Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Could you be...

 Nazar's family....

A friend of both AJ and mine for many years, along with her family opened up their home to host a little guy from the Ukraine. His name is Nazar and he is about to return home to a government run orphanage where he has no family and no family calls him theirs. Below is a letter... Please read through it, pray and hope that soon he will be an orphan no more...

 
Hi Friends,
Most of you know what has been going on in our lives these past few weeks, but maybe not everyone. I have so much on my heart right now. I know it is long, but please take a few minutes to read the following and learn how we could really use your prayers right now. Thank you.

Two weeks before Christmas, I was at work, and an e-mail came across my screen with a picture of a cute blond-haired blue-eyed Ukrainian boy. He was 10 years old, and the caption said he loves sports, particularly soccer. Really, he looked like he could be one of my boys...except for one thing. My boys have loving parents. He is an orphan. My heart broke as I looked at his sweet face and realized that one difference meant so much more. My boys have more than enough food. This boy is shares mild rations. My boys are tucked in every night. This boy is never snuggled. My boys are being raised in a Christian home where they are shown God's love every day. This boy is raised in a sterile government run orphanage where he fends for himself most of the time. My boys have a bright future ahead of them. This boy will be turned to the streets alone in a few short years. My. Heart. Broke. What if this was Loken? or Jonas? I would want someone to give my older boy a chance if he was an orphan.

So often people consider caring for younger orphans, but the older ones equally need love and a home. Homes of Hope International is an orphan hosting organization. They offer orphans ages 6-15 a chance to come to America for 4 weeks to live with a Christian family. While here, they receive the love of a family, learn of the love of Christ, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and gain experiences they could only dream of. For the child, they believe it is just an amazing opportunity. For the host parents, it can become an opportunity to find the child a forever family.

When my heart first broke for Nazar, the little boy in the picture who needed a last-minute host family, I forwarded the e-mail to Nate and simply asked, "Can he come for Christmas?" Most of you know the plight of orphans is something God has greatly impressed upon my heart. With this, I often melt with I see their individual faces and dream of bringing them home. This one was different. I really really felt he was supposed to come stay with us for a short while. To my surprise, Nate felt the same. We prayed about it a lot, and that feeling never went away. The financial aspect of this endevour was a legitimate barrier though.

A women's group that I'm a part of at Elmbrook is reading, Spiritual Influence by Mel Lawrenz, and that week we read about injustice in the world and our call as Christians to not just know that injustice in the world exists, but to actually see it and act on it. And if God is calling you to do something, we are not to let something else get in the way. God can work through all barriers. Gods was really tugging at my heart now! My heart burst, and I layed it all out for the group. The group lovingly prayed for our situation, and without asking for a cent, the financial barrier was completely removed that very day. Others had stepped up to bring this boy home for Christmas. I sat in my car and wept over God's provisions and how he was clearing a path for Nazar to come here. It was amazing! 

It was just 2 days prior to his arrival that we confirmed he was definitely coming here. We had so much to do to get ready, and I was overwhelmed by the support of friends and family in preparation. Thank you so much to those of you who contributed! We appreciate it greatly. There were other countless fingerprints from God all along the way that confirmed this was all supposed to be.

Nazar has now been with our family for almost 3 weeks. Overall, it has been a mostly awesome experience. We celebrated the birth of our Savior together, and our extended families loved on him. We ice skated, skied, swam, sledded, read, played, ate, learned, and just shared life together. We communicated though lots of silly gestures and laughing. We used a translator to share our family devotions with Nazar, and we even shared multilingual prayers together. "Thank you 'Crest' football" was one of my favorites. We've had challenging moments as well, but overall, it has been an amazing experience as we've been able to offer so much but gain so much at the same time.

So now what? On Saturday, Nazar and I will fly to Atlanta to prepare for his departure to Ukraine on Sunday. Hopefully that isn't the end though. As we've learned to love this little boy, it is heart-breaking to send him back to the present and future that the Ukrainian orphanage system can offer him. In as little as 5 1/2 years, he could be on his own, fending for himself with no family, support, or life-training.

It was so incredibly clear that it was God's plan for Nazar to come here, and we can only hope it is because his forever family is here. Although we love him, we are not feeling lead to offer that home ourselves because, as most of you know, we are already in the process of adopting 2 girls from Honduras. We still are committed to them. Please join us in praying for a home for Nazar. Pray that someone would find room in their hearts and home to invite in this sweet boy and continue to show him the love he does not regularly receive. Pray that someone's heart would be moved to love as God loves us and offer adoption as God adopted us into his family. 

We covet your prayers, and please feel free to share this with anyone you think may be an open door to a loving home for Nazar. 

Also, Nazar is still here until Saturday. We would love to hang out if you'd like to meet him (even just for the sake of meeting him, not just if you'd be interested in adoption. Seriously, no pressure!).

Thank you!
Natasha
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27


Please contact Tasha at wakeboardtash@gmail.com if you feel God calling you to love Nazar as your son...

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