It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Hosting Day 1

We arrive at the airport way, way too early but that is ok. We aren't the only ones, so all of us anxious host families can wait together! Volunteers start to show up to help the kids get to us the host parents and onto connecting flights. There are so many people who are working behind the scenes to make this happen. These people are serving "the least of these."  It was absolutely beautiful.

Anxious host sisters playing cards as they wait at the airport. 

We stood facing the gate with our welcome sign and scanning every single face. Assisted by a volunteer (and dear family friend) our oldest host daughter, N1, snuck up behind us! Michael and literally could not comprehend it was her for a minute! This exhausted girl was soon I our arms! ( She is so much smaller than I remember.)

The day is bittersweet because we are missing one. Our younger host daughter, N2, is not here. The US Embassy in her her country has denied her a visa. We don't have many details. Our hosting organization, NHFC, is working tirelessly to appeal. We have been working with our Congressmen, who are also advocating in our behalf. 

N1 is carsick. Poor child is exhausted and now sick. She refuses all drinks and snacks. Finally falls asleep and has some relief. I have hugged, kissed, hand held, and just patted this child almost constantly. (For those of you who don't know, I am not a touchy person...at all!)I cannot believe she is here!

Three is better than two...four will be even better! 

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