13 October 2014

Our Village, at it again...

...but this time it's not our family about to be changed, it's our friends'.  Our friends wrote a letter to reveal their plan to host, so instead of botching up an already beautifully written thing I would like to just share it here with you:

Dear Friends and family, 
I wish that I could sit down with each one of you over a cup of tea and tell you this amazing story. But we are separated by distance and time! So thank you for reading this, and sharing in our life.Last week one of my best friend’s, Kara called me heartsick for a little girl she had seen on the New Horizons for Children Facebook page. For those of you who are unfamiliar with New Horizons, they are a Christian organization who facilitates hosting orphans from Eastern Europe and China during the Christmas and summer holidays. Over these holidays the orphanages close down and the children are sent to foster homes and other camps within Europe and the United States. The children who are hosted in the US are introduced to life outside of the orphanage and families who could potentially adopt them or support them in someway in their future.So this one little girl had captured my friend Kara’s heart and she was calling because despite the immense love and pull from God towards this child, her husband and her had decided it was not the right thing for them to host her this Christmas. As we talked about the beauty there is just in hearing God’s voice and feeling that Spirit led love that can come from no other, I asked her what the little girl’s name was so I could join her in praying for a host family for her. When she told me that her name was Oksana immediately my heart skipped a beat. Two years ago I had woken from a very vivid dream about a girl named Oksana, who was about 8 or 9 years old from the Ukraine that would be a part of our family. I felt so strongly that this was God speaking to me that I searched every adoption page for a girl that matched that description. I found no child that even came close, so I let it go and gave it back to God.I shared the dream with Kara while we were on the phone and asked her to send me a picture of Oksana. When we were done talking I looked at the picture in disbelief—she looks like one of my kids! Shocked and excited I relayed this whole story to Ethan who was intrigued and told me to find out more information. Over the next several days we filled out pre-applications and waited to hear if she was still available to be hosted and if we would be a good fit for her. We finally heard back last night that they have put her on hold for us and once our application, background checks, home inspections are all completed she will be able to come and stay with us for Christmas!The kids are very excited to share our lives with her and have been praying every day for her. As I put Ada to bed the other night the Holy Spirit was clearly speaking through her as she prayed, “Dear God I pray that you will tell Oksana your story, I pray that you will tell her that you created the world and made her, and that you love her. And I pray that you will send her here so that we can love her. Please protect her tonight and all day tomorrow.” Of course we were both wiping away the tears to hear our child praying for someone she hasn’t even met yet with such love and empathy.This is so much an expression of what we want our lives to be about. We are fully aware that we could open our hearts and home, be vulnerable in loving her and that she may be too hurt to accept it. But we are praying Ada’s prayer over Oksana, and we would be so grateful if you could join is in praying that as well.The cost of bringing her here is a little over $3,000. That cost covers her plane ticket and a chaperone’s plane ticket as well as processing fees and fees for things like our background checks and home inspection. We know that God has brought this girl into our life and will provide all that we need financially and emotionally. If you feel like you have a little extra to donate to help bring Oksana here for hopefully what will be a very love-filled Christmas, we would be so thankful for even the smallest donation.Thank you so much for being in our lives and walking with us through this journey of listening to God! 
In Love,Juliane, Ethan, Eliot, Ada and Finn
This experience is so gloriously awesome and incredibly hard at the same time. We are so excited to experience it again from the perspective of supportive, loving friends much like they were to us two years ago. As you may all remember, this is where we ask for your support with us. Please be praying for this family and their host daughter. If you want to help them through this time, you can comment here and we will pass it along. Most importantly though, we are asking for your financial support. There are the hosting fees, through the agency, that are mentioned above but also the incidentals and family outing costs when she is here. If you want to make a tax-deductible donation directly to the hosting agency you can do that here New Horizons for Children, please make sure you specify in the notes in "make a donation for a specific child" that you want it to go to E0354.

We have a couple other ways you can help them out financially too. The first is with our popular "It takes a village" tees, however, we have only youth sizes left. We are asking for a $10 donation for each shirt and we will donate 100% of that to the Worthington Family. Your kids are just as much a part of this village, in fact sometimes they are the village to these kids coming for hosting. The children coming for hosting are so greatly impacted by the love they feel from their peers when they arrive, why not let your kids know that they are part of this great mission with a t-shirt. You can comment here that you want one and I'll contact you to get the details.
We have 6 youth small, 7 youth medium and 1 youth large. $10 each!
The last way to donate, is by letting me do your Thanksgiving baking for you through our popular Thanksgiving Pie fundraiser! We have had great success for years with these pies and in fact last year they were so popular we sold them at Easter to raise money for our adoption too. We are offering Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple and Apple Crumb and can make them Gluten Free if you are into that, for a small fee. They are $30 each or two for $50. We are accepting pre-orders now and will be donating %100 of the cost to the Worthington Family, our donation will be the cost of the ingredients. Again, comment here if you're interested and I'll contact you for the details.

Thank you for all you have done for our family, we will never be the same after receiving such love and generosity. Our son is home.
And, thanks for considering sharing some of that same love and generosity with dear friends of ours as they embark on their life-changing journey!

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