This year marks the 3rd year of helping to organize a hosting trip in partnership with Window to Hope- a hosting program a friend of mine and I started at my home church in Washington.
This year we will be bringing 9 kids-- all of who arrived in Kiev today! We head to Seattle tomorrow where we will be for the next 4 weeks staying in host families. (My host family just happens to me named 'mom and dad' :)) It is truly a privileged to get to bring these kids home with me as it is not only a chance for the kids to experience another culture and the love of a family, but it exposes these families to the needs of orphans world wide. God has done some amazing things through this program already and I can't wait to see what He will do this year.
From the moment the kids got off the train today they were a buzz with more questions about what America will be like.
My favorite conversation of the morning was with our youngest traveler, Pasha:
Pasha: So you'll be with us on the plane tomorrow, right?
Me: Yes, Of course
Pasha: So you know how to speak American?
Me: Yes, Of course I do.
Pasha: Wow! So you know a lot of words then?
Me: Yes...a lot of words....
I found it very endearing that he was surprised that the American spoke 'American' :) It seemed like I may have earned some points for being 'smart!' :)
We had fun exploring the city center, playing in the fountains and visiting a children's museum. And then where better to finish the day???
So I guess their first McDonald's experience won't have to be in America afterall! :)
Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!