We Said, “YES,” To Hosting…
We Said, “YES,” To Hosting…
not fully understanding how, but trusting it would be provided for.
We had quite possibly the most unique hosting situation ever…
In January of 2011, someone in our church walked up to me and handed me a folded check. The only thing they said was, “This is a seed for your adoption.” I was dumbfounded. We had told no one we were even praying about adoption. As much as we desired to bring a fatherless child into our home, we knew it was not financially feasible. That very Sunday, the sermon was about Jesus feeding 5000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. We felt strongly the Lord was speaking to us about supernatural provision. He took the “yes” in our hearts and showed us the way to walk it out.
We began looking into domestic adoption. Somewhere in the process of completing our domestic home study, we came across the P143 website. I had never even heard of hosting. We felt drawn to Latvia and our adoption path took a turn.
Our first hosting was in the summer of 2011. The girls were lovely and we had a fun summer, but they were not interested in being adopted. Knowing we were called to adopt, we hosted again in December of 2011. We chose two sisters but later received the information that something had happened and they were no longer available for hosting. We were actually in the car, on the way to get documents notarized, and we prayed. A van pulled up behind us with the license plate that read, “His Kids.” We strongly felt the Lord wanted us to trust Him in this and so we called P143 back and asked who really needed a family. The children they told us about were two brothers my children had pointed to first when we viewed the photo listing. The boys had been through a lot in their lives and when they arrived, their behavior was a clear reflection of those wounds. They were aggressive towards us and our children. They threw tantrums daily. Through it all, we questioned if we had done the right thing.
Eight days after arriving, one of them broke out in chicken pox. We were a contagious house for weeks and two other children became infected. This obstacle actually became a blessing. Since chicken pox is still considered a serious childhood disease in Europe, the Latvian orphan court allowed them to stay with our family when the host children returned since they were still contagious. Ten weeks after they arrived in our home for hosting, we were standing with them in a Latvian orphan court on our first trip in the adoption process.
We have been a forever family now for two years. The boys immediately grew in body and health. And we all continue to grow in many ways, yet it’s hard to pinpoint specific areas of transformation since we are in the thick of raising them. Even though the transition has not been easy for any of us, these boys seem like they were always meant to be in our family. They bring a dynamic that none of us can imagine not having here now.
However difficult, we are all forever changed. We have been given hearts for the orphan… and have been taken captive by another. This time we are hosting a sister… younger to some and older to others. Everyone is ready to give up whatever needed and to do what it takes to get her here.
Hosting and adoption is a journey. It takes a lifetime to understand all the dynamics of history that arrived in the luggage of these children. Only Jesus can heal all the wounds inside them. And we get to be a part of it.
~ The Clausen Family