Saturday, November 19, 2011

The House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford

The House of Hope
by Elisabeth Gifford
What a true story of hope! God shows his love to orphans through the hands of His servants. Robin and Joyce Hill gave up the life they knew as wealthy expatriates to care for abandoned orphans, many of which had medical problems, in China. In 10 years, the Hill’s have helped more than 1,000 children get the needed urgent care needed to live, surgeries for more serious medical problems, even helping numerous children get adopted. Each chapter is filled with hope and miracles. God has provided for this family and the children they are caring for in so many ways.
I enjoyed reading about each and every one of the miracles in the book. After knowing friends who have adopted children from China, it was a chance to get to know a little about the life of the children before getting adopted.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.
One couple's powerful ministry to some of China's most vulnerable children

Robin and Joyce Hill lived in a gated community in Beijing. Their family's life was marked by luxury and the security of Robin's job as an engineer. Then one day, as members of their church, they had a chance to tour a state-run orphanage. Haunted by the needs of the children they saw there, for the next four years they tried to help the institute in meaningful ways.

In 1998 the Hills planned to leave China, but instead felt a sudden call from God on their lives. They left their gated community--reserved for only non-Chinese residents--moved their family into a small apartment miles outside of Beijing and immediately began to take in foster children.

They took in any child, but especially those that needed extra care-terminally ill children that couldn't receive care elsewhere, and those that needed complicated and expensive surgeries that the Hills soon began to coordinate and sometimes pay for out of their own savings.

What began as Hope Foster Home is now New Hope Foundation. As they continue their work, the Hills enjoy support from major corporations and high-profile philanthropists as well as the trust of the Chinese authorities. The Hills' story is an inspiring example of God's care and provision for those whom society does not value.

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!"
--Steven Curtis Chapman

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