Unfortunately that means we also know we will not be hosting “our” two Latvians.
But we’re excited nonetheless. We’ll be hosting “V” a 15 year old Latvian Orphan that friends of ours met when they were in Latvia during a trip with The Hope Epidemic a few months ago. (That’s her picture at the top of the post). They fell in love with her and have been advocating on her behalf to get her hosted for the summer. When things with our Latvians fell apart we turned to our friends to ask if they had someone they were wanting to be hosted. They immediately told us about “V.”
In case you are not familiar with what I mean by “hosting” allow me to explain it to you. There is an amazing agency (Project One Forty Three is the one that we use) that works to find families to “host” an orphan from Latvia or Ukraine for four-five weeks during the summer and also during the winter. My family had our first experience with this hosting process last winter, and if you’ve been reading my blog you know how much it impacted us. There are several purposes for this hosting process: to show an orphan what it is like to be loved, to show them what a family is like, to show them the love of God, and to help find them a family.
Many of these kids have not had someone love them, and don’t know what it is like to be loved unconditionally. They have not idea what being in a family is like. Our job is to change that for this girl this summer. We’ll love her. We’ll work to find her a permanent home, because for her it is especially critical. You see, she’ll “age out” of the orphanage soon, but more importantly she will not be eligible for an international adoption after she turns 16. The implications of that is unknown, but it is not pretty. Many wind up living a life of drugs or prostitution because of the lack of life skills.
We’ll be opening up our home, and our hearts to V this summer, but we’ll need your help. It will take $2,500 to pay for the hosting fees. This covers her airfare, passport, documentation, and other necessary fees. We’d love for you guys to help us in our endeavor. If you would like to donate money there are two different ways to go about it. You can go to The Hope Epidemic’s page and donate through their (make sure you note it is to go towards “Parker Hosting”), or you can go to Project 143’s page and donate through there (again please make sure to note it is for Parker Hosting/V). Of course, you could always give us a check made out to The Hope Epidemic or Project 143 and we will make sure it gets to the right place. No matter how you choose to give, it would be considered a tax-deductible gift.
You have no idea how much we appreciate any help that you can provide. Brandi and I look forward to sharing our experiences with you as we embark on this new Great Adventure.