My trip with Visiting Orphans to Ukraine changed my life individually and my whole family's life. Even before leaving, the amount of research I started doing to prepare myself for the trip about orphans and what issues these kids are dealing with on a day to day basis and how being in an orphanage affects their lives as they grow older greatly opened my eyes and heart to helping orphans and I also started considering adoption. After coming back from the trip, my heart ached to leave the kids and I knew I could love these kids as my own. My husband and I started praying about adoption, something he was opposed to at first. During this year of prayer, as a family we decided we wanted to do more for orphans around the world and to help keep kids from becoming orphans. We now sponsor a child through Compassion, decided to sponsor three children through House of James which my team visited while in Ukraine, helped at a Compassion table during a concert, and held two Compassion Sundays at our church where other kids were sponsored. We also set up a special ministry savings account that we use to help vulnerable children locally and around the world.
At the end of a year of praying, my husbands heart was changed and he was seriously considering adoption. We went to Summit 9 held by Christian Alliance for Orphans and that really bought unity to our decision to want to adopt. We are now in the process of adopting a child from China and we are so excited! Without God prompting me to look up on the internet different groups that visit orphans, and finding Visiting Orphans right away, I don't think my family or I would be doing any of the things we are now. I'm so grateful for the trip I took with Visiting Orphans and I encourage anyone I talk to to go. I have bought many VO t-shirts to wear to spark the conversation! :) I think Visiting Orphans does a wonderful job helping and not hurting orphans and trains their leaders and staff so well that everything is run smoothly, efficiently, compassionately and ethically. Thanks for all you do!