I hate to admit it, but there are some people out there in the world who are not as supportive of orphan hosting as I am.  Those others often say that it’s cruel to bring the orphans to America, share a bunch of fun and gifts with them, then just ship them back to a crummy life in an orphanage. 

I witnessed a perfect example of these contrasting viewpoints when I shared our hosting story with some local newspapers to see if they would be interested in doing a story on us.  A writer from our town paper contacted us almost immediately and enthusiastically wrote a great article for us. While on the other hand, a writer from our big metro paper coarsely replied – “am i the grinch or does this sound like a bad idea? lets show’em a good time for a month then send them back to the orphanage.” ..needless to say, we did not get an article in that paper.

And now I may have you wondering the same thing… “Well isn’t it kinda unfair?”

Let’s talk about unfair. Unfair is not having a mom to rock you at night, or mend your clothes, or help you with homework. Unfair is a dad that leaves your family, or beats you, or dies right in front of you because he is POISENED by his boss when they can no longer pay him (that really happened, by the way). Unfair is watching your drunk mother chose to buy more alcohol instead of paying for your home to be heated, and watch her do nothing as you and your brother are carted away to a orphanage, and then she keeps doing nothing for the next 4 1/2 years while you wait for her everyday. Unfair is knowing she died never coming to see you and you never get to say goodbye or even go to her funeral. Unfair is being brought before a possible adoptive family and they reject you because you are ‘too ugly’. Unfair is going to bed hungry and scared and sad and NO ONE to care.Unfair is being picked on at school because you’re an orphan and having the teacher look the other way instead of help. Unfair is being brainwashed and told you’re worthless. Unfair is literally being dumped on the streets when you’re 16 and being left on your own. It’s no wonder so many take their own lives or turn to drugs and repeat the cycle.
And it’s unfair that once you are older than 5, you have an almost ZERO chance of getting adopted.
These kids have already dealt with more unfair than most of our brains can comprehend.

(this was written by new family that I have connected
with who will be hosting this summer – blog link)

What is really unfair, would be for us to see the need of orphans, reject the opportunities we have to serve them, and be added to the list of those who have treated them unfairly.  It is a blessing and honor to reach out to them.  To show them that the God of Love is not unfair, but full of mercy, justice, and compassion.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
   what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
   be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
   take God seriously.
Micah 6:8 (The Message)