Our choice to host forever changed our family. It taught us a lot about ourselves, the good and not so good. Our awareness concerning the world beyond us and the very real and desperate needs of others, specifically orphans, is something we can no longer ignore. Our experience also introduced us to our soon-to-be son. The Weisman family of five will soon be a family of six.
Hosting changes lives: for the host child, for the host family, and for the extended family and friends. You never know when you might cross paths with a forever family for one of these kids. I don't know who received the biggest blessing, our host daughter or our family. Every time we host, I fall in love again. The kids we have hosted are some of the humblest and most appreciative kids I know. I hope they rub off on my biological kids. Lol! I have always bought a big family gift at Christmas to go along with the kids' individual gifts. But, when we are hosting, that is our family gift, our kids receive fewer individual gifts, and our kids are completely good with that. These experiences have helped my own kids realize the world doesn't revolve around them. Relationships are the most important of all things in this world. Relationship with God and relationship with each other. To ignore the fatherless is to ignore part of our purpose. How can I NOT get involved? Hosting is the single most important thing I have ever done outside caring for my own children. They actually become part of my own family, my children. Wherever they end up, I hope they always remember our time together. I will never forget any of them.
Hosting changes the lives of these young children, they're exposed to being chosen and loved relentlessly, possibly for the first time in their lives. It changes the heart of the hosting family as well. Host parents and their children learn to love without abandon and love like Christ loves them. It's the gospel in action. Nothing stays the same, everything is changed for the better.