Hosting Reflection #28–Holding on to God’s Promises-video

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NHFC’s Christmas orphan hosting program is almost over.  Today I had the opportunity to meet with 4 families as they said goodbye to their host children at the airport.  It is a heart wrenching thing to experience.  I wasn’t even parting with a host child, and I was still brought to tears at all the emotions and seeing the families part with the children they have come to love over these past 4 weeks. 

The days after departure can be the hardest.  I’ve heard from many host families that missing these kids and knowing what they have returned to is one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do in their lives.  And at just the right time, it seems, this little gem has been created.  Something the families can hold on to, a memory of the children who have touched so many lives, and a way to help them pray for their children. 

This video, the hosted orphans holding on to cardboard promises from God’s Word, has become an NHFC hosting tradition.  We have families either choose a Bible verse for their host child, or select a verse together with their host child.  They are usually very meaningful, something that fits the child well, as a life verse the host family wants to pray over the child and explain the meaning and trust in that verse to their host child. 

It is so touching to see the video. Each of the 77 photos is a real orphan who was really ministered to by everyday families this Christmas.  The power of God’s Word in their lives can truly change their situation.  Knowing about God’s promises and taking the truth of these words with them to their home countries can make all the difference to these children.

Hosted orphans holding on to God’s promises!

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the photos, thinking about these orphans, and the blessed life they have experienced during hosting.  I even get so caught up that I easily forget… that each of these promises is not only true for these kids, it is true for each one of us.  God did not just put these things in the Bible for them, they are there for every person. 

He has a plan for you.  He will never leave you. You can trust him.  He will wipe away all your tears.  Your life is a gift.  God treasures you.  He is your help.  You are his son.  You are created in his image. He loves you with an everlasting love. He is the closest friend. He will never abandon you.  You are His.  You are a blessing.  He came to give you abundant life.  He is your strength.  He is on your side.  He loves you.  You can always have hope.  Nothing can separate you from his love.  He is with you and watches over you.  God gave his only son for you.  You have been chosen.  He is your defense.  You are his masterpiece.  He chose you when he planned creation.  With Him all things are possible.  He calls you by name.  You are loved.

12ChristmasPromises

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

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Hosting Reflection #15–No Longer Orphans, We are “Children of God”–video

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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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