Kessler Family, Massachusetts

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Vika brought unbounded joy, heartfelt gratitude and unconditional love to all the members of our family. We could not have asked for a better teacher to inform us that orphan or not, opening the door to love and abundance provides for deep and loving bonds to be made. Some of our fondest memories of hosting include seeing her light up when she saw that we had new clothes for her and giant hugs that she gave…just because. If you are thinking of hosting, go into it with an open mind. If you have your own expectations or agenda of how you believe the child you are hosting should respond; you may be disappointed. Be patient, loving, accepting and let them teach you how you can love them. That is really all they want. If you have ever questioned whether this experience can change your understanding of the world, it will. We dealt with some doubters that questioned how these few weeks could make a difference. One night over dinner, one of the chaperones said to us, “The amount of hope a child gets from this month will keep them going for a year.” When we spoke to Vika on the telephone a few weeks ago, after she’d returned, I asked her how she was. She responded that things were better than ever. This was not the response I expected and asked why. She told me, “Because I hold your hugs in my heart every night when I go to bed.”