May 29, 2012

Ukraine Orphan Hosting Program

I'll never forget the looks on their faces as they came down the escalator at the Austin airport.  They looked tired, scared and were bundled from head to toe in the only clothes they brought to America.

Her name was Oksana and she was coming to our house.  She had the most beautiful blue eyes I had ever seen and she touched my heart the moment I hugged her.  Little did I know that I would be on the journey of a lifetime.  We had a heart for Ukraine after adopting our first daughter, Molly, just 3 years prior to that December night in 2007.  The next three weeks were a whirlwind!  We did all we could to advocate for these 6 little orphans and our appearance on a TV show led to the adoption of our youngest child.  Oksana and her 3 brothers would later be adopted by an Italian family!

Two years later, we hosted a sibling set of sisters and would later return 10 months later to Ukraine to adopt them.  We have seen almost 20 orphans come home to forever families after being hosted with Charis Orphan Care and Adoption Ministry.  I founded the organization shortly after our adoption in 2004 after my heart grew more and more for the orphans left behind.  I had no idea that there were over 143 million orphans worldwide at that time.  The number has increased dramatically since that day.

Charis Orphan Care and Adoption Ministry has helped bring many children over since 2007 and is continuing their efforts across the United States.  We invite you to visit our website by clicking on the link above.  Please feel free to take a glimpse at the children available to come for summer hosting.  The tentative dates are June 25-July 16.  The cost, which includes everything (visas, medical, translations, transportation to/from airport, chaperone fees, airfare, and insurance) is estimated at $2300.  We strive to only charge our cost to host as this is not a "money making" scheme.  We work with reputable facilitators and an attorney in Ukraine to provide honest services.  We look forward to our summer host trip and we are excited that 7 children, so far, are confirmed with willing families!  We have many more that are available and we are praying that families step up to the plate and bring a child into their homes for three weeks this summer!

Thanks for reading!

Be Blessed!