Before anyone else has the opportunity to say it, I know that I am crazy. Now that that is out in the open, let’s proceed. After a ton of discussion, prayer, and reflection, MJ and I have decided to host an orphan from China for the holidays. A little boy over there has had our attention and our hearts for quite some time now. When I saw his precious face on Project 143’s hosting website, I took it as a sign that we couldn’t ignore this little boy. This little guy is 5 years old, and he has Down syndrome.
The hosting program is set up to allow an orphan to come into your home for 4-5 weeks over the holidays. The program targets children that have virtual 0% chance of being adopted, and gives them the opportunity to experience family life and maybe find their forever family. How awesome is that?!?!
Here is a picture of the little boy that we are planning on hosting.
Don’t you just want to make him smile?!?! We will have the option to adopt this little boy, but we are only taking one step at a time right now. How cool that we decided to do this during Down syndrome awareness month!
So I now what you are all thinking…why? To that I ask why not. We have room in our hearts and our home. I spend my free time advocating for children with Down syndrome. I tell the world to believe in their potential, and to open your hearts to them as Carsten has to mine. I shout at the top of my lungs that they have a voice, and we should all take time to hear that voice. We should take time to see their strengths, and not dwell only on their disabilities. Here is a boy that has been tugging at my heart for more than year, and I wasn’t taking time to hear his voice. NOW I am! I will no longer turn away from you sweet boy! If nothing else, you will have a holiday to remember at our house.
I have had people ask how they could help without having to actually adopt themselves. Well, we would love your financial support in hosting this boy over the holidays. The costs just to get him here are $3000. You can make a donation straight to Project 143 (a 501c3) to help with these costs. I have set up a website for donations specifically for us to host this specific boy. We would love if you would go to:
I will try to make a link on my FaceBook page as well. We can all make a difference! Thanks for your consideration. This will be a tax deductible donation as well! Thank you all for your continued love, prayers, and support. 🙂
Be the change you want to see in this world!