Friday, May 3, 2013

Oksana is a sweet 9 year old little girl living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.
God has blessed us with the incredible opportunity to host this little girl from Eastern Europe  for 5 weeks this summer!
Oksana is a bright young girl who loves to play with barbies, and bears, and all things girly!

Sadly, the future is bleak for an orphaned child in Ukraine. Without intervention, upon leaving the orphanage, 60% of girls will end up in prostitution, 70% of boys will be on the streets or in jail, and 15% will commit suicide within the first two years on their own.
Hosting can make a huge difference in the lives of an orphan!
They get a first hand glimpse of what healthy relationships can be! Some of these children have never experienced love in a healthy manner or been able to show affection. They also learn about hygiene, American culture, and they’re immersed in the English language! Their lives can be impacted greatly by their time in the U.S.A. and in a family.
Orphans usually feel left out, left behind and unworthy. Their self esteem is many times so low. After coming on our program for 4-5 weeks most children learn as much English as they would typically learn in 4-5 semesters if taught at home in their school. This gives the children pride in themselves and helps boost their self esteem tremendously!
Receiving unconditional love and nurturing and being treated as a member of their host family who will usually maintain contact even after the child returns home to their orphanage. This gives them hope. Learning that they do have a Father, the same Father in Heaven that we all have…who loves us dearly and is always with us and lets them know they are never alone.

To learn more about NHFC, read about their program here:
Please pray for our family as we embark on this adventure to bring Oksana to America this summer. Your prayers for us and Oksana are coveted! Our first need is to raise her hosting fees.  Thank you for your support on this journey! If you would like to help you can visit our webpage.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. - John 14:18