When my husband and I decided to host a teenage girl from Colombia, we had no intention of adopting again. We already had two adopted sons and a biological son, but I missed the youthful energy and excitement that used to fill our home. I also missed attending sporting events and making quesadillas with our

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The Not So Empty Nest

Hosting a child from Colombia was a life-changing experience that taught us valuable lessons about parenting, culture, and the power of love. Learn about our top three takeaways from this incredible journey. In our 30s and with no intention of becoming parents ourselves, my husband and I were always looking for ways to give back,

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Three Lessons Learned from Hosting a Child from Colombia

Summer 2015 was our first experience with hosting. We learned about hosting from friends. My wife and I always wanted to adopt but figured that was not going to be possible after our special needs child was born. However, five weeks of hosting a child seemed like something our family could handle. We eagerly anticipated

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What a Difference a Rehost Makes

Our family became familiar with Project 143 just in time for winter hosting 2015-2016. I searched all of the available children’s information and discussed everything with my family. However, I was instantly drawn to a girl who was hearing impaired. I sincerely hoped to help her with a hearing evaluation and possibly hearing aids while

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Hearing Aids for Hosting

The world works in very odd and mysterious ways. I am fairly involved in the adoption and foster care community, yet I had never heard of orphan hosting. My introduction came when a friend shared a post on Facebook. She herself hadn’t hosted but was simply helping to spread the word. Without that one Facebook

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One Facebook Share Changed Her Future

This past Christmas, my family decided to host for the very first time. Through a series of events, we were matched with a beautiful 13 year old girl. While we might not have originally intended to host a teen girl, God knew she was meant for our family and we immediately fell in love with

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Baptism Wish for Hosting

Part 1: Change of Plans Ten years and, literally, everything has changed. But, before we get to that, here is how quickly 31 years can pass: Birth to 17 years old, I was kept safe and deeply loved. I took this for granted. God would eventually show me how so many others did not have

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10 Years Changes Everything

Many of us think of international work and travel as exciting and glamorous, right? Skipping through airports, passports in hand, dressed sleekly in black with a simple leather bag and looking fabulous. Well, those people may exist in Vogue, but they sure aren’t part of the P143 interview team. At this point, I’ve been on three

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Hope Infused Interview Trips