Each of the 202 orphans who were welcomed into a New Horizons host family this summer each came to America with their own stories, backgrounds, and burdens.  They have been neglected, abused, and deprived of the love of a family.  Many of them have lost their sense of worth and joy. 

And that’s exactly what the host families were able to give to them.  They were loved and cherished.  They were given the chance to receive words of life, rather than the words of death that have been spoken to them throughout their childhood.  They were able to take with them the knowledge that they were no longer forgotten and abandoned.  There is a family in the US that loves them and a Heavenly Father who loves them even more.

Host families were given the opportunity to choose a special promise from God for their child.  They then made a cardboard sign with that promise, and take a picture of the child holding it, as they hold on to the promise God has for their lives.  Each of the pictures has been compiled to make a beautiful video:

“Children of God” by Third Day

 

These promises are not only for the host children.  These promises are for you. They are for me.  We began far away, orphaned because of sin, but now all of us who are in Christ are children of God.  He has spoken each of these promises to every one of us.  And even speaks those still now to those who have yet to become children in His eternal family.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1 (NIV)

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