to host him – they were all perfectly content with that. I am not concerned about the language barrier, or adding another child, or much of anything at this point – my only fear is how hard it is going to be to send him back after our five weeks are over. (He will be here June 28 – Aug.2)
The coordinator said he has been in the orphanage for 8 years. He has a mom, who has completely released custody, and they do not know of any other relatives – at all…
He will come with his clothes on their back and that is about it.
Financially, I am trusting that God is going to provide. It is $2950 to get him here. Then we are responsible for getting him clothes, an eye & dental exam, and of course every day living expenses. I put him on Hold tonight, which means I have 72 hours to send in $1100. Then I need to send in another $650 by May 15th. That freaks me out a bit, but I am trusting.
Would you be willing to help? Would you be willing to give up one night eating out this month, or a new outfit, or even a few premade snacks at the grocery store and donate that amount?
You can donate here:
Here is a direct link if you need that: http://fnd.us/c/eJ3d9
We are making a huge scary leap of faith and I can’t wait to share this experience with you!
“The Menu Mom”