Bring Them Home 2016
Organized by: Rosi Hultgren
UPDATE 2/12/16: Praise God! Through this website and and in person support you have donated almost $16,000 which is 32% of our goal! Thank You from the bottom of our hearts! You guys are so amazing!
This summer we met K, S, and E (we'll use their initials to protect their privacy for now) through an orphan hosting program, and we will never be the same. These sisters have been through a lot in their short lives. They have been in the orphanage for six years hoping for a family. A few years ago a family did come forward to adopt them. They met the girls, bonded with them, and promised them a new life; a family. The girls found their forever home with parents that loved them and wanted them. They were chosen. They celebrated with their friends at the orphanage. They had their going away party and were ready to go home. But, the family never came. Only God knows the reason, but the family that had chosen them backed out. They abandoned the hearts that they had promised to love. The girl's dreams were dashed. Their hope was gone. The orphanage director said that they had lost their ability to trust, that they became reserved and hid behind walls trying desperately to protect their broken hearts. In the years since this devastation people who have met the girls and tried to find them a family began to lose hope. One Chistmas the girls were hosted by a family, but despite their loving efforts the walls would not come down. The coordinator who worked on the first adoption had given up hope that the girls would ever find a family. The reality that they face as orphans is scary. Statistics show that 60% of girls that age out of orphanages in Eastern Europe end up as prostitutes and 15% of these aged out orphans commit suicide within the first two years on their own. If nothing happens these girls who are already deeply wounded and afraid will age out and be separated from each other left to face this reality alone New Horizons for Children (NHFC), an orphan hosting program tried to find the girls a host family for the summer. The deadline came for all of the children to be matched and the girls still had not been selected by a host family. The deadline went. Then in a final effort NHFC tried once more to get a family and posted a call on Facebook. One of our daughters and her husband saw it and immediately thought of us. They called us and asked if we were willing to have our hearts broken for the glory of God? So, we took the bait and asked what they meant. They shared with us what they had seen about the girls and what orphan hosting was... we said SURE! After all, we're too old to adopt, but we could handle that for a summer! When we picked them up at the airport we were convinced it was going to be a tough summer. These girls had deep wounds and high walls that only God could make right. They did not smile. They were stone faced and silent. What have we gotten ourselves into? we thought. Then we got home. I don't know what changed, but when they saw our house and the rooms that we had prepared for them it was like they found their home. It was like pixie dust fell on them. From that point on our summer was filled with smiles, giggles, jokes in broken English (or pantomime) and so much joy! In the last few days we saw a part of the girls that they had never shared with anyone. Not only had the walls come down, but it was clear that they trusted us with their hearts. Saying goodbye to those angels was the hardest, the most gut wrenching thing we have ever done. K told us that she never loved a family like she loved us. S cried for days leading up to their departure, all the way through security and out of our sight. E, the youngest who speaks the least English begged us at the airport "adopt, adopt, adopt, grandma adopt!” This spring if someone had told us that we would be adopting again I would never have believed them. But, these girls have packed our hearts into their tiny luggage and taken them halfway around the world. So here we are, ready to embark on our new journey of international adoption. Please help us bring our girls home!