New Horizons for Children had a fund raiser, where for a donation of $50 to their ministry, we could send a gallon baggie filled with goodies for our host child. The New Horizons staff and volunteers took these baggies to Ukraine and Latvia when they went to interview more children for their hosting program a couple of weeks ago.
We sent Sandija letters, cards, song lyrics, material for sewing, lollipops, gummy bears, tights, dental floss, squiggly shoe laces, batteries for her mp3 player, gum, pistachios...and more.
Today we were blessed to receive some photos in our inbox. Sandija's roommate has periodic access to email. She wrote us a sweet note, saying that Sandija loves us and that she enjoyed her goodies that we sent.
Here's a momentary smile...excited to hold her bag of gummy bears...
And yet, sadness in those eyes...
For all the ups and downs of the hosting period, we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Even if she chooses not to be adopted, she will always know that there's a family in this world that loves her. That's something that cannot be bought with money. It goes down into the very depths of who she is.
And now it's time for a new group of children to be selected for hosting during the Christmas season. Please consider giving of yourself this Christmas to invest in a child's life in a way that is bigger than you can possibly imagine. Please see New Horizons for Children for details.