As an adoptive mom, today's book selection, The House of Hope: God's love for the abandoned orphans of China by Elisabeth Gifford, focuses on a subject near and dear to my heart. It chronicles the work of Robin and Joyce Hill who have cared for over 1,000 medically needy orphans to date in China. Here's why I enjoyed and endorse this book.
Many people recognize needs. A rare few actually roll up their sleeves and provide a solution. Robin and Joyce Hill are definitely the latter. They didn't embark on a China adventure hoping to save the world. Instead, while living in China on a work assignment, they saw children needing love and care. Soon they felt called to help the ones they could. They quote the starfish story to illustrate their vision:
Hundreds of stranded starfish were dying along a beach, and an old man was slowly throwing them back into the sea one by one. Someone came along and pointed out that his task was hopeless and told him, "It won't make any difference, there are too many for you to save them." But the old man held up a starfish and said, "It makes a difference to this one," and then threw it back in the sea. [pg. 20]
The author continues, "It is impossible to meet the Hills and hear their story without asking questions about how you live your own life." And that's exactly how I felt reading this book. If the Hills could go from offering one orphan a cot in their dining room to providing surgeries, medical care, foster homes, and sometimes even adoptive families to sick and abandoned children in China, surely we can all pitch in to make a difference in our own little corners of the world.
The book is filled with scripture, stories, and color photos around the Hill's work at Hope Foster Home and a partnership with Steven Curtis Chapman's ministry, Show Hope and Maria's Big House of Hope (named after the Chapman's deceased daughter.) It's inspiring, uplifting, and empowering. Plus -100% OF THE PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK GO TO FUND THE WORK AT HOPE FOSTER HOME.
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About The House of Hope: 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. Learn more about Hope Foster Homes here: http://www.hopefosterhome.com.
"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
"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example."
--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love
About Elisabeth Gifford: Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist who has written for the London Times and the Independent Newspapers. She lives in Kingston, England, and teaches children with dyslexia.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for posting a review on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Litfuse Publicity Group.