Well, the trip is over and thankfully, we all find ourselves safely back home. I wish that I could wrap up what we experienced in ten days by saying something like, “Wow, we really accomplished our mission,” or, “Now we can move on to the next task.” However, anyone on our team will tell you that more than anything else, we’ve been awakened to the catastrophic orphan problem plaguing Ukraine and the rest of Eastern Europe. We saw so many tough things, and we know we only saw the tip of the iceberg.
At the same time, I don’t want to minimize the work that God did through us, last week. We celebrated almost 1,000 children, simply because they are who they are. We brought gifts, smiles, and a reminder that there is love in the world, that they are valued in someone’s eyes. We brought diapers, toothpaste, shoes, and even a hot water heater to children sorely in need. Most importantly each child received their very own bible and now have someone praying for them.
But again, this is only the starting point.
As I mentioned last week from Ukraine, I had the opportunity to visit a real-life HopeHouse, where the Totskiy family has adopted five orphaned children. This was a place filled to the brim with love, warmth, and grace—a stark contrast from the dark, cold halls of the orphanage. There was tenderness in Papa’s words and real affection in Mama’s embrace. These children played together as siblings,
sharing a genuine and natural fondness for each other.
During the entire trip, this was the only place where my heart felt at ease. On behalf of our entire team, I want to thank you all for your prayers, support, and encouraging words during our trip.
I’d also like to challenge you.
I want to ask you to stay in touch.
We have another team that left for Ukraine today on a similar mission. They will be blogging for the next ten days from different cities, different orphanages. Please join me in reading about their experiences and praying for their journey.
And after that, you can check here or “Like” us on Facebook for continuous updates on the work of HopeHouse International—from adoptions to building teams to family stories and more.
Whether you were on the trip with us or simply followed our work on this blog, it’s so easy to forget. I know from personal experience that it’s much easier to slip back into the void of my comfort than it is to remember the plight of the orphan. It’s much more convenient.
But to do nothing is to contribute to the problem.
Instead… “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” -Psalm 82:3-4
I thank you again for all you’ve already done, and I look forward to speaking with you again, soon.
Blessings from Nashville, Tennessee, United States,